When it comes to senior living options, there are a variety to choose from, such as independent living, assisted living, and nursing care living. If you fall among the senior population, it is time to think about your senior living experience, which entails familiarizing yourself with current and future trends. The good news is there are at least a couple of trends that can make your senior living experience a far better one.
Transitional Living Communities
If you are like most seniors, you likely do not want to move around from place to place as you transition through the stages of your life. Approximately 90% of seniors express the desire to remain within their homes, which is known as aging in place. Unfortunately, remaining within your own home is not always an option, particularly if your health and mental status begin to decline.
Although nurses may come into your home, it can be far more expensive than choosing an assisted living facility. In 2015, it was estimated that the price of living at home and receiving at-home care was roughly $7,124 a month, whereas assisted living facilities cost only $3,500 a month. For that reason, many senior living facilities are offering the trending idea of transitional living.
Transitional living provides various living situations for seniors in one place. For example, the property may contain housing specifically designed to allow seniors to continue carrying out their independent lifestyle. Then, if ever you should reach a period where you require assistance, the facility can send on-site nurses into your home to help you.
If you then reach the point that you are no longer able to carry out daily tasks due to ongoing health issues such as dementia or Alzheimer's, you can be moved into the facility's nursing home. Typically, both the nursing home and the independent living homes are all on one property, thus making the transition from one building to the other easy on seniors who do not wish to move around to different locations.
Tech-Friendly Senior Living Facilities
Nowadays, seniors are more tech-friendly than ever before. As of July 2015, an estimated 80% of seniors aged 65 and up owned a cell phone. Even more interesting is the fact that approximately 60% of seniors owned their own computer or laptop. In truth, technology can help improve senior living experiences in several ways, which is why many senior living facilities have decided to incorporate some form of technology to improve the experience.
Ways in which technology will improve the future of senior living experiences is by providing more automation. For instance, there will be a remote or command center that will control various things within your independent home such as:
By providing greater automation, you can worry less about having to move about your home to perform various tasks. Furthermore, technology can assist you through various apps you can easily install on your smartphone. For instance, there are apps that allow you to use your phone as a magnifying glass so you can see text more clearly.
There are also apps that learn your daily behaviors, such as what medications you take and at what time. The app can be used to remind you to take your next dose of medication so that you do not find yourself in a bad situation. Apps can be installed on your phone that alert staff members on the property if you are in need of any assistance, such as if you fall.
If you would like to learn more about current and future senior living trends, it is best to talk with an assisted care professional near you. They can highlight what the facilities near you offer so that you can determine what your best option might be in terms of your wants, needs, and finances.Share
22 June 2016
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