Housing Options for Seniors
As we mature in years and our lifestyles change, we may also consider changing residences—either out of choice or need. Perhaps you want to downsize to a more maintenance-free home or live in a community with others who share similar interests. Or maybe you need help with a health concern or other personal care. In any event, the type of housing you choose is crucial for your future contentment, comfort and safety. Fortunately, these days, older adults have an array of living arrangements to choose from, and understanding all your options is the first step in making a choice that is right for you. This section of the Resource Guide can help you to understand the various types of housing options so you can make an informed decision.
Domiciliary Care is an adult foster care program that matches people who cannot live independently with individuals or families who are willing to open their homes for caregiving. For more details, see page 14.
In the first part of this section, you will find information about senior apartments for rent in our area. This form of public housing is appropriate for eligible income eligible seniors, families and persons with disabilities.
Independent residential communities are perfect for older adults seeking an active yet hassle-free lifestyle. These residences can be apartments, condos or cottages that offer services and features suitable for retirees, such as housekeeping and laundry, social programs, transportation services, organized outings and limited medical services.
Choosing a Personal Care or Nursing Home
The next part of this section is geared towards those who are transitioning from living independently into a residence where they can receive help with daily living activities that they may no longer be able to do on their own.
Personal Care Homes
Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living facilities are for older adults who need some in-home, non-medical assistance but don’t require the level of continuous care that a nursing home offers. This type of housing option typically provides help with things like meals, bathing, housekeeping and other needs. The important thing is to match, as closely as possible, the assisted living arrangements with the senior’s needs and desires. The living quarters are usually private apartments or individual living spaces with common areas for socializing with other residents.
Nursing homes are for seniors in need of 24-hour skilled nursing care. They can be freestanding or part of a senior community, and they provide a lot of the same care options offered in other senior communities such as room and board, personal care, and protection and supervision. The length of stay can be short-term or long-term, and the level of care generally falls under three categories—basic care, skilled care and sub-acute care—depending on how comprehensive the resident’s needs are.
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
These communities allow seniors to “age in place” with flexible accommodations that are designed to meet health and housing needs as these needs change over time. Residents sign a long-term contract that offers housing, services and medical care—usually all in one location. This allows residents to remain in familiar settings as they grow older.