Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 57 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 RELOCATING SENIORS Choosing Long Term Lifestyles How many times have you heard from your loved one when looking for long-term care options, "I don't want to go to a nursing home?" The stigma of a nursing home still lingers to this day in our senior population and the options of senior housing, or what some may call retirement living, is far from this outdated model. There are several different options these days that makes senior housing not so daunting, ranging from in home care to independent living communities to assisted living. Home Care Many people, as they age, do not want to leave their home so in home care or home health agencies have grown over the years to meet this demand. Home care is more like companion services and custodial care in which caregivers assist seniors with tasks from getting groceries to housekeeping and driving to and from places as well. Home health companies provide everything from medication management to assistance with daily living activities such as help with taking a shower, dressing, toileting, transferring to and from furniture and mobility. For those not wanting to leave their home this is a great option if you're looking for a couple hours of assistance a day. Home care or home health agencies may not be the best option though if you have fallen frequently or have stairs to get to the bedroom. Also, home care is very expensive ranging from $16 per hour to over $20 per hour. Independent Living Retirement communities or Independent living facilities are another great option for seniors who may have a harder time driving or walking long distances and miss many of the hobbies or social activities that they used to do. Independent living can be a great option to give people their independence back that they may not have been able to do at home anymore. These types of communities often provide 3 meals a day that are in a restaurant style where the residents are sat and waited on, weekly housekeeping services, scheduled transportation, tons of social activities from seeing a baseball game to playing card games to creating their own paintings. Many have now started to include gyms, indoor pools, pub/lounge, theaters and even community gardens. Many of these facilities are made up of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments or cottages and have full kitchens and do not include furniture. A lot of independent living communities are also partnering with home health agencies to allow their residents to age in place and is a great alternative to home care and assisted living. Assisted Living Assisted living communities are long-term care facilities that are more geared to seniors that have extensive medical needs. Most of these residents are usually given a doctor recommendation that it is no longer safe for them to live at home and now need 24 hour care. Usually, this is best for seniors who are no longer driving and need assistance with walking to and from meals or wheeled if they are wheelchair-bound, if they have fallen and need assistance in the shower or tend to be forgetful and need medication reminders and medication management. These communities also include 3 meals a day, 3-6 activities a day, and housekeeping. Often the furniture is included in the rooms which range from studios that are shared with a roommate to private studios or suites. They will most of the time have a private bathroom attached and sometimes a small kitchenette, but most residents do not cook anymore. This of course is more expensive in cost than independent living communities but includes medical care with a nurse on staff. [] what works best for you? VICTORIA SOSA Cambridge Village

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