Where You Live Matters

03/24/2021 Susan O'Leary Resources

Housing Options for Aging Adults

People are not meant to be isolated from one another. It’s probably why during the global Covid19 Pandemic people found unique and interesting ways to engage with each other; physically apart, but spiritually together. Using technology, many people were able to use video and live feeds to communicate with each other. Some shared their talents by teaming together to create music, art and comedy. Perhaps most captivating, were the entire neighborhoods banding together at a certain time to applaud all the front-line health care workers. 

Isolation, on the other hand, can occur when mobility issues arise. Whether it’s a lack of transportation, or perhaps a health issue that makes getting around a challenge. When family and friends live far away, a person may find themselves becoming more and more isolated. According to a study by Julianne Holt-Lunstad a PhD Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University, loneliness and isolation are twice as harmful to physical and mental health as obesity.

 Where you live matters! There are plenty of options when it comes to housing for Aging Adults. It’s important to know the differences between the many types of housing to find one that fits your lifestyle.

Active Adult Communities

Also known as an Age-Restricted Community, this type of community may be made up of apartments, condos, or single- family homes and is designed for active and independent people. Residents are typically aged 55 and up. Some of these communities offer social, recreational and educational activities. When care is needed, one would need to either move, or pay for expensive in-home care.

Independent Living

Independent Living Communities are designed to allow residents a healthy way to enjoy a variety of social, emotional, and spiritual activities, while remaining independent for as long as possible. Health care services are not offered and one would need to move, or pay for in-home care once care is needed.

Assisted Living

These facilities provide different levels of personal care in addition to providing housing, meals, and care, as well as activities and enrichment when living independently or alone safely is no longer an option. When more care is needed, one would likely be moved to a Skilled Nursing Facility.

Nursing Homes

Sometimes called Skilled Nursing Facilities, this type of community provides personal care services in addition to medical care. Staffed with nurses and care staff, residents in these facilities require round the clock care. Some people stay in nursing homes when they need short term care or rehabilitation from an injury or surgery. 

Retirement Communities

One type of retirement community is a CCRC, Continuing Care Retirement Community. This type of community is typically in a commercial apartment type building or high rise building in a larger city. CCRC’s offers a range of care options from Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing on one campus. As a resident’s needs change, they can move through the levels of care offered in the community. There are several different contract types from all inclusive, to fee for service.

A New Kind of Community

Resort Living at Kensington Gardens is a PCRC, or Personalized Care Resort Community, based on our own original and innovative Wellness Community concept. Our boutique community offers a new and unique concept in retirement living. Using beautiful Villas and Cottages on an expansive private estate, our PCRC offers members peace of mind that their future and legacy are secure. Attention to detail, warm hospitality, and a focus on wellness are just some of our core values. Our members embrace an active lifestyle with fitness, chef prepared meals, time spent with family and friends, and travel defining how they wish to spend their days. Award-Winning Signature Personalized Care is available if needed. Most importantly, you can predict future costs and plan to leave a legacy. With proper planning, your future can be more secure.

Choosing to live in a community is a proactive approach to planning your future. Among things to consider if you don’t choose to live in a community are who will arrange, coordinate, and provide care, as well as how you will pay for long term care services should you need them. There are many benefits to moving into a community such as Kensington Gardens. There is a sense of camaraderie and belonging that comes with living in a community. At KG we focus on health, wellness, and the emotional well-being of our members. The activities and interest groups at KG will keep people active and engaged. After years of taking care of a home, living maintenance free, and not worrying about repairs is another important reason why people choose to belong to a community. Another significant reason to consider a community is to preserve your relationships with your family and friends, who won’t have the responsibility of caring for you or your home as your needs change. At KG, our award-winning staff will take care of your needs, freeing up time for you to travel and enjoy living!

A PCRC is a great example of a place where belonging can help you live a happier, healthier life. Communities create a sense of connection and foster relationships. Each community offers its own unique amenities and enrichment activities which help connect members to other people, often creating lasting friendships along the way. From special interest clubs to world class resort amenities, there is a type of community for almost everyone.

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Susan O'Leary

Susan O'Leary, Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer at Kensington Gardens, Susan O'Leary brings top-notch skills in communication, management, and compassion to her multi-faceted role. Dedicated to the well-being of her team and the community, she seamlessly helps run complex details of Kensington Gardens with a brilliant and endearing touch. Backed by her Master's degree and experience as a School Principal, Susan relates well with diversified members as well as readers in her blog entries, full of insight and wit.