Home sweet assisted living: the establishment of a cozy, home-like environment is a growing trend among today’s senior living communities. Developers are now designing common areas that set visitors, staff and residents at ease. They’re creating programs and services that support aging in place instead of stigmatizing old age. By doing so, communities promote independence and engagement instead of dependence, loss and isolation.
Think about the images that flash into your mind when you hear nursing home or old folks’ home.
Do the same images come to mind when you hear senior apartments, assisted living home, or active adult community? Probably not. Slight as they may seem, these changes in terminology are reflective of a more natural and holistic aging in place experience, rather than the strictly medical model of care that used to be the norm.
When looking for a new home at any age, most are thinking about how much to spend, how old (or new) the home is, how much square footage is available, what the neighborhood is like. Seeking out a senior living community isn’t all that different (and it’s likely that one would choose a place with a home-like setting instead of a sterile, hospital feel any day).
Facing this decision-making process, or helping a senior friend or relative through it? Check out these guidelines for selecting a senior living community that fits.