Senior Citizen's Guide digital books
Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh

Choosing the Senior Living Option That’s Right for You

With the variety of senior housing options available today, selecting the one that is right for you or a loved one can be an overwhelming task. However, planning ahead and becoming educated on your options can reduce some of the anxiety and stress associated with the process.

Residential/Independent Living is a housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors where, in general, the homes (which can range from apartments to free-standing homes) are maintenance free. Although maintaining your current home and yard may be a longstanding source of pride, it can become a burden as you age. Residential living offers seniors the opportunity to still live independently, without the hassle of home maintenance.

When choosing a residential living community, keep in mind some of the amenities that might be important to you such as availability of transportation, security, accessibility to community resources and support, and opportunities for socialization.

If, however, you are finding that your activities of daily living are becoming increasingly more difficult to manage on your own, a Personal Care facility may be a good choice to consider. Residents receive assistance with bathing, dressing, medications and minor health issues if needed, while still being encouraged to remain as independent as possible.

The personal care facility you choose should offer health care services you need now and those that you anticipate in the future, and have a manageable staff-to-patient ratio to ensure personalized care. Opportunities for socialization should be offered and encouraged.

Nursing care is all-inclusive care for seniors requiring constant, continuing assistance with activities of daily living and medical care. Residents in nursing care will have their daily medical, physical, social and psychological needs met with the help of the nursing staff. Nursing care facilities should also offer ample opportunities for socialization and participation in activities that are physically, mentally and socially stimulating.

Continuing Care retirement communities are best prepared to deal with healthcare issues that arise as you age. These communities provide independent living, personal care and nursing care at a central location so that if a resident’s health begins to deteriorate, they can get the proper treatment without having to move to a different facility.

As you do your research, remember that any senior living residence you choose should be safe, clean, and have a caring and dedicated staff. Spend time at the facility before making any commitments. Talk to current residents and staff, enjoy a meal and browse common living areas.

For additional reassurance, ask to see the facility’s most recent state inspections. The Better Business Bureau or Eldercare Locator (a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging) can inform you of any complaints, deficiencies or legal actions that have been filed against a specific facility.

Home    Featured Programs    Choose Local Area     Request Information
A JR Media Publication • www.jrmediallc.comSite Index