If You are Over 55
and Ready to Move, Where can You Go?
Barbara Wilson, SRES,
Realtor DRE #01404824
Many older homeowners find one day their friends are no
longer near, and caring for themselves and the house is more difficult. Making the decision to move can be difficult. But when the decision is made, the next question is Where?
In general, Active or
Independent Living may be apartments, condos, or detached houses, designed
for those who are able to care for themselves.
Activities like planned tours or hiking, swimming or biking clubs may be
offered. There are many communities nearby, from downtown locations to vineyards
or golf-course communities.
Assisted Living generally
incudes meal service, well-checks and laundry.
Help with daily living like bathing, dressing, grooming, transportation
and administering medicines may also be offered. These facilities abound in our area. Many offer several levels of care, so it is
possible to stay in one place longer.
Memory Care is a
specialized offering and most have different levels of assistance. There are fewer of these locally than
assisted living, but the number of facilities is continually rising.
Respite Care is short-term
care for those who may have a regular caregiver at home who is on vacation, or
a person transitioning from the hospital back home. At least 2 assisted living locations offer this,
and I’m sure there are more.
Continuing Care facilities include everything from independent living to
end-of-life care. Assisted living may be
in one building, memory care in a wing and another building on the same site
may have skilled nursing or rehabilitation care. It allows couples to stay at the same place
and in familiar surroundings with one’s friends even as needs change.
If you are interested in the names of some of the
communities I found, just send me an email.
The I would suggest a visit. Each
has its own ambience, from the vineyards to downtown Walnut Creek, golf-course
communities, converted houses and well-known national names. There are many options for staying local when
you are ready to do things you love and only a visit will help you make the
decision that is right for you.