Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh 2017 Summer/Fall Edition - page 12

residents the option of living in a community made up
solely of other over 55 residents, as well as a range
of on-site activities and amenities. Each active adult
community is designed differently and may include
single-family homes, condominiums, town homes,
multi-family dwellings or manufactured housing units.
A community’s size, location, amenities and design will
determine their entrance fee.
Senior Housing
Senior housing is another option for people who want
to live on their own, but want to live in a community of
other seniors without the responsibility of keeping up a
house. Depending on the community, a person can rent
a senior housing apartment either at the market rate
or, if his or her income level applies, a lower rate. These
apartments are often designed with their tenants in
mind. Many feature specially designed bathroom railings
or power outlets higher up on the wall. Senior apartment
communities may also offer a 24-hour emergency call
service, transportation programs, meals service and
social activities.
Assisted Living
Moving into an assisted living residence is a good
option for individuals who need help with everyday
activities, like taking medicine or getting dressed, but
want to stay as active and independent as possible. Many
assisted living residences are affiliated with retirement
communities and nursing homes. This can make the
transition into assisted living easier as a person’s needs
change. All assisted living residences feature single and
double rooms. Some offer suites and larger apartments
for those residents who can afford them.
Make Planning a Priority
Planning shouldn’t start in the middle of a crisis. It
starts by figuring out your preferences, understanding
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