As far as assisted living for couples is concerned, the situation can be quite overwhelming. When an elderly couple with different care needs starts seeking proper care and senior retirement community, the options may seem pretty dire and almost impossible, especially if the research hasn’t been conducted in advance.
The matter at hand here is that lifespans are on the rise in recent decades, which is a wonderful thing, but this situation makes way for new problems. Namely, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more and more elderly people aged 60 and over who are married, whereas the number of those who are reporting widowhood has decreased significantly. Naturally, those elderly couples seek couple-based care programs because they want to spend their senior days together.
This begs the question: Is assisted living for couples possible? Fortunately, the answer is – YES.
Assisted living for couples is among the most popular solutions for elderly people who are thinking about their future and are planning in advance. It is the best option for senior couples seeking a maintenance-free lifestyle, but occasionally need some help with ADL (Activities of Daily Living).
Since many couples have one spouse who doesn’t need any assistance at all at the moment, some assisted living facilities provide services for both of them. There are often options to live in the same apartment in which one spouse is receiving health care services, while the other one is not.
Assisted living is a perfect solution for couples who may be needing assistance with a wider range of activities in the future as it also offers hospitality services and amenities, as well as several different alternatives of basic care services that include:
- Medication management
- Assistance with ADL like:
– getting dressed
– taking a shower
Useful and fun community events and activities are also available, while some assisted living for couples communities includes Memory Care as well. Memory Care provides senior couples with a special type of service and care designed to perfectly meet the special needs of individuals who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or any other disorder that stems from deteriorated memory.
Other Solutions to Consider
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
This type of care offers both assisted living and memory care programs for couples with different care needs and is great as a long-term solution. CCRC covers wide-ranging care in every stage of senior living, all in one single location.
Family Care Homes
These communities are also a suitable option for elderly couples. A family care home is a residential-home setting that usually doesn’t have that many residents so it can provide different needs to each senior. This is why some elderly couples opt for this type of accommodation, as they can both get their own level of care.
Home Health Care
This can be a nice option for seniors who don’t want to leave their own homes but require either basic care needs or even full-time care (those who live with dementia or Alzheimer’s).
NOTE: This solution may require further investments into making their home suitable for living with these types of disorders.
Also, a nice option for senior couples with different care needs as this solution typically offers:
- assistance with ADL
- dining programs
- a skilled nursing facility room
- specialized medical care and amenities
- comprehensive therapy and rehabilitation
If you have more questions about assisted living for couples, do not hesitate to contact Adagio House about our services in Scottsdale, AZ. You can also schedule an initial orientation to see if our company is right for you or your loved one.