Clay, New York is a small suburb of Syracuse in Onandaga County. Clay has year round moderate temperatures, with 30 degrees Fahrenheit being the average low and 80 degrees Fahrenheit being the average high. These temperatures are probably moderated by the fact the Clay is bordered by the Oneida River which flows to the Oswega River which empties into Lake Ontario. With the year round pleasant temperatures, the 60,000 residents or Clay can enjoy their quiet community with easy access to the big city. For shopping they have the Great Northern Mall affording plenty of convenient shopping to the residents and surrounding communities.
Seniors who are attracted to the quiet lifestyle of Clay will find the cost of living is average for an American town. The community does have more access to aid and housing for seniors, perhaps because of its proximity to Syracuse. As they age many seniors are faced with choices of how they want to live their lives. It may no longer be wise for them to live alone. Living with family may not be an option for many elderly people. They may choose to consider hiring someone to come into their homes to help them out. Home health aides or homemaker services could alleviate the issues some elderly are facing. The biggest challenge with hiring these services may be the added cost. To hire a home health aide increases expenses $4229 per month and hiring home maker services can add an additional $3905 to your monthly bills. Neither is an option for many seniors living on a fixed income.
The ideal compromise is to find a way to combine your living costs with the services that improve the quality of life of the elderly. With assisted living, a senior would be able to live in a private one bedroom apartment and have daily access to housekeeping and medical personnel. Some facilities are set up to focus on providing assistance with compliant medicine usage. Others focus of therapies the resident might need. Still others offer 2-3 meals a day, alleviating the concern some seniors have about eating nutritionally and preparing their own food. Assisted living facilities go even further and provide an all inclusive fee for electricity, gas, garbage disposal, etc. In the Syracuse area, this type of facility is available for as little as $3100 monthly.
While there are still more options, the most attractive options for seniors who are active is an environment that meets their need and still gives them the freedom to come and go as they please. An assisted living facility offers that to each and every one of its residents. To get a good understanding of your options, use the search bar at the top to check out your neighborhood options. The unbiased reports will give you access to information that can help you decide what choices you want to make for your future living options.