Sterling, VA (PRWEB) May 16, 2008
Fairfax Publishing announces new URL for http://www.theseniorguide.com - http://www.seniorlivingguide.com. Fairfax Publishing Company is the publisher of Senior Living Guide with distribution throughout the SouthEast. These full color digest sized editions are quarterly in nature and detail lifestyle, senior housing and service options for the mature (senior) audience and their caregivers- both family and the healthcare professional. http://www.SeniorLivingGuide.com provides the same information detailed in ALL editions, on the web, and is THE premier destination to learn more about these services.
The tangled web of Senior Housing options, explanations and clear definitions has been made easier by the renowned publishers of the Senior Living Guides with the restructuring of their website, SeniorLivingGuide.com. Frustrated family members who can be overwhelmed with information have an easy, unbiased website to turn to when searching for Senior Housing for their loved ones. As the "sandwich generation" and the Boomers steadily gain knowledge about their senior housing options, it's great to know that the search for Senior Housing can be a one stop shop at SeniorLivingGuide.com
With everything from Conventional Apartments now catering to the 55+ to Continuing Care Communities and Nursing Care Communities, SeniorLivingGuide.com has taken the time to create a consumer friendly marketplace for Senior Housing that will clearly define each and every choice. With features such as:
- Search by specific state, area or level of care needed
- Pricing listed
- Levels of care clearly defined
- Multiple photos provided
- Links to community/company websites
Your choices for Senior Housing vary by the level of independence or care needed for your loved one. SeniorLivingGuide.com clearly defines these choices for the consumer and guides them through their decision. They are as follows:
- Conventional Apartments - With no age restrictions, apartments can offer total freedom from the care and maintenance required of home ownership as well as the expense. There is often a fitness room or facility provided as well as other amenities like a pool, whirlpool, playgrounds, walking trails and a clubhouse. This is a great choice for the independent senior who wishes to be free of a mortgage and the maintenance of a home.
- Senior Apartments - Similar to the conventional apartments in that they offer total freedom from the care, maintenance and cost of home ownership, Senior Apartments can offer many accommodations and amenities specifically designed for the aging adult. These are often referred to as 55+ communities and can sometimes have income limits if they have been subsidized by the government. Some senior housing communities may also be referred to as Government/Subsidized Housing and these have guaranteed affordability with strict age & income requirements. The amenities offered specifically for aging adults can be shopping excursions, community sponsored gatherings, grab bars in bathrooms, wider doors/entries, elevators and even emergency alarms. Senior Apartments are another excellent choice for the senior who is fully independent but wishes to be free of their home ownership.
- Active Adult Communities: Ordinarily communities that advertise as Active Adult are a variation of home ownership in that they offer a more compact, low-maintenance residential environment designed around a convenient one-level floor plan with "aging in place features". Most of these communities offer easy access to leisure and recreational activities. They can be maintenance free with a small monthly "homeowner's fee". Often referred to as "villas" they are conveniently located close to shopping and other activities in a neighborhood setting.
- Independent Living Retirement Communities: Typically these communities offer a monthly rental rate with a menu of choices/amenities like housekeeping, meals, etc. There is an emphasis on quality amenities, recreational and leisure activities, clubs and groups. There are usually daily activities, fitness instruction, pools, health/fitness facilities, dining room/restaurant and even travel opportunities. They typically do not offer any substantial medical or health care, however some do make available an "aging in place" opportunity by contracting with certain Home Care and/or Companion Care companies.
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Often referred to or abbreviated as a CCRC, they can offer a living environment that begins as an Active Adult or Independent Living up to skilled nursing care. This one stop senior housing option may require an entrance fee and usually a monthly fee for meals and other amenities, but the benefit of that is that care will be provided for the rest of the adult lifetime. Truly "aging in place", some CCRC's are almost entirely self-sufficient with town centre's that include a beauty salon, banking and other shops.
- Assisted Living Communities: These communities can offer assistance with non-medical activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing or grooming. However, most Assisted Living Communities have a full-time Registered Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistants. They offer many different levels of care, laundry & housekeeping services, meals in a dining room setting and many recreational activities. They will often transport the resident to shopping, doctor's appointments and other excursions. They will also coordinate Home Care or Companion Care if a higher level of care is required. Most Assisted Living Communities have a designated Memory Care Unit for those adults with advanced types of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease.
- Nursing Care Communities/Facilities: These are usually the highest level of care choice in senior housing offering skilled or intermediate-level nursing care. Most like a hospital setting with an in-house, around the clock nursing staff. Such communities may be designed for short-term care, rehabilitation, long-term care or acute care.
- Memory Care Communities/Units: Also referred to in the description for Assisted Living Communities, these are for adults with advanced types of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease. It is common to see communities designated for memory care alone, but you will also find that most Assisted Living Communities can offer a secure Memory Care Unit now. The Memory Care Unit/Community is locked in order to maintain the adult's safety.
There is no doubt that the senior housing industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 20 years in order to accommodate the booming population of 55+. We are lucky to have so many choices in senior housing, even the choice to stay in our own home with Home Health Care and Companion Services. Consumer friendly websites that feature all of the choices in senior housing and services can provide the much needed relief for seniors and their families. Log on to http://www.SeniorLivingGuide.com.