Making a decision about housing for an elderly parent who needs care is not an easy call.
Choosing a retirement community or care facility for a parent can be a daunting process. There are a wide variety of community types with different levels of service. Some places offer little more than an apartment, while others provide everything from meals and entertainment to nursing care.
Circumstances usually will dictate what kind of community makes sense. Assisted living is appropriate for those who need some hands-on care, including help with dressing and bathing. Able-bodied seniors are better suited to independent living communities where some services, such as meals, are available, but residents don’t need personal care.
Continuing care retirement communities offer a variety of housing options on one campus. Residents don’t have to leave the campus if they eventually need a higher level of care.