There are several very good housing options available for senior citizens (55 years of age or older) who would like to have a little assistance and companionship in their daily lives. Senior housing facilities range in size from small group homes located in neighborhoods to larger communities of apartments with centralized dining and entertainment halls. Some housing options currently available for seniors are the following:
- board and care homes (4–6 beds).
- assisted living facilities (16–100 beds).
- retirement homes (16–100 beds).
- nursing homes (80–100 beds with 24-hour skilled nursing care).
- convalescent homes (80–100 beds with 24-hour skilled nursing care).
All of these senior care facilities are licensed and inspected by the state in which they are located and carry liability insurance to cover any unforeseen injuries to residents or guests. Note that resident capacity limits and other restrictions may vary in different states. It is important to check with the Department of Aging in the appropriate state for specific rules and regulations.
Senior living facilities provide most, if not all, of the following amenities:
- three meals a day plus snacks
- laundry services and housekeeping
- assistance with bathing, grooming, and taking medications
- exercise and fitness programs
- entertainment and social activities
- transportation to and from appointments and off-site events
- licensed physical therapist
- on-site pharmacy, barber, and beautician
Seniors who live alone are at a higher risk of developing a serious illness than those who have an active social life with friends and relatives. A great senior housing community with plenty of entertainment and group social activities is vital to keep seniors active, physically fit, and mentally stimulated. Here are some interesting and engaging entertainment and social activities available in current senior living communities:
- live entertainment and music including singers, musicians, magicians and comedians
- arts and crafts projects, such as drawing, painting, sewing and scrapbooking
- outdoor barbecues, cookouts, and picnics
- social activities such as group singing, games, karaoke and storytelling
- field trips to theaters, museums, zoos, concerts, shopping malls, and sporting events
- exercise programs including outdoor walks, yoga, Zumba, golf, Jazzercise, swimming and aerobics
- special movie screenings and television programs
One big advantage for seniors living in a group facility is the peace of mind that they have from knowing that they are safe, secure, and not alone. Another advantage is the deep friendships that are often formed between the residents and also between the residents and the caregivers. These friendships are a result of the closeness and sharing inherent in group living. These advantages keep seniors happy and healthy. These advantages are priceless.
To learn more about senior living facilities, consider speaking with a representative from Crimson Ridge Meadows.