Many options for US seniors to live

A survey said that from 1990 to 1994, the seniority ratio fad multiplied from one in 25 individuals to one in eight. By 2030, the US would see a growth of 2.8 percent in the number of aged people. Most people fail to plan ahead when they get to the golden years. They live their life from day-to-day until something happens and they need to change their plans in midstream. Sometimes this change will result in a change in living situations.

It can be stressful and if unplanned, very upsetting to the senior who may have hoped to stay in their own home and live their life to the fullest. But even with the new plans, seniors can live a full, satisfying life, but maybe in different circumstances then they had hoped. Here are different living options available these days in the US:


• Senior assistant living – This is a wonderful way to enjoy independence, but have extra help available. These resort-type facilities are all over the country and most people love the experience. The senior lives in his or her own luxury apartment with his or her mate. Often there is a small kitchen, bathroom, living room and at least one bedroom. The faculty has a large dining room where meals are served. It is similar to an upscale dining room and residents are treated to gourmet meals. Activities are offered on a daily basis and the senior can join in when he or she chooses. Ballroom dancing, parties and outings are all offered as part of the living plan. The cost is reasonable and includes the apartment, food and all activities. Seniors often find this to be a wonderful way to live and wonder why they didn’t move in sooner.


• Nursing homes – This is usually the highest possible level of care and many people resist this option. Often there is no another choice though because the senior requires specific care. The residents often share rooms and are offered assistance with personal care. They usually eat in a central dining area and activities are offered to those who are healthy enough to join in. One of the biggest differences in this type of care to the rest is the fact that there is a high level of medical care. A physician is in charge of each resident and usually registered nurses are available at all times. It is also possible to get physical or occupational therapy at most of these facilities. Often this type of care is only temporary and the senior moves into a more permanent situation when their medical needs are stabilised like a permanent old-age home where they would be treated with care and love.


• Foster homes – Seniors can also live in foster homes and many of them find this as a great option. The foster home is usually a large home in a good neighborhood that has been converted to allow several people to live in a group-type situation. It is possible to have a private room or share with one with another resident. A supervisor is at the home at all times to help with any needs that may arise. Meals are usually served in the dining area of the home and it is similar to a family situation. Help with bathing and dressing is available for those who need it, but many people are able to take care of themselves on their own. Outings are offered as well as group activities, but most of the people enjoy relaxing and visiting with others in the home, and find it a very warm and friendly way to live.

Changing someone’s living situation can be difficult, but many times it turns out to be a very positive thing. In the past, seniors had few options like senior centres and adult-care homes, but today there are many and most of them are excellent. People are living longer and enjoying things in a new way. It is a great era to be a senior and it is only going to get better and better as Americans start to age.


– Lisa James a well-known author who has been writing articles on geriatric care for over a decade now. For more information, visit the website



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One Response to “Many options for US seniors to live”

  1. Liliez October 30, 2012 at 5:05 AM #

    It depends on the policy of the apartment community. In many senior apartments, the second tenant can be under age 55 or 58 and would have to be on the lease, but in some of those HUD subsidized buildings a disabled person under 62 or a paid caregiver can live in the apartment with a senior. Also if a senior is married to a younger person they can both reside in the senior apartment.

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