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Older adults have more senior living arrangements available than nursing homes. In St. Louis, there are plenty of options available that fit the wants and needs of seniors of all walks of life—including your aging loved ones.
Nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, are not the only kinds of senior care facilities available. For older adults who value their freedom and can safely live alone, independent living communities are probably their match made in senior living heaven.
Independent living communities are unique types of senior housing. Unlike residents of memory care communities and assisted living facilities, independent living residents require little to no help with activities of daily living (ADLs). By contrast, caregivers at memory care and assisted living communities offer more extensive services, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to address residents’ needs.
Commonly known as retirement living communities or senior apartments, independent living locations may offer amenities not seen in other senior health care facilities. These amenities can include:
Such amenities are great for inviting children and grandchildren out for intergenerational activities on a gorgeous sunny day.
Is your loved one a social butterfly? If so, ask yourself the following questions regarding your aging relative:
If you answered yes to these questions, an independent living community could be the perfect place for your loved one.
Selecting the perfect senior living location for you or your loved one means keeping the following in mind.
We know that pricing can be a make-or-break factor when selecting senior housing and senior services. That’s why it’s important to explore payment and financial assistance options available to you and your aging relative.
Medicare is government-sponsored health insurance for older adults. It does not cover costs associated with independent living arrangements and only covers short-term stays in skilled nursing facilities.
Medicaid is a healthcare option for low-income, disabled Americans. Depending on the needs of the insured and the state they live in, Medicaid can cover a significant portion of the costs associated with skilled nursing care services.
St. Louis participates in PACE program, which is a Medicare program/Medicaid service that helps seniors access services they may need in most locations, including within their own homes.
According to the official Medicaid website, people are eligible for PACE if they meet the following requirements:
A continuing care retirement community, also known as CCRCs or life plan communities, may be the right choice for your aging loved one if they want to stay in a single location during their golden years.
A CCRC offers a plenty of senior living options—from skilled nursing services to independent living programs—all at a single location. This fact means that when residents’ needs change, they can still get the personal care services they need without moving to a sterile medical center.
If you’re concerned about COVID-19 for yourself or your loved one, it’s easy enough to receive more information about communities online or through the community’s official phone number. You can even take virtual tours online at many facilities.
Moving at any point in time is stressful; moving in your golden years can be extra stressful. That’s why your loved one deserves a facility that does more than simply offer services and amenities. They deserve a location that cultivates a community. Whether they relocate to the suburbs or downtown St. Louis, there are plenty of adventures that await your loved ones in Missouri.
There are plenty of senior living communities and senior care options in and around St. Louis that will provide quality care for your loved one, giving you peace of mind regarding their well-being and quality of life. That means there are plenty of locations that can accommodate a wide range of senior citizens. Find independent living communities in and around the St. Louis area today!