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Families of senior citizens who require constant care develop hardships when the care is the main focus of every member in the household. Sometimes arrangements are made with other family members to come in from time to time to help with the senior. When the family can no longer handle the daily care of an elderly loved one who may or may not be able to care for themselves, alternatives are sought. The senior just needs someone to keep them interactive during the day. They are capable of maintaining themselves, and are responsible enough to take medication on schedule. There are many different housing communities for seniors who may need to be in an assisted living environment.
There are many low income senior housing options available. There are senior apartments located in active adult communities for the people who want to continue living an active life with others who have similar interests. These apartments are ideal for seniors in that they have many group activities, or things that can be done alone such as arts and crafts, or exercise programs. The seniors are encouraged to keep active. The apartments are normally in close proximity to shopping centers, and restaurants. The seniors can even have the pleasure of traveling around town on the city transit.
The 55 retirement communities are for people who are at least 55 and older. If there are two people, one of them must be age 55 or older. This includes the senior living apartment, and the senior housing community. Both are beneficial for seniors because it saves them and the family money. They are priced according to the income of the senior applying for the housing. There are special funds available to assist seniors in their choice of independent living. The same is applicable if the senior is in need of an assisted living facility. The government has special agencies that help seniors get into and maintain a home designed for senior living.
Another benefit of senior living, whether it is assisted or independent, is that there is always staff of some type, available to provide help if needed. It could be the managers and security of an apartment or housing community, or a medically trained staff at the assisted living home. The senior person is never completely alone. This benefit gives the family the peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones are cared for in some capacity. Most adult living communities provide on site entertainment, mostly in the form of television, music, movie night of games. There is usually a central location for fun and games, or for just sitting and talking.
Assisted living is not only just for seniors who need constant care, they also provide care for the senior that needs just a little supervision. These facilities do not allow residents to go and come at will, but the staff does assist the seniors on outings. This could be just a trip to the nearest store, or an event that requires the senior to be away for a period of time.