Adjusting To Retirement Living

The quality of the facility, as well as the type of senior facility that is chosen, will play an important role in a resident adjusting to a new home. An assisted living facility and a board and care facility both offer residents a degree of independence, and are available for help on request. (A board and care uses a single family house, whereas assisted living usually involves a dormitory or apartment). These services would be easier to adjust to in the short term since they feature a non-medical and attentive staff as well as recreational activities. A nursing home facility would be more difficult to adjust to, especially if the resident has just recently become incapacitated. Nursing homes provided constant monitoring and 24 hour care, including medical assistance.

Often times, nursing homes are designed to cater to residents with disabilities or perhaps even individuals suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The worst possible scenario is to transfer a full grown adult into a nursing home – where constant care is expected – but to choose a facility that has a poor staff or shoddy living conditions. It is especially important to choose a nursing home that has a patient and experienced staff of workers that will make the resident feel at home.

 
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Independent living facilities and continuing care communities are perhaps the easiest type of retirement living to choose in terms of comfortable adjustment. Independent living communities (houses or apartments for elders) offer independence and comfortable interaction with other residents. The living quarters is very secure and so adjusting to a new home is usually just a matter of time. Continuing care communities are also ideal, since they offer continuing assistance based on the changing needs of the client.

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