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How to Decide Where to Live in Retirement

Finding the Right Retirement Community for You

Deciding whether to move into an independent living, assisted living, or memory care community can be a difficult choice when determining where to live following retirement. However, if you’re familiar with what makes each community different, you’ll be able to settle into the perfect home for your needs.

While doing research online may be helpful as you first explore your options, visiting a community in person will give you the most comprehensive look into living there.


Independent Living 

Thinking about where to live after retirement? Are you ready to start living a lifestyle with less responsibilities? Then you’ll love independent living. While some people may enjoy everyday tasks such as cooking, independent living gives you more choices, so you can spend your time doing the things that make you happy.


Independent living means just that. You can manage your day with minimal to no assistance with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, medication administration, and mobility.


Independent Living Services & Amenities

Many communities, like Tiffany Springs Senior Living, offer convenient on-site amenities including:

  • swimming pools
  • fitness centers
  • beauty and barber shops
  • libraries
  • bars and bistros
  • billiard rooms
  • yoga studios
  • art studios
  • walking paths

You can be as involved as you choose to be. The best communities have a full schedule of recreational, cultural, and learning activities and get-togethers.

Assisted Living 

If you’re a senior who would like greater assistance with the activities of daily living, then assisted living may be right for you.

Assisted living is a good choice if you’re experiencing a slight decline in health or in performing one or more tasks of activities of daily living. This includes bathing, dressing, grooming, meal preparation, or remembering to take medication. Here, there are also plenty of opportunities and spaces to socialize on a regular basis. These communities generally have frequent, scheduled activities on and off-site that strive to build bonds between residents and promote healthy, engaged lives.


Assisted Living Services & Amenities

Assisted living communities offer all the same services as independent living from housekeeping and on-site maintenance to dining and laundry services. However, there are some distinctions that make assisted living unique including 24-hour care, three prepared meals a day, and tailored care plans.


Apartments are modified throughout to ease mobility. You’ll notice wider doorways, walk-in showers or tubs, and safety bars ensure convenience, safety, and comfort.


Memory Care

When determining where to live after retirement, make sure to think beyond just your physical care needs! Memory care communities specialize in caring for older adults who have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other types of memory problems. In a continuing care community, those who have progressive memory impairment can easily make the transition from independent living or assisted living to memory care. That’s one of the great benefits that come with living in a continuing care community like Tiffany Springs Senior Living. Residents can increase their level of care while eliminating the anxiety and confusion that may come from making a moving to a brand-new location.


Memory Care Services & Amenities

Alongside all of the services and amenities provided by independent and assisted living communities, memory care communities also provide memory-specific services, amenities, and activities. Round-the-clock supervision and assistance with daily tasks are provided by highly trained staff. Days are busy with activities designed to engage the mind and maintain skills and independence. Dining, transportation inside and outside the community, medication administration, and other routine tasks are assisted with and closely monitored.

Generally memory care units are located in separate wings or floors of a community with additional security. Since memory care residents are more likely to wander, their living areas are designed in a pleasant and easy-to-navigate way with a higher level of security to ensure their safety.


Rehabilitation & Extended Stay

If you or your loved one is in need of post-surgery or post-hospital care that addresses medical recovery needs on a daily basis, Rehabilitation and Extended Stay offers an ideal living situation. While some individuals may be directly referred for rehabilitation services from an acute care hospital, others in search of the same services and amenities for as long as they need it can use extended stay programs.


Rehabilitation & Extended Stay Services & Amenities

Similar to Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, Rehabilitation & Extended Stay communities enrich their residents’ lives while maintaining a focus on recovery and overall wellness. These communities provide 24-hour nurse supervision, meals, activities, wellness programming, and health management support to post-surgery and post-hospital residents. In collaboration with the patients’ physicians, an individual care plan is developed to ensure optimal health. In addition, many Rehabilitation and Extended Stay communities have therapy gyms. The Tiffany Springs Rehabilitation and Health Care gym is equipped with specialized fitness machines that come with built-in games and emulate real-life situations and tasks. So whether you are preparing to re-enter life outside of the rehabilitation community or doing every day wellness training as an extended-stay resident, you’ll have the support you need to reach your goals.

If you’re still unsure where to live in retirement or which type of community is best for you or your loved one, check out this handy chart.

Senior Care Infographic Comparing Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Senior Rehab