RETIREMENT LIVING COMMUNITY AND INDEPENDENT LIVING
Trying to get up to speed on all the new over 50 housing options?
SRES® designees can offer insight on creative new options, such as intentional communities and co-housing environments, as well as more traditional housing choices, including:
Independent Living: Condos, townhouses and single family homes that are smaller and more maintenance free than large family properties are frequently people’s first choice, especially if they’re healthy and active.
Active Adult Communities: Active adult communities aim to service the interests of active adults over the age of 55. Housing types often include condos, townhouses and single-family properties, and all are designed with an eye toward delivering a maintenance-free lifestyle for residents. Such communities offer a vast array of on-site activities, including exercise, social clubs, art instruction and lecture series.
If you’re looking for hands-on care or anticipate needing such care in the future, SRES® designees can make expert referrals and discuss options, including:
Assisted Living Communities: Residents live in their own apartments, but have the benefit of an on-site staff, meal service in communal dining spaces, and planned activities and outings. Some assisted living communities also offer access to nurses and daily living assistance. Others may offer more extensive medical and personal services.
Adult Family Homes: Such properties are licensed to care for up to six residents in a home setting. Services typically include meals and housing maintenance and attending to residents’ safety and care. Facilities may specialize in addressing specific health concerns and provide care and an environment tailored to those conditions.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Facilities specialize in caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease offer programs that address residents’ needs and provide an environment where they can live safely. Housing services typically include personal care, such as bathing and dressing and administering medicine, along with dining and housekeeping. In addition, many buildings incorporate over 50 design features, such as safe wandering paths and color coded areas to help with way-finding. Such designs provide comfort and ease residents’ anxiety.
Continuing Care Retirement Living Communities: A Continuing Care Retirement Living Community offer progressive levels of assistance, depending on a person’s needs. They include independent and assisted living and nursing care.
Weighing the Options
Choosing the appropriate over 50 living arrangement is challenging not only because it entails an emotional dimension, but also because of the complex issues you need to weigh, such as cost, location, services, amenities, activities, and current and future care needs.
SRES® designees can consult with you to make the best over 50 housing choice for you or your loved one. The can also work with you to anticipate care needs as you age to ensure that today’s housing choice will serve you well tomorrow.
Understanding Universal Design
Wouldn’t the ideal house be one that works to everyone’s benefit, no matter age or ability? Universal design makes such a house a possibility.
Incorporating universal design allows for a house that addresses the abilities of all groups and ages and makes homes more livable for everyone.
It is often referred to as barrier-free living. Design features could include no-slip floors and tubs that increase safety for everyone in a home. Other examples of universal design characteristics are lever door handles that serve the person with arthritis and the person entering a room with an armful of groceries equally well. And no-step entries make it simple for seniors to safely move from room to room.
Products used in universal design once had an institutional feel to them. Now they’re sleek and modern and marry safety with style.
Aging In Place Comfortably
The features are especially beneficial as people age and face more limited mobility. Living in homes designed with universal design principles makes it more likely that you’ll be able to age in place with comfort.
Increase Home Safety
Universal design can also prevent falls, the leading cause of injury among older adults. Even simple changes, such as raising light levels, removing throw rugs and installing handrails and grab bars, can enhance the safety of a home considerably.
Remodeling for Universal Design
SRES® Designees can assess your house and make suggestions on how to incorporate universal design principles. They can refer you to remodeling professionals who can perform small and large home modification projects.
Greening Your Home
Protect the environment. Make your home healthier. Lower your energy bills.
It can all be accomplished by greening your house.
Among the aims of green design is to minimize the impact that buildings have on the environment. After all, they consume enormous resources, including 14% of potable water, 40% of raw materials, and 39% of energy in the United States alone (according to the US Green Building Council).
Small Steps, Big Impact
Lots of people taking small steps can make a big impact on the environment. Those steps can entail anything from switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs to incorporating non-toxic and recycled building materials.
If you’re on a tight budget, greening your house can be beneficial because sustainability strategies translate to more dollars in your wallet. Just using an ENERGY STAR-qualified compact fluorescent light bulb saves about $30 over its lifetime and pays for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75% less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.
By using programmable thermostats, you can slash heating and cooling bills by $180 per year. Cut phantom power consumption–home electronics that keep using power even in standby mode, for instance–and save $100 per year.
And by eliminating toxins, such as fumes from paint and cleaning products, and choosing products that don’t off-gas dangerous chemicals you’ll improve your home’s indoor air quality and keep you and your loved ones healthier.
SRES® designees can discuss strategies to green your home and refer you to professionals who can perform energy audits, install energy-saving technologies and develop green strategies specifically for your home.