Due to medical advances, the world of senior care is no longer the same as before. People are now expecting more specialized care to meet specific needs and expectations. As such, there are now a wide variety of senior living options to choose from. We understand that deciding on the right senior living option for your loved ones can be an overwhelming process, so we’re here to help you. In this article, we look into the various senior living options and what are the factors you should consider before making a choice.

Understand the Different Community Types

Before diving into all the details, it’s important to know and understand the many senior living options offered. In the United States, there are three main types: Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing. These communities all provide long-term care catered to older adults with varying degrees of needs. While assisted living and skilled nursing are specially designed for loved ones who require assistance in their everyday lives, independent living is suited for older adults who are healthy and self-reliant. Here at Aston Gardens At Sun City Center, we offer independent living, which allows residents to relish in a lifestyle filled with leisure, educational and social activities.

Tour the Community

While you and your loved ones can take a look at photos of the community online or in the brochures, nothing beats having a first-hand experience of the place. Touring the community provides an opportunity for your loved ones to get a feel of the surroundings and interact with the staff and other residents. This is important as your loved ones can get to know the inner workings of the community and whether it suits their personality. For example, a lively environment may intimidate loved ones who are more introverted.

At Aston Gardens At Sun City Center, we are aware of how essential a tour is, which is why we provide complimentary tours around our community for you and your loved one. Under our Be Our Guest program, you and your loved one will be treated to a two-day tour, where your loved one can be familiarized with the environment, participate in the array of activities and events, and try out the food served at our Sensations restaurant.

Plan Financially

It should come as no surprise that long-term care requires significant financial funding from you or your family members. Typically, continuing to reside at home is a more costly course of action compared to staying in a senior living community, but always research and compare your options as everyone’s needs and expectations are different. There’s also the consideration of how the fees should be paid. Generally, you can pay off using three ways: relying on health insurance, drawing on retirement savings, and seeking insurance coverage. Due to the high costs of long-term care, it doesn’t hurt to start early. If your loved ones are currently in their 50s to 60s, this is a good time to prepare financially.