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Make the Right Choice: Senior Living Options Explained

October 4th, 2021

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If you have recently decided that a transition to a senior living community is in your best interest or that of a loved one—great job! You have taken the first and most important step on the journey to a wonderful and fulfilling new chapter. At this point, however, you may start to feel overwhelmed by the variety of options from which to choose when it comes to finding the ideal situation, and you are not alone.

Many do not realize the breadth of offerings when it comes to senior living – and this is a good thing. Our industry is designed to serve aging adults of all kinds depending on their needs and stage of life. At times, this can make the initial stages of your research confusing, which is why we have outlined some of the common lifestyles or levels of care available so that you can determine which one suits your particular situation. It is important to note that certain senior living providers operate as Life Plan Communities, meaning they offer multiple levels so that a resident can transition smoothly between one or more of them if their needs change, without uprooting their lives to a new campus or location.

Independent or Residential Living

This is more of a lifestyle option than a level of care because as the name implies, it provides a free and autonomous experience to those who choose it. It offers a lifestyle similar to that they experienced in their own home, but with many additional advantages. For one thing, it eliminates the stress and hassle of home maintenance and upkeep, which can be time-consuming and difficult to manage at any age. By choosing a residential living option, the resident can put their free time to better use without the bother of fixing a plumbing issue or mowing and raking their yard. What’s more, they can fight the isolation of living alone by moving to a community with like-minded neighbors of a similar age – be sure to explore options that are located near nice scenery, local attractions and fun off-campus activities.

Assisted Living

This level of care is similar to residential living in that the resident will enjoy the privacy of their own apartment but with 24/7 supervision and assistance with the activities of daily living (such as mobility, grooming, medication management, etc.) from trained and professional staff members. This allows them to enjoy the freedom of their retirement years with the tranquility of mind that assistance is just around the corner, day or night.

Memory Care

Millions of Americans begin to experience some form of dementia as they age, whether because of Alzheimer’s disease or similar forms of dementia. However, this hurdle does not mean they are not entitled to the same joys and beauties of life as anyone else, and licensed memory care programs are specially designed to help control the negative effects of dementia and memory-related complications and slow their progression so that the individual can continue to enjoy as much of each day as possible. Quality memory care communities are staffed by professionals trained in addressing dementia-related complications such as frustration or confusion and feature safety mechanisms like magnetically-locking doors to prevent wandering into unsafe situations.

No matter your needs and desires, or those of your loved one, you can rest assured that the right option is out there for you, and you can take proactive measures by selecting a Life Plan Community to ensure that they will be met both now and in the future. If you would like to learn more about a Christian Life Plan Community located in northwestern Washington State, visit or call us today at 206-546-7565.

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