How to Select a
Although many seniors
remain living independently in their homes their entire lives there are times when there is a need to select
a retirement home.
That process can be
confusing but with the help you will receive here, how to select a retirement home will be much easier.
Living in a
retirement home presents
great benefits to the elderly.
But before getting too
far, since the term retirement
home can refer to the many types of housing that the elderly can
live in, there is a need to outline first the different types of housing that are available for the elderly
in the list below:
of Retrement Home Facilities Where Seniors Can Retire
- Nursing Home (NH): This is a place where care is provided to seniors in
many age levels who cannot live by themselves because of emotional trauma, lingering illnesses, problems with
ambulation, and mental problems.
- Assisted Living or Residential Care (AL): As the name implies, this is
the type of housing where assistance is provided to the senior in their daily activities. Assistance provided
will be in the form of medical supervision through a nurse for taking medicines, ambulation, personal hygiene,
meals, and even dressing up.
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): These are facilities that
offer lifetime care for their residents by providing nursing care as well as independent and assisted living.
Other than that other services such as housekeeping, laundry, and meals are also provided as well as
recreational activities designed to keep seniors active.
- Specialized Services: These are retirement homes that provide services
for those elderly who have specific needs. For instance, they provide special assistance to those who have
mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, special assistance for kidney dialysis
and care, and they also provide adult day care for those seniors who live with their families but need constant
monitoring with their medical care, socialization, and physical activities during the day
To Make The Right Choice in Selecting a Retirement Home
There are a lot of
factors that you need to think about that need careful consideration when it comes to choosing a
retirement home for your favorite senior.
- Many states regulate and issue licenses to places of retirement Therefore
when considering a particular senior facility, always ask for a valid license issued by the state where the
retirement facility is located.
- In addition to being state registered, many places of retirement are
required to include a standardized disclosure statement in their contract with their clients. You should
request a copy of the contract for your own safekeeping and reference.
- Don’t hesitate to ask state regulated facilities for a copy of the latest
inspection report and take notice of safety violations
- Of course if you opt for assisted living, see to it that the nurse or
doctor they provide has a valid license.
- Consider the activities that you deem important and can be done by your
favorite senior and see if the facility offers such.
- When you visit a facility always ask what personal belongings your senior
is allowed to bring in.
- Also see to it that you know what you’re paying for, does it include
meals and snacks or are you going to be the one to prepare and bring the meal with
- When in confusion, you can always ask family members and well-meaning
friends if they can refer you to a good retirement place.
- Try to visit as many places as you can and try to observe how the staff
treats their residents and their visiting relatives and even each other.
- Find out if senior residents are allowed to bring a pet with them. Many
retirement places do allow this but with restrictions as to the size of the animal.
- Do consider your budget when choosing a retirement community as they vary
in services and therefore vary in costs. For instance if the facility only has basic accommodation then the
costs may be cheaper but if the facility has other amenities then you’ll have to dig deeper in your pockets for
cash to support the extra costs.
- Do take not of “hidden costs” which may come with such simple things as
laundry and housekeeping. There are facilities that include this in the monthly payment but there are other
facilities that provide this for a fee.
- The last consideration is what you’re choosing
the retirement home for. There are those who
opt for this when they need someone to take care of the elderly for rehabilitation purposes such as after
senior is not quite at the stage they need a retirement home there are many helpful tools and furniture
pieces that can make independent living easier. Some of these include the electric lift
chair or even phones for hard of hearing. You can find
these online in many styles and at various price ranges.
But when it comes time for the
retirement home step for your senior, now you are armed with the necessary information to make a well informed