Aging Parents and Retirement Centers

retirement centers

Do you have aging parents who may need additional support and security for their living situation? Or maybe you’re a senior citizen experiencing anxiety about your sunset years. You are not alone. Approximately 1 million Americans currently live in retirement centers or assisted living communities, and that number is expected to increase to 2 million by 2030.

What is a retirement center and what does housing for senior typically entail? Retirement centers are facilities that provide social services and activities for senior citizens who are in relatively good health. Retirement and assisted living communities are growing in the United States due to the aging of the baby boomer generation. According to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), there are approximately 28,900 assisted living communities in the U.S. today with an average of 33 beds per community. Roughly 56% of assisted living communities are chain-affiliated and 42% are independently owned and operated. The majority of retirement centers have a minimum age requirement of 55 for residence. The number of facilities and beds is only expected to grow.

What to Expect from Retirement Centers

You are 55 or older and you are looking for a retirement center, assisted living facility, or another senior living community. You care for yourself but you would appreciate assistance and opportunities for socialization. You may still work part-time but are without the social support you once had. Typical services to look for include:

  1. 24-hour supervision and assistance
  2. Exercise, health and wellness programs
  3. Housekeeping and maintenance
  4. Meals and dining services
  5. Medication management or assistance
  6. Personal care services
  7. Transportation

What’s Next in Finding the Right Retirement Community?

You’ve done your research and you have narrowed down your assisted living options to a few select choices. What’s next? You may schedule an appointment. What can you expect when you arrive? How should you prepare? This following list will help make your appointment simple and stress-free.

What you’ll need:

An appointment with an assisted living community sales manager is an important step in the process of deciding where you want to live. The appointment is designed to help you decide whether a community is a good fit for you. You’ll be asked about your preferences, goals and budget. It is also a time for your questions.

Make the most of your mature years. Look into the benefits of retirement centers. Anticipate meeting new friends and have fun attending community sponsored events. It’s good to know that your living situation is secure and settled.