Saginaw, Michigan is a family city located in central Michigan, and within the Saginaw city limited there are 28 assisted living communities in the 30 mile radius. Within the United States, there are approximately 30,000 assisted living and retirement homes, and most seniors who opt to go into an assisted living facility, or ALF, do so because they have difficulties with at least one activity in their daily life. ADLs create living problems that require daily assistance for the senior, but they don’t detract from their lifestyle. The individual still retains their freedom and independence.
Most ALFs are part of a connected system of retirement living that includes senior apartments, assisted living and long term continuing care. This system allows the resident to receive the amount of care that they need at their own level. There are now over one million Americans that reside in ALFs, and the number is projected to double by the year 2030. Americans between the ages of 60 and 85 will increase 40 percent by the year 2020 with the baby boomers of the 50’s arriving at a senior age. Typically, 85 year old females are the most common residents in a retirement home, and retirement centers are made up of 69 percent females and 31 percent males on the average.
Most seniors declare that their first requirement in searching for an Alf or other independent living is that they remain close to family and friends. Saginaw is located south of Lake Michigan and is surrounded by many small towns, including Bay City, Auburn and Birch Run with the University of Michigan just north of downtown.
Lake Michigan makes a wonderful place to spend the day, and if you want to stay in Saginaw, the parks allow the senior an afternoon to get out and get fresh air. There are four seasons in Saginaw, so there will be snow in the winter months. The Saginaw Museum, the Castle Museum and the largest and oldest division of the armed forces for land based operations all make great sightseeing. The Bridgeport Historical Society is filled with information, and the Children’s Museum is super fun for the grand kids.
Senior living facilities range in design and cost. A newer ALF will have senior apartments that surround a common room for fellowship while still including access to nursing services 24 hours a day. An older model resembles dormitory style where the senior has a private room or shares a room that opens into a socializing area.
The average cost for assisted living care ranges from $3,550 to $4,800 a month, and the cost will rise with the age and amount of care that is required. The huge misconception is that this price covers everything, and it doesn’t. There will be co-pays for doctors and other out-of-pocket expenses that average $4888 a year.
Searching for the right retirement and assisted living home is an individual decision. SeniorLiving.org has plenty of information for elderly care and other retirement issues. Don’t allow the search to become confusing, simply compare the available information.