Explore senior living options for you and your family

When you’re looking for a new community to enjoy at age 65 or older, you probably have more options than you even realize. Beyond a new location that a community can introduce you to, you can find new lifestyles and hobbies as well. Whether your idea of the perfect day is adventure or peace, group activities or privacy – or perhaps a combination of all four – you can find a community that offers you the perfect fit for an exceptional life. Explore all the available senior living options and discover which will best suit your ideal lifestyle.

The Four Categories

When it comes to senior living, there are four primary categories to consider. The first is active adult communities for those who want to enjoy a supportive and secure environment while freely pursuing whatever activities and adventures they may enjoy. For the most part, these communities offer apartments or cottages and create a sense of community among the residents through frequent activities hosted in common areas and group trips to regional destinations.

The second category is housing for those who need specialized care. Supportive living can be essential for people who need assistance – whether just a little support or a higher level of care – and these types of communities are perfect for providing the help residents need while respecting independence and personal freedom. The level of care offered varies quite a bit. Some communities are suited for folks who need a bit of help with some everyday tasks, while others are best for those with more severe issues. These communities also offer plenty of enrichment, social and wellness programs.

The third category is short-term care housing. Short-term care provides the same varying levels of assistance as specialized housing, but residents stay for much shorter stays – maybe even just a few hours. Older adults may spend a few hours of the day in these communities to enjoy programming and social activities and then return home to a residence with a caregiver.

The final category is residential care. This category includes arrangements in which adults receive care in a private residence, whether it is their own home or that of a close friend or family member. These options can vary quite a bit. Typical in-home care would qualify, but hospice care is an option in this category as well. Residential care can also include specialized residential care homes. A small number of residents live together in a home with plenty of assistance with daily living activities, or ADLs, available

Even within each category, you’ll find a wide variety of choices.

Active Adult Housing Options

Retirement Communities

These communities are specifically designed for residents 65 years of age and older who want to live among active people their age. There are quite a few benefits to living in retirement communities. They typically have resort-style amenities to enjoy, such as parks, media rooms, courtyards and walking paths. It’s also common for these communities to be located near public transportation, allowing residents easy access to the surrounding areas without needing a car.

Independent Living Communities

When it comes to having plenty of things to do, independent living communities are probably your best bet. These communities are packed full of activities and amenities with everything from pools and gyms to salons all available on the property. While retirement communities often don’t offer meals, independent living communities usually have meal plans, allowing residents to skip the cooking and cleaning to enjoy restaurant-style meals in a dining room. Personal residences are still notably private, letting residents split their time between themselves and the community however they like, whenever they like.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Technically, this type of accommodation can fit into categories one and two. These communities are designed to be long-term residence places for older adults, even as their needs and preferences change. That means retirees who seek an active lifestyle will feel at home, and they’ll still be able to transition to a different kind of living environment within the same community according to their changing needs.

Specialized Care Housing

Assisted Living

The most common form of specialized care housing is assisted living communities. These supportive care communities are designed to offer varying assistance levels to residents based on what they need. Residents can enjoy their independence and a resident that offers privacy, but they can also find help with everyday tasks like getting dressed and eating if necessary.

Memory Care

A memory care facility specializes in helping residents who have memory impairments to ensure that they live with the respect and dignity they deserve. Alzheimer’s and dementia can create challenges in day-to-day living, and these communities provide the support needed to keep residents safe and well. In addition, they offer specialized programming and activities that are designed to enhance cognitive function and memory.

Nursing Homes

If a person cannot live safely at home on their own, they can find comfort in a nursing home instead. These communities have nurses on staff who are trained and certified to provide the care that people need to keep them living with dignity, even while they require a higher level of care. Note that this is not the same thing as hospital care, as the assistance a nursing home can provide is not as comprehensive as what a hospital provides. Additionally, there’s a subset of nursing homes called skilled nursing communities that are entirely staffed by medical professionals who are available all day and all night for whatever medical needs residents may have.

Short-Term Care

Adult Daily Care Centers

An adult daily care center is a place where people can spend their days while their primary caretaker goes to work or runs errands. Typically, they will come to a center for social engagement and activities. Then they’ll leave at the end of the day to return to a private residence, though longer stays are possible. Additionally, these centers are useful for those who need a bit of a transitionary period between the hospital and returning home.

Respite Care

Respite care can take on quite a few different forms. Technically, this is any type of temporary transference of a primary caretaker, whether it’s to an actually established community or the home of a family member or friend.

Residential Care

In-Home Care

As the name suggests, in-home care is any kind of care performed when the older adult is living at a private residence. The primary caretaker can be a family member, friend or independent care provider working for a wage. In-home care can be useful for a person looking to enjoy an exceptional life with home’s literal comforts.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is reserved for individuals who need serious medical care and symptom management, often when facing a significant illness. This care is usually provided in a home setting similar to in-home care, although there are hospice facilities. The primary difference between in-home hospice care and typical in-home care is a higher level of attention and medical care.

Residential Care Homes

A residential care home is similar to many of the living options you’ll find in the first category, though they function on a smaller scale. These homes typically only have a handful of residents, and the community provides essential needs like meals. They also offer plenty of assistance with ADLs, or activities of daily living.

Finding Senior Living Options in Georgia

If you’re looking for senior living options in Georgia, one option you should consider is Heritage of Brookstone. Our community offers a wide range of care options, from basic care to specialized memory care, allowing all patients to pursue the extraordinary lives they want and retain the dignity and respect they deserve. We offer a balance between solitude and friendship, peace and excitement, in a beautiful, close-knit neighborhood.

Our community is located in West Cobb, and it’s a highlight of Kennesaw’s senior living options. Nestled within tranquil rolling hills, our community lets you enjoy an active lifestyle and high-end amenities. Let us tell you how our community can give you the retirement you’re looking for. Contact us today to discover how Heritage of Brookstone can help you, or download our free Guide for Finding the Right Senior Living Community.