You’ve worked hard to have the retirement you’ve always promised yourself. At Aspire at Carriage Hill, we work hard to help you live out those promises by offering inspired retirement living in our resort-style senior apartment community. With so many luxuries and amenities, it’s the perfect setting to live out the next chapter of your life. Aspire at Carriage Hill offers you an independent lifestyle that reflects exactly who you are and the freedom to come and go as you please.
We understand the importance of living meaningfully as well as luxuriously. That’s where our trademark wellness philosophy, Salus by Solvere, shines. Salus takes a holistic approach to wellness and is incorporated into every aspect of life at Aspire. This philosophy focuses on each person’s potential to achieve their own personal goals and then helps them do so through connection and engagement. At Aspire, you’re sure to find an abundance of programs, events and numerous ways to sustain or improve your health and well-being.
As you begin to look at senior housing options, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with the extensive number of housing types, styles, options and choices available. We understand. That’s why we created this guide. It serves as a comprehensive resource that can be used again and again to help you determine the best senior housing options for yourself, a family member or a friend. If you have any questions, please contact us. We’re here, ready to provide the information you need to be confident in the decisions concerning senior living options.
HOUSING OPTIONS FOR OLDER ADULTS
There are several options available to active older adults – options that allow them to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle in a safe and social setting surrounded by their peers.
55+ retirement communities are ideal for adults age 55 and older who want to simplify their life by downsizing to a smaller home.
Independent living communities such as Aspire at Carriage Hill offer a wide range of services and amenities, creating a carefree environment for active older adults who want more time to do the things they really enjoy. Explore our Richmond independent living community.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) offer a full continuum of care to their residents — from independent living to memory care and skilled nursing. CCRCs provide security in knowing that once you are a resident of the community, you remain a part of the community even as care needs change.
COMMUNITIES FOR OLDER ADULTS WHO NEED CARE ASSISTANCE
Many older adults come to a point when they require some level of assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Over time, care needs can increase and decrease. For those individuals who require some level of assistance, there are several care options that will meet these needs.
Assisted living communities are the ideal choice for older adults who are able to live independently but require some level of supervision, care and/or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), but don’t need the intensive care that is provided in nursing homes or skilled nursing communities.
Nursing homes provide a higher level of care and assistance with every day routine activities like eating, getting dressed and using the bathroom. These activities often referred to as activities of daily living (ADLs) are provided in an assisted living community. Nursing home care can include medical care as well as physical, occupation and speech therapies and is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Skilled nursing communities provide 24/7 care to individuals who require specialized medical care or daily therapy services in a skilled-care setting. A licensed medical professional is onsite at all times.
Memory care communities provide a specialized type of long-term care designed to meet the distinct needs of someone who deals with memory loss, often as a result of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
OTHER CARE OPTIONS FOR OLDER ADULTS
Short-term care options assist a care provider during short periods of time while someone else helps with caregiving responsibilities. Residential care options are also available for persons who want to receive care in a more home-like setting.
Adult day care provides a professional care setting for older adults during the day. Adult day care provides assistance, health monitoring and medication management in a safe, interactive and social setting.
Respite care can be used to take short breaks from caregiving responsibilities, from a few days to a few weeks at a time. Respite care can be provided by a paid care provider, a professional care community or by family and friends.
In-home care, often provided by family members or hired professional care providers, is arranged for in a person’s own home.
Residential care homes provide care and assistance to small numbers of adults in a residential home-like setting. Care is often administered by a care provider who also lives in the home.
Hospice care provides family-centered care for those who have a life-limiting illness.
Evaluating the best place to call home is a considerable decision. With so many care options available, it may be easier to first determine what your care needs are and what finances are available. Knowing this will make it easier to decide which senior living option best satisfies your needs.
If you are helping someone else find the best place to call home, it’s important to keep them involved throughout the process. You can do this best by:
- Keeping them involved on an on-going basis. Touch base and encourage them to share their feelings frequently. Make sure to take time to actively listen and really hear what they share with you.
- Making sure their wants and needs are addressed by involving them in every decision throughout the process.
- Narrowing down their choices. It may be easier to narrow the search down to a few communities that meet their criteria before touring the communities.
Don’t forget to continue to have discussions about housing and care needs even after you, a friend or family member has moved into a senior living community. What works today may not meet needs and desires in a year or even a week from now. As care needs change, housing options may need to change as well. Download our free resource guide to learn what to look for in a senior living community and help determine the community that is best suited for you.