We know that there are many senior housing options are available to families and their loved ones. Choosing the right fit for yourself, or a loved one, comes down to education and reviewing all of the available options. PeachTree Place Assisted Living is an assisted living apartment community located in West Haven, Utah with an excellent list of amenities, as well as a high staff to resident ratio. We wanted to clearly define the senior housing options available to help clear up any confusion on which option is the best for you to choose from.
A Variety of Opportunities
Senior living is not what it used to be. Today there are many options and price points to meet the unique needs of each family. When deciding on the right kind of senior living situation, it’s important to know what housing options are available as well as the pros and cons of each choice. Today, a few options that you can choose from would include:
- 55+ Apartment Communities
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Nursing Homes
- Retirement Homes & Communities
- Living With A Relative
55+ & Retirement Communities
For those who want to live near senior peers, and are fully independent, 55+ communities and retirement communities are excellent options. These housing choices provide total independence and are not much of a change from a normal apartment community that is not age restricted. Often times as a person reaches their golden years, they simply don’t need the extra rooms in their homes – nor do they want a high mortgage payment, tax payments, and home maintenance costs. They may have become socially isolated as their families have moved away and they are now are left with expenditures from home maintenance repairs. Downsizing, a quiet living situation, and social opportunities are the main advantages of these types of
In a 55+ apartment community, there may be social activities geared for seniors and retirees, low-income requirements, and there are less or no families with young children living in the community. If you or your loved ones are in good health, this might be the ideal move.
Assisted living communities are a good fit for seniors who need assistance with day-to-day activities but still are able to maintain some of their independence. Assisted living facilities are private senior apartments with staff that provides services such as cooking, cleaning, assistance with bathing, full-time medical care, medication assistance, group activities, help transferring from a wheelchair to a bed, and other daily activities.
You are more likely to live independently in your own environment with your own decorations that can feel just like home – but with the extra help required to thrive. Group dining rooms, private apartments, and social activities are a cornerstone of any quality community. Many residents are wheelchair bound or use devices for mobility, but as long as they can be transferred with the help of one staff member (who does not have to lift them) they are a good fit for most assisted living communities.
Nursing homes are often confused with assisted living communities when in reality, the terms really mean two different things. Nursing homes are better suited for seniors who require more intensive medical care to meet their daily living needs. Usually, residents of nursing homes require at least two staff members to help with transfers from a bed to a wheelchair or when showering.
Residents may also have medical conditions that are not immediately life threatening, but they may require the constant supervision by a nursing staff, doctors, or skilled therapists. Typically the living quarters are shared among a group of residents so the staff can monitor each person in an efficient manner. If you or your loved one has a more complex set of medical needs where any form of independent living is not an option, consider checking into nursing home care.
Living With A Relative
Many people feel strongly about providing shelter and care for their senior family members themselves. There is no right or wrong answer to choosing how to care for your loved ones, as long as health and safety are your top priorities. If money and time allow for in-home senior living, it’s a beautiful option. However, not all families can provide the level of care or assistance needed and that’s why there are so many other excellent choices.
Ready to Make a Decision?
PeachTree Place Assisted Living provides senior living options in the Salt Lake City area. We offer first-rate assisted living care with excellent staff and high-value amenities. If you feel assisted living might be the right choice for you, or if you have questions about our care and services, please contact us today. Whatever decision you make, we want you to know there is information available, and you don’t have to make the decision alone.