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A retired home offers older adults a higher level of care and service than they could receive living on their own. The old stereotypes about nursing homes have been banished by new, up-to-date facilities that promote overall well-being for senior citizens. The amenities, social opportunities and recreational activities provided in a contemporary retired home make these communities a rewarding environment for the elderly.

Finding the right seniors community for yourself or a loved one can be a deeply personal process. You'll find that although there are many facilities providing comprehensive residential care to the elderly, choosing the ideal living situation is still largely a matter of how a future resident responds to the atmosphere in the home. The nature of the surroundings, the responsiveness of the staff and the quality of care may make more of a difference than some of the modern amenities.

Benefits of a Retired Home

A retired home is more than a place to retreat after wrapping up your career. These days, a retired home offers a vibrant residential culture for active adults who appreciate the social stimulation and attentive nursing care that they can receive in an assisted living community. The staff of a retired home provides assistance with the activities of daily living, transportation, dining, medication administration and health assessment.

In addition, retired adults enjoy a variety of recreational activities in a facility for seniors. Trips to local museums, parks and shopping centers enrich the lives of the adults who live in these homes. Regular exercise classes, dances, movies and musical performances at the facility make living in these communities a fun and rewarding experience. Older adults who've been living alone often find that they feel rejuvenated after spending time with their contemporaries in a creative, stimulating atmosphere.

Depending on the level of care at a retired home, you may have nurses on site to help you with medications, wound care, respiratory treatments and other health-related needs. Nurses' aides assist residents of a retired home with personal grooming, dressing, bathing or even faith based care. Dietary staff create menus that help you meet your nutritional needs, maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of chronic disease. Physical, occupational and speech therapists may be available if you're undergoing rehabilitation after an illness or injury.

Using the free search features on our site, you can find a number of affordable, well appointed facilities that may be perfect for your needs as a retired individual. As you consider the communities in your area, keep in mind that the highest priced seniors home may not always provide the best care or the best atmosphere for you or your elderly parent. Along with considering the cost of the facility, look for a comfortable, home-like environment with pleasant staff and friendly residents.

Costs of Long Term Care

One of the greatest challenges that an elderly adult faces when living at home alone is keeping up with the rising costs of housing, food and medical services. At a facility for retired adults, many of these expenses are consolidated and paid for by the facility on the resident's behalf. Your Medicare benefits may not pay for more independent levels of assisted living; however, private insurance or state government benefits may cover the costs of more intensive residential care.

As the need for comprehensive long term care for the elderly becomes more apparent to the general public, more working adults have begun to invest in long term care insurance for themselves or their parents. Long term care insurance may cover the costs of assisted living, rehabilitative facilities, home health services or respite care. Your policy gives you more control over your choices when you're selecting a community or choosing a home health agency.

When you're touring a home and gathering information about the community, review the facility's fee structure carefully. A retired community may charge a flat monthly fee for all services or may impose additional charges for services like laundry, hair styling or exercise classes. Single rooms may be more expensive than shared rooms, and individual cottages or suites may be the most costly living arrangements. If you're a retired adult who doesn't mind having a roommate, sharing a room almost always allows you to save money.

The fact that you've stopped working doesn't mean that you've retired from life. A retired home offers a wealth of social opportunities for adults who want to lead an independent lifestyle with a higher level of care than they're able to achieve on their own. Many residents find that living with others helps to relieve the sense of isolation and anxiety that they experienced when they lived alone. If you're thinking about moving into a community for seniors, take the time to find a setting that feels both secure and socially invigorating.