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When it is time for older family members to retire, some choose to head down to senior living communities in warmer states. However, there is a vast array of senior living options for retirees making this move, which can make it confusing at first. At Senior Living Help, we can provide assistance with locating all types of senior living. Either browse by state below, or read what options are available so that we can help you find the best senior living facility.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Help Finding At-Home Care
Some families do not feel like their loved one needs to leave home and become a resident at an assisted living community. Such families prefer to have their loved ones stay at home, and when they develop an increased need for more care they prefer to get a home-based caregiver.
At-home caregivers tend to the medical and social needs of the older adults in the comfort of their home. It works for older adults who might have homes they do not want to let go off or have loved ones who want them nearby. We can help you find the best home health care agencies near your location.
Help Finding Day Care Facilities
There are adult day care facilities all over the U.S., allowing retirees to check in the morning and go to their own home at the end of the day. Some adult day care facilities are part of larger senior living communities, while some primarily function as adult day care facilities or a combination of the typical assisted living complex with some residents living within the premises.
They suit older adults who need a bit of help or supervision during the day but their families would prefer that they stay at home. These facilities also bridge the gap for the level of care families cannot offer their older loved ones at home. There is also the benefit of mingling with peers and the comfort of going back home to a familiar environment at the end of each day. We will help you find the best day care facilities close by to you, so that your loved one can stay at home with you for the night.
Help Finding Independent Living (IL) Communities
Seniors who maintain much control over their daily lives often feel right at home at independent living communities. These senior residences also provide some level of daily assistance to their residents, but in general, they allow 55+ adults to maintain their independence. They have a community-based atmosphere and offer their residents a limitless number of activities to enjoy with their peers.
The independent living complexes take the set-up of apartments, freestanding homes or condominiums. They also do allow their residents to access private care for medical conditions. Typically, retirees have to make arrangements to have caregivers provide the healthcare they require while living in these communities.
Note that most of these IL homes only accept older adults who have attained a certain age. A majority only admit people who have already celebrated their 55th birthday or the ones who are older. Most independent living communities include meals, transportation, laundry, housekeeping, and full calendars of social events and activities. We can help you find independent living communities in your area.
Help Finding Assisted Living (AL) Communities
Assisted living residences or facilities house seniors who require some form of help with their daily living but are still self-sufficient. They offer a combination of accommodation, meals, medication management, personal care and support, round-the-clock supervision, social activities, and some health-related services. They work as the best choice for retirees who are at a point when they need help with their daily activities but are not necessarily at the point of requiring nursing care.
Older adults develop changing needs over time, and most assisted living facilities provide varying levels of care. Some also have associations with nursing homes and make it an easier process for their residents to make the transition or access the care they require while living within assisted living residences.
The main difference between independent and assisted living communities is that the latter focuses on providing their residents with assistance with their daily activities. For instance, the occupants of assisted living complexes have access to help with performing daily tasks such as bathing, grooming, and dressing.
The level of care senior citizens get at these communities also extends to medication administration, moving around if they have mobility issues, and also transportation. Several assisted living facilities also provide memory care to their residents and also therapies for residents with physical disabilities. We will provide assistance with finding assisted living communities for you or your loved one.
Help Finding Memory Care Communities
Memory care communities offer a distinct type of long-term care to seniors who have dementia, Alzheimer’s and other kinds of memory problems. These are also known as (SPU’s) special care units because they offer 24/7 supervised care to its residents. Residents of memory care units benefit from a wide range of services such as:
- Daily Meals
Professional chefs are normally responsible for creating nutritious meals that are excellent for the patients. In most cases, they work hand in hand with expert dieticians or nutritionists to make sure that the residents consume foods and beverages that are beneficial for their bodies.
- 24-hour Staffing and Personal Assistance
At no time do the needs of memory care patients go unnoticed in the facilities. This is because there is staff available round the clock to help them with anything they need, be it personal or medical related.
- Physical Therapy and Exercise Programs
Staying fit helps occupants handle their medical conditions much better. It can also keep them stay happy as they take part in programs they know they can benefit from. Professionals also help with physical therapy sessions that enhance balance and flexibility to increase a person’s independence levels.
- Comfortable Living Arrangements
Residents most of the time have the freedom to choose where they want to stay in the memory care units. Memory care apartments usually have a home-like vibe that is comforting to the inhabitants. A patient can either choose to stay in a private or semi-private accommodation space.
- Laundry and Housekeeping Services
Not many aged adults want to stress about house maintenance when dealing with memory-related illnesses. Thankfully, these are chores that professionals handle in the facilities so that inhabitants can have more time to do the things that bring them joy.
- Medication Management
Persons with dementia may be required to take medicine to improve their symptoms and make them feel better. Because of the condition, patients may forget to do so or even end up taking the wrong dosage because of confusion or forgetfulness. The caregiving staff at memory care communities helps to take care of this by making sure that all the patients take the right medicine in a timely fashion.
- Social Activities and Programs
Perhaps one of the services that patients thoroughly enjoy in the memory care residences are the fun social programs they engage in every other day. A sample of such may include:
- Bingo, board, card, and brain games among other cognitive activities
- Pet therapy
- Dancing and walking sessions
- Music therapy
- Arts and crafts
- Technology and computer programs
- Field trips
- And a lot more
A majority of memory care homes also construct snoezelen rooms that provide a calming effect on the patients.
Dementia experts play a huge role in the designing of memory care centers. They do this to make sure that the environments are safe and secure reducing the risk and dangers of wandering. Hallways and other areas are normally color-coded, which is something that helps to reduce anxiety in patients. This also helps to assist with navigation. The surroundings are also presented in a manner that helps older adults with memory problems remain as independent as possible.
Privacy in these homes is very critical, allowing occupants to surround themselves with memorable and personal objects and can help enhance safety. A majority of the homes include open outdoor spaces where retirees can just walk around, taking in fresh air and admiring flowers. Memory care facilities generally come with discreet fences that keep the inhabitants safe.
Note that the communities can either be stand-alone residences or part of other senior care homes such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes. In the event that they do not offer exclusive memory care services, the retirement communities normally have separate wings where they look after the memory care patients to ensure they receive the attention and care they deserve without any compromise. If you are looking for help finding dementia care, Alzheimer’s care or any other memory care facilities, we can help you.
Help Finding Continuing Care/ Hybrid Communities
Some senior living complexes function as hybrids of independent/assisted/continuing care communities. They offer a combination of services you would get from each individual senior community, and the crucial aspect is that there are continuous care facilities. That means that residents that need to transition from an independent living to receiving more care can access it within the same facility.
Most importantly, continuing care communities structure the care provided to meet the changing needs of their occupants. If you or your loved one are looking for continuing care communities, or communities that can accommodate varying care needs, we will provide assistance in locating the best continuing care community for you or your family member.
Help Finding Nursing Homes
Nursing homes provide round-the-clock care to their occupants, and they focus on providing health care. If you need help in locating a nursing home facility, give us a call. Unlike a majority of senior communities, nursing homes provide accommodation to seniors requiring long-term care for just about every medical condition. Often, seniors with severe medical conditions are the group that takes up residence at skilled nursing facilities.
Nursing homes still have a few restrictions and some may not accommodate dementia patients. However, many are equipped to care for seniors suffering from Alzheimer's. Nursing homes operate on stringent rules and residents do not have the same level of independence they would if residing at independent or assisted living communities.
For all the occupants who are not bedridden, nursing homes organize various fun social activities. These are crucial in that they help to promote the well-being of residents. They are organized on a daily basis and they also vary to give retired persons something to look forward to. Typical activities may include shopping excursions, bingo, dance sessions, window gardening, storytelling, arts and crafts, ice cream socials, trivia and music programs.
Nursing homes also offer their residents room and board, housekeeping and laundry, dental services, dietary services, and hospice care.
Help Finding Hospice Care
When older adults get to the point when they are living out their final days, hospice care is the next step. These facilities focus on making sure that their occupants receive the best possible care and comfort through this emotionally challenging period. Many senior care facilities also offer hospice care but often it is nursing homes that provide this service. If you are looking for hospice care for a loved one, we can help in finding the best facility for you.
Help Finding Niche Senior Communities
Going back to state regulations, some senior living facilities do not have the licensing to provide certain services. Most often they just provide accommodation and assistance with daily activities with basic health. However, they also take on different themes or focus on serving a specific niche of seniors. The types of senior communities that you are likely to come across and that we can help you locate include:
- Help Finding Senior Communities for Singles
As sad as it is to imagine, some seniors end up living out their retirement alone. It could be that they lost their better half or just never got around to starting a family. Now imagine a single person having to live in a community filled with couples or those who have families regularly visiting. It can be a daunting time during a senior’s golden years, and that is why communities for single seniors exist.
The reason why a senior might choose these communities is the fact that they cater to their specific needs and also bring together older adults who have something in common. If you are looking to find a senior community for single, 55+ older adults, we will help.
- Help Finding Senior Communities for Couples
Older couples also find that they often face challenges trying to move into senior living communities. It is even more of a problem in the case of a couple with a bit of an age gap. However, it can also be a challenge in the case of a couple where one member needs extra care while the other leads an independent life.
That is precisely why senior living communities for couples exist, and it is to cater to the unique needs of this group. Most of these senior living residences provide apartments or suites for accommodation. They also offer selections of activities and amenities that seniors love as well as specialized care services for their residents. Are you trying to find senior communities for couples? We provide assistance throughout your search to help you find the absolute best community for you.
- Help Locating Pet-Friendly Senior Living Communities
Pet therapy is a crucial part of several therapies programs and seniors too can benefit significantly from having their furry friends around. Not all assisted living facilities can accommodate pets on a full-time basis, but many allow their residents this much-needed luxury. A few only allow pet visitations on a regular basis and some just let residents keep certain pets.
Those that allow their residents to keep pets even go the extra mile and offer pet-grooming services.
- Assistance Finding Facilities for The Mentally Disabled
Older adults suffering from mental disabilities are often marginalized by senior living communities. They are often not given residence or if they are, they often do not access the care they need. Fortunately, there are senior living facilities that specifically cater to the mentally disabled. Memory care is a vital part of most assisted living communities catering to residents with dementia and Alzheimer's.
These communities also offer access to 24-hour medical care as well as having professional health staff on board to monitor their residents' conditions. Are you trying to find facilities for mentally disabled adults? We can provide assistance in locating them for you.
- Help Locating Luxurious Communities
When baby boomers envision their retirement days, they picture life at a resort-style community with their days spent taking part in a myriad of fun activities. That is precisely what the luxurious senior living communities provide, only that several target wealthy boomers. These luxurious adult living residences do not come cheap and that is why they target seniors who already live a certain life and would like to keep up the lifestyle they are used to in their golden years.
These communities leave no stone unturned when it comes to providing world-class services to seniors. They structure their facilities to indulge their residents' personal preferences. You will find fashion shows, high teas, and other similar events hosted at these senior residences. Outings might include foreign trips, gourmet dining is the norm, residents receive cutting-edge therapies and concierge services are also available. If you are searching for a luxurious senior living community and need help choosing or finding the best one close to you, we can help.
- Help Finding Religious Communities
Religious seniors want to keep up with their faith in their retirement years. Many assisted communities satisfy this need and a number of them are niche senior living religious residences. For instance, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Protestant and Christian senior living communities are growing in popularity across states.
These communities often have religious-based facilities on their grounds or provide transportation for their residents to attend church services. We provide assistance in locating the best religious-based senior communities that you are looking for.
- Help Finding Cultural/Lifestyle-Centric Senior Residences
Much like the religious communities, some assisted living residences take a culturally/lifestyle-centric approach. They house seniors from specific cultural backgrounds or those leading a particular lifestyle with the aim of bringing together individuals with a common background.
Some of them include Asian communities, golfing communities, college alumni senior residences, and LGBT communities – and we can help you find all of these communities. Such senior living residences cater to the unique needs of their residents, including offering culturally appropriate meals and observing relevant holidays/events.
- A La Carte Options
The reality is that everyone is different and the same applies to seniors taking up residence at assisted living communities. Not all older adults require the same level of care or services, which means that they should not have to pay for what they do not need. That is where assisted living residences offering a la carte type of menus come in, allowing seniors to choose only the services they need and only pay for those services
It makes assisted living much more cost-effective and accessible to all seniors.
Help Choosing the Right Senior Living Option
It is clear now that senior living options vary vastly and due diligence combined with intense research are paramount when looking for an ideal home. Always make sure you understand the particular needs of the patient or your loved one to identify a home that will satisfactorily take care of all their needs, both current and present. For this reason, it is best to have a list of homes and communities that you like.
Give us a call or use our online locator services for assisted living facilities, senior apartments, nursing homes, retirement communities, 55+ communities and memory care facilities – and search over 50,000 communities in total to find the best one for your or your loved one’s needs. Go ahead and visit the facilities to gauge whether they have the right environment and services for the senior's health needs and well-being. This will give you a chance to know if this community is the best fit for your senior living situation.