Before making a decision on where you or your loved one will spend retirement years, you need to look at all the options. If the move involves relocation to a new city or state you truly need to step back and look at everything before you choose new living accommodations.
A medical alert device can become a valuable assistant when an emergency arises.
Here is a brief overview on the various options for aging adults.
- A lifestyle community. These communities cater to a specific age group, and offer in-community amenities in a traditional living space in which you are in your own home. Living in one of these communities means you will be paying for the home itself as well as a monthly fee that pays for the various amenities which could include lawn care, housekeeping, swimming pool or gym facilities, or even in-community parties and events. This is especially good for seniors who want to stay active and is healthy enough to care for them. Equipping the home with a medical alert device can become a valuable assist in the event of an emergency.
- A life-lease environment offers the senior a chance to invest in the community in which he will be living without having the responsibility of home ownership. The cost of living in an arrangement like this is typically less expensive than most other real estate transactions. The money paid into the life lease community helps pay for support services such as medical or other community-based activities. While these communities may provide medical services, individual medical alarms can be invaluable.
- Condos in retirement communities are another option. A retirement condominium is becoming a popular option for seniors. In some instances, these communities also offer housekeeping or health support services as part of the condo fees. These accommodations may be found in popular vacation destinations, which provide the opportunity for vacation living year-round.
When searching for alternative living arrangements there are several factors to consider, including:
- Overall cleanliness and appearance of the home itself
- Overall maintenance and upkeep of the property
- The fee for the home itself
- Community fees - cost and what it includes and if they will increase
- Lease arrangements
- Stipulations on breaking the lease should living alone becomes impossible
Make certain you read the fine print before signing any lease agreements and if necessary have a family member or your family attorney check the paperwork before you make any final decisions.
Remember, no matter where you live, your home medical monitoring device can move with you and act as an added layer of safety in the event of a medical emergency or trip or fall incident.