If you’re single with Parkinson’s disease, and nearing retirement, there’s a difficult crossroad you’re approaching that requires self-reflection, and certainly a sound mind. The choice is yours to make on how, and with whom to live your retirement years.
Figuring out where to live is a major decision. You may be able to live with family, or you may want to shop for a senior community. It’s a good idea to plan ahead before your health leaves you without choices. Your decision is about lifestyle, and most important, medical access and treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
If you’re looking for a senior community, you’ll need to know what lifestyle and health care requirements align with your needs. Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory care, and Skilled Nursing are the basic stages of senior care.
Upon retirement, most of us are independent. Independent senior living communities, also known as retirement communities, senior living communities or independent retirement communities, are housing designed for seniors 55 and older. Independent senior living residents might use third-party home health care services to meet additional needs.
Assistance needed to dress, bath, and maneuver around in daily living is known as assisted living. Assisted Living communities are designed for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely but do not require the high level of care provided in a nursing home. Assistance with medications, activities of daily living, meals and housekeeping are provided.
People who have memory issues such as dementia may benefit from a memory care facility. Memory care is a distinct form of long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of memory problems.
Skilled nursing is necessary for patients who need care on a frequent basis due to a chronic medical condition, and monitoring of vital signs with medical equipment. Services are provided by a licensed nurse or therapist (physical, occupational, and speech) to individuals with disabilities or medical problems requiring daily therapy, nursing intervention, or observation—but who do not require the specialized care of a hospital setting.
Most major senior decisions have a financial component, and senior living is no exception. You need to look at your finances to see if you can afford to age in place in your home, or in a senior group care setting. This is a decision to share with your financial planner, and your family.
Every living situation has its own specialty. Some institutions offer assisted living and skilled nursing. Other situations offer independent living and assisted living. It is possible that you may outgrow your care environment if there are changes in your health status.
When you’ve determined which basic category of senior living you’re in, then you are ready to see what choices are in your area. You’ll have even more decisions to make! Who said that searching for the right senior community would be easy!