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Housing Options

Housing Options
The options for senior housing seem vast; and, for families just beginning their search, it can be daunting. Fortunately there is extensive information available on every option from home care to assisted living facilities to nursing homes. Also available are some less common options like Eden Alternative Nursing Homes, Green Homes and home sharing.

Senior Housing Demystified

  • What Parents Want: Helping Mom and Dad Find Senior Care

    A senior move is a challenging prospect. Here’s how you can help your parent find the best option among the many senior housing choices.

  • What is a Reverse Mortgage?

    A reverse mortgage allows you to convert the equity in your home into tax free cash without making any monthly mortgage payments.

  • A Growing Older Population Means A Growing Need For More Senior Housing

    Affordable senior housing as well as senior-friendly design features are needed for safe aging in place. 

  • Senior Transitions: How To Downsize

    Moving from one living arrangement to another is one of the hardest changes to deal with both emotionally and financially. Sometimes families, in particular senior citizens, need to make necessary transitions. Most commonly there comes a time when aging seniors must move to more appropriate housing such as assisted living or a nursing home to accommodate disabilities.

  • The Right Move: Working with a Senior Move Manager

    A Senior Move Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or aging in place. Senior move managers provide a multi-faceted approach to the move process: from space planning in the beginning to post-move support and advocacy.

  • Meet Your New Next Door Neighbor

    With this housing alternaive, you and your parent each maintain your privacy, but you’re also close enough to be there in an instant.

  • Memory Care Facilties

    Forgetfulness is very common. Who among us has not forgotten his or her car keys, entered a room only to forget what we went in for, or dialed a phone only to forget for the moment who we were calling?

  • Making Smart Housing Decisions: Considering the Costs

    When it comes to senior housing there are four main options to consider: in-home care, home share, assisted living and nursing homes. Too often though, cost is the key factor in the decision-making process.  Furthermore, many people believe that Medicare and Medicaid will cover them for particular senior services. They are disheartened to discover both programs only cover certain requirements and only for a particular length of time. This article examines each of these main options and the costs associated with them.

  • Making Smart Housing Decisions: ADLs and IADLs

    One of the most important factors when considering what type of long-term housing is appropriate for a senior is to carefully examine what are known as the ADLs and the IADLs.

  • The New School Option: Senior Housing On or Near College Campuses

    Many seniors and elderly are choosing to live on or near a college campus. This development is win-win for the seniors,the university and its community.

  • New Concepts in Elder Housing: The Eden Alternative and Green Homes

    Green Houses and the Eden Alternative are elder housing approaches developed by Dr. William Thomas in the early 1990s. They are an innovative and bold step toward the radical overhaul of the system of housing and nursing care for the elderly. The Eden Alternative nursing homes and Green House project offer elders a warm, homey environment that minimizes the sterile, institutional atmosphere of most traditional nursing homes.

  • Adult Day Care Services

    For family caregivers, home care services for an elderly or disabled family member are important. However, adult day care services can provide a welcome addition to care for everyone. For seniors, adult day care centers supply attention, companionship and recreation they might not otherwise have during the day. For their loved one, these facilities provide peace of mind and give respite to caregivers to allow them to work, handle their own personal business or even simply relax.

  • Getting Started: The Three Most Popular Housing Options for Seniors

    As your parents age, they may need to consider augmenting or changing living arrangements. This can be a difficult transition for them and for you. It might seem daunting, but with some careful research and planning, the appropriate choice can be made with the following three being the most popular ones. In determining appropriate care environments, you’ll want to start by carefully considering the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) – typically self-care activities like bathing, toileting and eating – and the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) – things like grocery shopping, meal prepation, bill paying. It’s important to develop a clear understanding of your parent’s current level of functioning and his or her expected level of functioning for the immediate future. 

  • Independent Living: The Community Approach

    An independent living community provides the senior citizen the most versatility and freedom of independence. The resident lives in an easy-to-maintain private apartment or house within a community of other seniors. Independent living communities are also known as:

  • Is it Time for a Nursing Home?

    The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging reports, "of the almost 6 million adults age 65 and over with long-term care needs, only 20% receive care services in a nursing home or other institutional setting, with the remaining 80% receiving assistance at home and in the community." So how do you know when it’s time to make that move from home care to an nursing facility?

  • Assisted Living: Long-term Care Options

    Assisted living offers seniors the benefits of independence while providing the extra support they need to maintain that freedom.

  • When It’s No Longer Safe for Your Aging Parent to Live at Home

    With the average age continuing to increase, the likelihood that you will in some way be responsible for caring for your aging parents continues to grow. While some adult children choose to bring their aging parent into their own home or provide assistance to their aging parents so that they can remain independent in their own homes (aging in place), there may come a time when it is no longer safe for your parent to live alone. Determining when that has occurred in the life of your parent may be extremely difficult.