Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska with a general population over 428,000, and it has the highest percentage of seniors over the age of 65 in the country at 13.2 percent. With the baby boomers entering the age group 65 to 85, attention is focusing on retirement homes and assisted living facilities, or ALFs.
An assisted living facility is usually part of a retirement home community, which includes senior apartments, ALFs, retirement facilities and long term continuing care for the residents. This retirement community gives both independent seniors and the elderly the care that they require without having to move from facility to facility. Alzheimer’s and Dementia care is often provided in nursing homes.
Across the United States approximately one million citizens are presently in a retirement care community, and within the radius of Omaha, there are over 45 ALFs, according to AARP. The residents who go to an ALF typically have one or more activities in their daily life that they cannot accomplish. In the healthcare field, these are called ADLs, and though they cause problems, the senior can still maintain an independent lifestyle with assistance. ALFs are designed today allow total freedom in the living space, accommodating a fellowship area and they have the freedom to come and go as they please.
Most seniors agree that they want to live close to their family and that is a requirement for their choice. Omaha is a tremendous city with many outlying neighborhoods, and there are plenty of ALFs and retirement communities to choose from. There is plenty to do for seniors during the day, from afternoon walks in a variety of parks to visiting the Henry Dourly Zoo, the Durham Museum or the Omaha Performing Arts Center downtown. Many seniors find that retirement is a good time to go back to school, and Creighton University is in Town. There are two golf courses in town, the Tiburon and the Applewood Golf Courses, if you would enjoy a round of golf. Omaha is an clean air city and seniors have all spring, summer and fall to get outside and get some fresh air.
The average cost per month varies from state to state, and in Omaha, the cost is approximately $3999 per month for a one bedroom. This does not include out of pocket expenses, such as medical co-pays, which can total $5,000 per year. Perspective residents should remember this when calculating finances. Assisted living includes three hot meals, home cleaning and 24 hour nursing.
Statistics show that over 70 percent of the population will be a resident in a retirement home or an ALF, in their lifetime. The majority of facilities in the US stay at 80 percent capacity. One of the most important features for any retirement community is to have adequate space for the residents to meet and socialize. This maintains moral and keeps the residents stimulated with conversation.
Searching for an ALF in Omaha
Seniors considering a retirement/assisted living facility consider it their individual choice in finding the right retirement and assisted living home. The website, SeniorLiving.org, is filled with information on retirement and the issues that come along with it. This is an important decision, so don’t allow the search to become overwhelming. Search SeniorLiving.org, and compare the available information.