Jun 6, 2019
Independent Senior Living
In the years following retirement, one of the biggest decisions seniors will need to make is where they are going to live. Many choose to stay in their current home or downsize to something more manageable. Others opt to move into an independent living facility. Some seniors even choose to live with their adult children. Below, you’ll find an overview of three of the options that your loved ones have for independent senior living.
Independent Living Facilities
Created with the active adult in mind, independent living facilities are one of many senior housing options. Independent living facilities are great for the elderly or older adults who would like a lifestyle free from many of the worries of everyday life such as home maintenance and repairs. Many independent living facilities offer a range of different housing options such as small cottages, villas, and apartments. Regardless of the independent living arrangement that seniors choose, they typically have one thing in common: convenience.
Convenience is perhaps the biggest advantage to moving into an independent living facility. It’s often a top priority for retiring seniors. They have worked hard all of their life and look forward to taking it easy now.
Fortunately, most of these communities offer a wide range of conveniences and amenities like regular home maintenance, transportation, housekeeping, meal plans, trash removal, lawn service, and beauty/barber shops. Some communities even provide concierge services that can assist seniors with making arrangements for travel, theater tickets, dry cleaning, and much more.
As a result of community’s efforts to make seniors lives’ easier with convenient services, older adults have more time to connect with friends and neighbors. Many independent living facilities feature organized social activities such as movie nights, dances, card games, shopping outings, morning devotionals, and field trips.
Some additional, highly valuable features of independent living facilities include 24-hour security to provide a safe and secure environment, programs that offer assistance with personal care, and a range of attractive breakaway spaces for sharing coffee or tea with friends.
There are also a number of retirement communities that now offer continuum of care, a combination of independent living, independent assisted living, and skilled nursing care. The concept of continuum of care is simple. It allows seniors who reside in an independent living community to sign a contract that gives them the opportunity to transition to independent assisted living or skilled nursing care as the need arises. When seniors decide to reside in a retirement community that offers continuum of care, it can often provide greater peace of mind for their children and loved ones.
Although independent living facilities sound great (and often are) they can be costlier than a house or condo because of the various conveniences, amenities, and extras they make available to seniors. Although there are many benefits to residing in an independent living facility, it is an option that can be quite expensive for both seniors and the families that may be helping to support them.
In order to save money and protect the wellbeing of elderly parents, many families consider in-home care. There are two kinds of in-home care; medical and non-medical.
Non-medical home care is a type of in-home care that tends to both physiological and physical needs. It is for seniors who primarily require assistance with activities of daily living (also known as ADLs). These include tasks like general housekeeping, making meals, bathing, companionship, transferring, transportation, and personal hygiene.
Medical home care – also referred to as home healthcare – are services usually performed by experienced healthcare professionals like registered nurses. These medical professionals are trained to provide the same services as non-medical caregivers, but they have the professional experience and skills to manage a wide range of medical tasks like operating medical devices and administering medication.
Whether a senior chooses non-medical home care or medical home care, the caregivers that are performing these services often help improve the physical and psychological being of seniors. However, it’s not all upside. One of the most significant challenges of in-home care is that the cost of services can quickly add up, which can eventually do some serious damage to elderly peoples’ finances.
When compared to independent living facilities, most seniors do save a little money by using in-home services, but this popular option for independent senior living can still be costly for those with limited budget.
Call My Mom™
If residing in an independent living facility or receiving in-home care is not a cost-effective option for your loved one, then Call My Mom™ may be a great alternative. Designed to support people suffering from loneliness or depression, Call My Mom™ is perfect for seniors (and their families) who cannot afford home health support. It’s important to note that our services are not a replacement for a nurse. Those in need of medical attention should always be cared for by medical professionals.
According to AARP research, roughly one-third of Americans over the age of 45 experience loneliness. There are many factors that contribute to loneliness, but the primary ones seem to be a culture of individualism and the rise in use of communications technology. As time progresses, an increasing number of people are living and aging alone. In addition, many recent advancements in technology, such as social media and text messaging, have degraded the quality of interpersonal communication – both on the phone or in-person. Clearly, the need for meaningful conversations and friendships, especially among seniors, is more important than ever.
Contrary to some companies that just provide simple check-in calls, Call My Mom™ engages in daily, meaningful conversations with elderly people who are feeling lonely. These meaningful conversations take the form of high-quality phone calls that are deeply informed by your loved one’s dislikes, hobbies, family information, and topic preferences. We acquire this important information about your loved one through a comprehensive questionnaire.
Along with providing quality phone calls to elderly people who are in need of companionship, our professional staff also offers gentle reminders to ensure that your loved ones attend doctor appointments, participate in events, and more. By performing these services effectively, we make good on our mission to reduce loneliness and depression, as well as safeguard both the physical and mental wellbeing of aging loved ones. The support we provide everyday is a true reflection of our company values; trust, caring, inspiration, meaningfulness, and nurturing.
Are you an adult child of an aging parent who wants to make sure that they’re safe and sound, but don’t have the time in your schedule to regularly do so? Call My Mom™ takes care of this regular, important communication to support you in keeping your loved ones safe and emotionally/mentally healthy.
For your convenience, we offer three affordable plans from which to choose. Depending on the plan that you select, we can engage in meaningful conversation with your loved one up to five times a week.