According to experts, there are thousands of residents in Alabama retirement homes, and that number is expected to go up over 80% in the next 30 years. When it’s time to start looking for a retirement home or nursing facility, the vast number of options can be overwhelming. Many people question what they should look for in a residential home for themselves or their loved ones. Whether someone is looking for a place to live themselves or for their loved ones, there are many to choose from.
Retirement homes are not nursing homes. Some may be assisted-living facilities. Others function more like 55+ communities with the potential for some in-home support. How can someone find the right home? Get answers by reaching out to SeniorSmart online or calling 205.460.1124.
Start By Knowing the Senior Living Amenities that Are Needed
To start looking for senior living facilities, look at what amenities and features are needed.
Location, Location, Location
The location of the senior living home may matter to many people. For example, some individuals may want to live in a retirement home in the South, where it is warm all year. They may want to be close to friends or family. Alternatively, they may have activities that they want to be close to, like heading to a local Y or meeting at a club during the week.
Consider How Much Care and Support Is Needed
Not all retirement homes have the same level of care. Some will offer 24-hour medical support staff. Others are more like retirement communities where in-home support may come a few times a week to clean or come for an hour in the morning for general help getting dressed or showering. In such cases, it is best to consider finding a retirement home or independent living home that doubles as assisted living. This program ensures that help is available at the push of a button but isn’t always present when the person doesn’t need it.
Consider the Senior Living Services and Activities
After this, seniors should look into the activities that are available in the retirement home or community. Many retirement communities and homes today are filled with local activities, such as:
- Game nights
- Movie nights
Some senior homes have stores and shops within walking distance, so residents have the freedom to come and go while still getting support at home.
Ask About Transportation Options
As people get older, driving can become more difficult. For that reason, asking about transportation options is an excellent idea. Many retirement communities and retirement homes regularly schedule day trips to local wineries or malls, for example. Others have a regular bus schedule or are located near local bus stations. It’s essential to find a community or retirement home that gives seniors the freedom they want while still giving them the support they need.
When Searching for a Retirement Home, Consider the Budget
Many people are under the impression that social security will pay for their retirement, and, in turn, their retirement homes. Unfortunately, this is not the case. On average, the monthly social security check is just under 1,500 dollars, which is well below $4,283.00, the average cost of a retirement home in Alabama. Therefore, it is essential to begin planning for retirement as soon as possible. Seniors should also pay close attention to their budget when choosing their retirement home.
Ask SeniorSmart for Support
At SeniorSmart, we are here to help seniors learn more about retirement, assisted living, and nursing home care through our concierge memberships services. Our services provide information on topics such as:
- Retirement planning
- Medicare benefits
- Social security benefits
- Elder law
- Senior living options
For those who have additional questions about the things they should be looking for in a retirement home or community, we are here to help. Contact us today at 205.460.1124 or sign up for our concierge membership services to learn more.