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Everyone ages differently. While some age-related changes are inevitable, such as slower reflexes and vision challenges, other issues can vary greatly from person to person. Lifestyle and to a lessor degree, genetics, are key determinants in how healthy you are at every age.
This is important information to keep in mind as you search for a senior living community, whether for yourself, a spouse or aging parents. It might be that a senior is active and independent at the time of a move, but what happens when needs change?
Understanding Care Options in a Senior Living Community
Moving is tough at every age, but more so for older adults. This is why making a second move during the retirement years is something to avoid if possible. Understanding what types of care a senior community offers and what happens if care needs change over time are important issues to address before making a decision to relocate. This includes if one parent needs more or different care than another.
If you aren’t familiar with different types of senior housing, this quick overview might be helpful:
At each community you visit, ask a sales associate how they handle changes in needs after a senior becomes a resident. Are different types of care available on the same campus? Can residents move from one to another seamlessly?
When you are weighing options for yourself or your parents, choosing a community that offers multiple levels of care is something to consider. If one person develops different care needs, a couple can still remain a part of the same senior community. Even if these changes require separate living arrangements, they will still be in an environment that is familiar to them surrounded by team members they know.
Complete the Sunrise Care Questionnaire
Sunrise Senior Living provides all kinds of senior care, customized for each resident. Should you be uncertain about what type of senior housing is a good fit for you or your senior loved ones, the Sunrise Care Questionnaire can help. It can be completed in less than 5 minutes. If you’d prefer to talk with a senior living counselor instead, please call 888-434-4648. One of our experienced team members will be happy to help!