What Is Senior Housing? What Should You Know

About It?

By Kaye Sharbrough, Senior Seasons

Sometimes seniors prefer to “buy-in” to a larger,

more elaborate community or Continuing Care Community. Sometimes long-term care insurance policies help to pay for the cost. Senior Housing can be for the very independent or for seniors who need lots of help with daily activities.


There are several factors to consider but the three most prevalent reasons for making a move are:

• Is the current environment safe?

• Has isolation or inactivity becoming an issue?

• Would being closer to family put the senior and/or the family at ease?

The benefits of living in an assisted living community can be many 

Fun and new friends

Enjoying friends and an active social life are vital to health and happiness. Assisted Living programs offer a range of social and recreational activities such as entertainment, parties and art classes, and other opportunities to meet new friends, especially at meals.

Keeping spouses together

Assisted Living communities provide a place for spouses to remain together in face of frailty, forgetfulness and health challenges. Appropriate support is provided by trained staff to facilitate as full and safe a life as possible for each spouse.


Meal preparation

Typically, three nutritious meals a day are provided. Normally, the meals are offered in a restaurant-style and social environment.


Exercise and wellness programs

Classes and counseling encourage healthy and active living, an important part of Assisted Living.

Freedom from home maintenance

Responsibilities and expenses of home maintenance are draining. Assisted living communities provide a home-like environment with the onerous chores of maintenance, housekeeping, grocery shopping, cooking, dishwashing and laundry. Residents spend time and energy instead on social, exercise, wellness and recreational activities.

Safety and security

Impaired mobility and balance increase fall risk. Assisted living communities improve safety and security with specialized installations and trained staff on site 24 hours a day.


Assisted Living Communities provide transportation to doctors’ appointments and for other purposes such as shopping or movies.

Assistance with activities of daily living

Activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and medication management are provided at Assisted Living Communities.


Assisted Living communities offer peace of mind to concerned family members.

If all this sounds confusing, all you need to do is reach out to Alan Brauner at Senior Seasons for no cost advice and to have your questions answered.

Alan Brauner


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