When I help my senior clients find new housing options in the greater Walnut Creek area, I am astonished on how many of my clients truly don’t understand the difference between active adult communities and assisted living communities. I wanted to clarify the definitions because I also realized that some of my clients, and many seniors in general, are embarrassed to ask about the differences. Never be embarrassed to ask a question. Myself and other real estate agents and brokers deal with these terms daily, but it is understandable to feel lost when you don’t buy or sell homes daily.
Let’s start with Independent Living: Most of my senior clients look to move from the big family home and into condos, townhouses and single family homes that are smaller and more maintenance free. These options are considered as Independent Living options.
Next is Active Adult Communities: The greater Walnut Creek area has many active adult communities to consider. The goal of these communicates is to service the interests and needs of active adults over the age of 55. The types of housing includes condos, townhouses and single-family properties. These communities offer on-site activities, including exercise, social clubs, art instruction and lecture series. There are no medical services included with this type of lifestyle situation.
Assisted Living Communities: These are often apartment or condo units with an added benefit of an on-site staff to assist seniors. Also, meal service in communal dining spaces and planned activities are arranged by the assistant living community. Occasionally, nursing and medical services are included.
Adult Family Homes: Such properties are licensed to care for up to six residents in a home setting. Services typically include meals and housing maintenance and attending to residents’ safety and care. Facilities may specialize in addressing specific health concerns and provide care and an environment tailored to those conditions.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: These facilities specialize in caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease offer programs that address residents’ needs and provide an environment where they can live safely. Many buildings incorporate design features, such as safe wandering paths and color coded areas to help with way-finding. Usually, a spouse or a family member has to make a decision to initiate this type of living situation.
Continuing Care Retirement Living Communities: A Continuing Care Retirement Living Community offer various levels of senior assistance, depending on a person’s needs. They include independent and assisted living and nursing care.
Every senior or senior couple has different lifestyle needs as we progress through life. If you want to view different living options, please contact me.I am available to help you review different types of living situations, benefits, price points, and find a way to improve your quality of life that also meets your budget requirements.