Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland county, North Carolina. It has a population of around 210,100 and about 10% of those are age 65 or older. This means there are about 21,000 senior citizens living within the city limits. With an abundance of parks, theater, and museums, there’s plenty for these residents to do on any given day. Since about 30% of the city’s senior citizens live alone, many of them may have to start considering where they will live in the future when their need for assistance increases.
For some, this may consist of moving in with relatives or having a family member move in with them. But many don’t want to be a burden to others, and so may decide to look into some form of structured living. The terms and options for this can seem quite overwhelming. But the easiest way to look at it is by breaking it down into three main categories.
The first is an independent living facility. These are also known as retirement communities and are usually only open to people that are age 55 and older. Their designed for people who can still perform all of their daily activities of living and require minimal support. The benefits include a sense of community with other seniors and assistance with transportation, recreation, and sometimes meals.
Next is an assisted living facility. This is a higher level of care than an independent living facility and provides assistance for those who can’t perform all of their activities of daily living. There’s more autonomy than a nursing facility, due to not needing 24-hour medical supervision.
Nursing facilities are for those who need around the clock medical supervision and help with most or all of their activities of daily living.
Understanding these different levels of care can help you make the best decision possible on you next step in this journey of life.