Life after retirement is expensive, especially when the person doesn’t own a house and the only option is to find an accommodation in the high-priced real estate market. Benefits that are obtained from Government during old age can cover the cost of living to some extent, provided the person knows how to manage his finance in the best possible manner. Even then, the rent is often a major budget item. Many people after certain age become eligible for assisted living centers that provide affordable housing as well as other basic needs to people in need. These places offer in-home care, consultation and medication free of charge, or for a minimal fee.
Camden in New Jersey is one such cities where there are a number of assisted living centers for such people. Just around the corner and down the block on Kershaw Highway, Morningstar of Camden is an assisted living respite care for short term stay. This type of senior care center is for those who have no place to go but need a temporary shelter. The center fills basic needs, providing rooms, restrooms, private showers, secure lockers, and laundry facilities. Another center, the Springdale Healthcare Center is a retirement home on Battleship Road that provides assistance for residents with personal care. They have a team of onsite medical professionals to tend to residents’ medical needs. There is a large lounge area with couches, games and television, as well as recreation room in this facility. Then there is Pinedale Residential Center on Hermitage Pond Road, where people can apply for basic services and more, such as health counseling, right on the premises. Some of these centers have come up with a novel way to get needed health care to elderly citizens. Their outreach team, a tight-knit and dedicated group that includes health social worker, nurses, paramedics, operates all day all night like an old-time police car on the beat. The team members, widely know for their pleasant attitude towards residents, stop to talk, and when they do, they offer every imaginable health service, from a friendly ear to serious counseling time.
The main difference between a hospital care and an assisted living center is that, quality of life for the overall well-being of seniors is often a low priority in hospitals for people with limited budget. What elderly citizens need is a peaceful living in which they are able to face the daily challenges of life without fear or losing self-esteem, and be able to communicate with people in similar situations. What they often get under hospital care facilities instead are brief visits to an array of physicians, conflicting medications and continuing experimentation with their health using different therapies. For residents in assisted living centers, these issues do not exist, because assisted living centers mainly focus on natural healing of illness in patients, and make the residents do their job independently. They promote many programs and approaches that use healthy habits and techniques for diet, exercise and sleep, through books, straight-talk, video and so on. They also advise the residents to establish a regular daily routine that incorporates discipline into their lives. The residents on the other hand take proper care of themselves with the helping hand of the staffs in the centers, practice the principles stated, thus affirming their own worth.