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Trying to Find the Best Home for Aging Parents? 4 Great Places to Look

If your parents are getting older, the decision to move them into senior living can be one of the most difficult choices you face. However, the right community can provide a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle than your parents could get at home. Read on to learn about four great housing options for your aging parents.

Active Adult Communities

An active adult community, which is also called a 55 and over community, is a great choice for older adults and seniors who want simplified living arrangements with activities and friendship. These communities offer small, efficient homes, affordable rent and included maintenance. They also host many weekly activities to keep your parents busy and often include features like activity centers, grocery stores and bus service.

Independent Living

An independent living community offers aging seniors more support than a 55 and over community. These communities allow seniors to live independently but provide services like laundry, housekeeping and dining. Senior living spaces are generally smaller and may include roommates to help reduce the cost, but independent living communities also feature many shared spaces and guided activities so your parents will never get bored or feel cramped.

Assisted Living

If your parents are facing declines in physical or cognitive health, an assisted living facility can help them stay as independent as possible while taking care of their needs. Unlike nursing homes, assisted living communities provide private or semi-private apartments with all the comforts of home. They feature full-time medical personnel who can dispense medications and monitor vitals along with housekeeping staff so your aging parents never have to worry about daily chores or meals.

Nursing Homes

Many people fear nursing homes, but a good facility can provide the kind of around-the-clock care your elderly parent may need if they have extensive medical problems. A nursing home is the next step from a hospital, and nursing care can extend your parent’s lifespan and comfort compared to living alone. Nursing homes have gained a poor reputation due to a few bad actors, but doing your research and choosing a reputable facility can ensure that your aging parent is well cared for in a safe environment.

Although supportive living is often the safest and best choice for seniors, affording it can sometimes be difficult. If your parents need to live in a senior community or nursing facility, check into assistance options to help you pay for it. Medicare, charities or government programs may be able to assist with the financial burden.

Tim Esterdahl

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