Retirement centers are home to over a million Americans today, a figure that is projected to at least double in the next decade. About 40% of Americans expect to need long term care as they grow older but it’s likely that the number who actually will need retirement centers is closer to 70%. As the population ages and life expectancy increases, there could be over 14 million people aged 85 or older in the U.S. by 2040.
One of the most complex, multi-faceted, and important decisions many Americans must make as adults is whether to move into a retirement center. There are a lot of questions to be asked and answered when considering retirement centers. Will I be a burden to family or other close caretakers? What will happen to my property? Am I financially prepared to live long-term in a retirement community or senior housing? Among the most common, difficult, and important questions is: Will I need to move to an assisted living community if and when my needs change? Believe it or not, for your aging parents, for you, or for another senior you’re caring for, it is less likely than ever before that needs will force graduation to different assisted living or senior housing arrangements.
It was true in prior years that deteriorating health or emerging health needs necessitated graduated care: from retirement centers to senior housing to assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. These life changes were often precipitated by decreased independence, struggles to remain active and maintain self-care, and even family and financial concerns. Often, seniors found no recourse but to sell their home or homes and move in with family, into retirement centers, or into care facilities. This isn’t the case any longer.
Today, the top retirement centers offer skilled nursing and assisted living, and work to maintain the independent lifestyle that seniors previously had to all but abandon. Nursing and health aides, home care services, personalized care, and even memory care are all available to seniors choosing comprehensive retirement centers in Florida and elsewhere. These retirement centers offer private apartments that provide not only privacy and independence, but also security, convenience, and community. They can be as comfortable as the private homes they leave behind.
While these centers can’t replace the private homes that many seniors leave behind, they work to be “forever homes” for adults beginning new stages of their lives – stages that can be as rewarding as their lives were before their needs changed. These retirement communities provide personalized care that mitigates the need for greater intervention, and these personalized care plans change with the needs of the resident, sustaining their ability to remain independent.
Moving from an independent private home to a retirement center is a difficult transition regardless of the relative merits of the community a senior is moving to. Northport Retirement Centers seeks to ease that transition by helping residents retain as much privacy and independence as possible, and by mitigating anxiety about subsequent relocations. Learn more about Northport Retirement Centers today.