The idea of “retiring” is a relatively modern one; retirement communities are an even newer concept. Mastering the lingo can go a long way toward helping you make good decisions about your future, and to enjoying the highest quality of life in the coming years. Here are some basic terms to help get you started:
Let’s begin with the phrase independent living. There’s a good chance that’s exactly what you are doing right now, in your own home or apartment. At a retirement community, it means retaining that independence — and gaining more, because the community’s staff is performing nuisance tasks like exterior home maintenance, snow removal, meal preparation and more. Such communities also offer amenities such as classes, entertainment, outings, and fitness programs.
For those who need a bit more help with daily living, retirement communities often offer personal care,which can include medication reminders, bathing and dressing. This can be a natural transition from independent living at the same community, near the same family and friends.
Memory care is an important component of today’s most forward-thinking communities, providing highly specialized and respectful care for those whose memories are compromised by disease or the aging process itself. There are also temporary solutions available at such communities, including Respite care, providing caregivers a much-needed break from responsibilities.
Here at Simpson Meadows, we are fluent in the language of retirement living, and would love to help you learn more. Please call (484) 364-3861 or visit www.simpsonmeadows.org today.