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Assisted Living: Living Conditions in the Golden Years

May 9, 2008
To grow old gracefully is ideal for everyone -- enjoying and squeezing every valuable minute out of every healthy moment from life. Although the average age of human is lengthening, this fact does yield a greater need for assistance for more who are unable to perform properly the daily tasks when they are older. So, in modern times in the U.S., there have been three options for most seniors to embark on. This brief will go over a bit on each and give a general idea of living choice for senior retirees.

Aging in Place

This is almost anyone's ideal means to live out the rest of their life. This is also known as aging at home. Living in place basically means that you are staying in a home (present residence) until your last moment on earth. The home is not a typical home but one with a few amendments to the deal so everyone can keep abreast of your health and living situation.

These homes are usually modified to make it easier on the body. For instance, instead of steps, there can be long walkways for wheeled transport. The paths and bathrooms are well rigged with handrails. Emergency call buttons can be found in trouble spots like the bathroom or bedroom. So these are some amendments that are made to make a quick response to alert emergency crews for those just-in-case moments.

Assisted living

Assisted living is where folks make the decision to relocate out of their current residence and into a living arrangement where the health and security amenities are built in. You may find these living centers in a typical city community. They are usually apartments or condos connected together, but with access to health assistance and usually with areas to congregate and socialize with others -- residents gathering location.

It's different from a nursing home but they are similar in that they usually have staff that is medically trained to help escort and assist in a variety of things.

It's common to find these centers in larger concentration in warmer, more arid climates. Say for instance, a senior living community in Mesa Arizona will be much more abundant than Michigan or somewhere where it may be cold or damp (falls from ice and arthritis are big reasons for some who migrate to warm climate).

Nursing Home

A nursing home has the most intensive assistance of staff and facility tools alike. It's the closest way to have nursing staff at readying notice, aside from being in a hospital. These facilities are usually used by elderly or folks with disabilities who are debilitated to such an extent that daily tasks have to be helped with.

Licensed nurses are on staff at these locations 24 hours a day and the facility has the tightest federal regulation.
About the Author
Courtyard Towers (http://www.courtyardtowersarizona.com) offers a senior living community in Mesa Arizona that has build-in amenities and entertainment resources to make the simpler pleasures more accessible. It's located in Sunny Mesa, AZ. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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