The retirement age is around 65, which is also known as the senior citizen age. One of the biggest concerns for senior citizens is where they’ll continue to live as they age. Although most 65-year-olds still live in their current homes, more people are living into their 70s, 80s, and even 90s, and it may be time to consider a different living arrangement. Here are four living options that retirees have and how to choose the best option.
1. Retirement Homes and Assisted Living
A retirement home (or retirement community) is a residence where seniors live, and this is one of the most popular living options. Retirement homes are usually set up similarly to actual homes or apartments, and allow seniors to maintain some level of independence. They’re usually reserved for those over the age of 55 to 60, and include amenities such as:
- Dining areas and restaurants
- Fitness and health services
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Transportation services
Overall, retirement communities are best for seniors who don’t need constant care and are looking to live amongst other seniors.
Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities, including nursing homes, are living facilities that provide skilled medical care for seniors and others who need it. Signs that a senior needs a nursing home includes:
- Changes in mobility
- Daily activities are hard to perform independently
- Safety is a big concern
Typically assisted living Las Vegas is best for seniors who need round-the-clock and/or specialized care that isn’t usually given in retirement homes.
2. Move in With Family
Some seniors who can’t live independently, but don’t necessarily need to move into assisted living, have the option to move in with family members. For some seniors, remaining in their homes can be dangerous (e.g., multi-story homes can present a falling hazard), and it can also be lonely. Moving in with other family members ensures that seniors won’t be lonely and it also gives peace of mind to the other family members.
Unfortunately, not all seniors have the option to move in with their families. Usually, this arrangement involves seniors moving in with their children, who also have their own children. This arrangement can be beneficial (having multiple generations under one roof) and works best when the home is large enough to accommodate everyone comfortably. This means that the grandparent(s) has/have their own room and bathroom (preferably on the first floor of the home).
3. Build a Home
Maybe the current home you’re living in doesn’t have the best floor plan for a retired senior citizen. One of the most common rooms in the home where a senior is likely to experience a fall is the bathroom— it’s a slippery room with a very hard floor. Multi-story homes also present a challenge because stairs are also a hazard for seniors and those with limited mobility. There are many things about homes that can make it challenging for a senior to continue living in.
This is where building a home can be an option. When building a home from the ground up, you can choose floor plans and home designs that are safer for seniors and those with limited mobility. You can also choose to build this home in a different location than where you’re currently residing. The possibilities are endless when you decide to build your retirement home from the ground up.
4. Age in Place
On the other hand, certain renovations can be made to homes so that seniors can age in place. Aging in place simply means that a person continues to live in their current home as they age— but they must be able to do so safely and comfortably. Home elevators or stair lifts can be installed to prevent the risk of falling down the stairs, while bathrooms can be renovated to include walk-in showers or bathtubs and have tile floors replaced with vinyl.
The majority of seniors prefer to age in place, but again, they must be able to do so safely and comfortably. If a senior requires full-time and/or advanced medical care or if their home can’t be renovated to safely accommodate their new needs, then aging in place (at least in the current home) may not be possible.
If you’re a senior citizen looking at your different living options for the future, you have a few things to consider. Your health, safety, and comfort should be your top priorities, but you should also look at what you can afford. The good news is that more and more seniors are no longer requiring assisted living, so this means that you have the choice to move to a retirement community, build your dream retirement home, or remain in your current home.