Today there are over one million people in assisted living facilities, or ALFs, and retirement homes across the country. Researchers project that by the year 2030 there will be over two million. Moving into an ALF is a major decision, both for the senior and the entire family, but with the right information, you can find the right facility. Many retirement communities have senior apartments, ALFs, and long term continuing care in one facility. Taylor offers dozens of assisted living and retirement homes within the city limits, and at least 256 in the surrounding counties.
Taylor is a small, family-oriented town of about 62,400. For those 55 and over, choosing an ALF allows them to retain their independent lifestyle while still receiving the care that they need. Those seniors in assisted living typically have at least one ADL, or daily life task that they need assistance with. The newer ALFs are one and two bedroom apartments that allow the senior their freedom to come and go. Older ALFs are designed more like a dormitory or condo, and inside, there is a cafeteria as well as a social room. It is important that any ALF or retirement home has a meeting room for all of the residents because communication and interaction keeps the seniors alert.
Statistics show that approximately 70 percent of seniors over the age of 65 will need assisted living or long term health care in their lifetime. When asked what they considered the most important feature in an ALF, seniors agreed that it is close proximity to family and friends.
Taylor has four seasons, and visiting grand-kids can always find something to do no matter what time of year it is. Taylor has two public golf courses for the golf enthusiasts, the Taylor Recreation Center for indoor fitness and other group activities, the Taylor Veterans Museum and the Taylor Sportsplex that provides ice skating and hockey for the grandkids.
The Encorse River runs alongside Taylor, and there are many beautiful parks throughout the area for taking an afternoon walk. At Heritage Park, there are remnants of Taylor’s history, a covered bridge, historical homes, a log cabin and a train station built in 1876 still stands.
Assisted Living Costs
The average cost nationwide for a semi-private room in a retirement community is $140 and $214 a day. Private rooms average $187 to $300, and this equates to approximately $32,900 to $68,000 per year. The cost for an ALF will be less because there are fewer nursing services required for the senior. The cost also varies according to the age and care of the resident. Many people figure that the total cost includes everything, but there will be out of pocket expenses that average $5,000.
When searching for the right retirement and assisted living facility, there are many details to consider in making the right decision. SeniorLiving.org has plenty of information for seniors and elderly care so that you can make the best choice for your loved one. SeniorLiving.org reduces the stress of searching by providing the right information to compare.