Not too long ago the only option for the majority of elderly people, needing a little help to live was a retirement home. It has long had a negative connotation, comparible to alcohol recovery centres. With the aging population increasing along with able-bodied elderly, the needs and reputation had to change. The answer for many is no longer a retirement home, but assisted living facilities. The future of such facilities is even more dynamic with dental amenities & more.
Current ALFs, offer a varied levels of care. Most have independent living quarters, units or apartments. The kind of care ranges from minimal house keeping to a full service facility that encompasses round the clock licensed medical care. What type of care given depends on the type of facility and the needs of the resident. Typically these needs are adjusted as needs increase or decrease. With all facilities the goal is to allow residents to live as independently as long as possible.
Even though the development of ALFs is fairly recent, even this model is fast becoming antiquated. With the elderly population continuing to grow the sheer numbers are begging for even more diversity in considering the needs for such a vast and diverse population. The most noted change is the development naturally occurring retirement communities. Swathes of areas and entire neighborhoods are aging simultaneously. It is ceasing to make economic sense to uproot entire communities to ALFs rather than converting the services available to a community already in place.
In this newer model of retirement communities, lower income aging adults are more easily addressed. It is no secret that most retirement facilities are marketed and created for aging adults that are financially secure. Communities were the facilities and services come to the area allow older adults, with fixed incomes, to stay in lower income housing while still being able to receive the extra assistance sometimes needed. This model is also being explored with mobile home or RV parks. Community buildings located on sight will offer things like dining, halls, recreational facilities, and nursing and or medical stations. It is a viable option for seniors not yet needed the full service care required by a traditional retirement home.
A considerable portion of the population is aging, especially in the United States. Big changes have already been made in addressing the new needs of the elderly. The journey is just beginning and the future looks pretty amazing.