Retirement Community Facilities and Amenities

by | Sep 16, 2019 | Blog, Retirement Communities in Rockford

Instead of the hospital environment of a nursing home, newer retirement communities in Rockford facilities look more like apartment buildings with private rooms or suites and locked doors. Instead of a nurses desk, there is a help desk. And instead of a hospital-like lounge area and sterile cafeteria, retirement communities has gathering areas with couches, fireplaces, gardens, atriums, etc. Central dining areas look more like banquet rooms and often offer entertainment during or after mealtimes. Meaningful activities and chats with neighbors in pleasant surroundings, keep residents active and stimulated. Frequent outings are also planned. And transportation is available to residents who can’t drive.

Facilities in Health Agencies

Many retirement communities facilities allow home health agencies to come in and offer services for residents. Some states may allow facilities to have a resident nurse or therapist to help with minor medical problems. And some states even allow variances for retirement communities to offer limited nursing home services.

Some retirement communities in Rockford facilities specialize in the care of Alzheimer’s patients. An Alzheimer’s patient typically does not require a lot of medical attention but often requires supervision and confinement. Alzheimer’s facilities have locked entrance doors to prevent residents from wandering.

Prior to retirement communities, many people had to reside in nursing homes but didn’t need the level of care provided. Yet there were few options for other living arrangements. With retirement communities, these people now have the choice of a more homelike environment at about half the cost of a nursing home. Demonstrating the popularity of ALF’s over nursing homes is the fact that the number of nursing home beds in this country has increased only slightly over the last decade to about 1,800,000 beds, whereas retirement communities beds have grown from about 600,000 to well over 2,000,000 beds over the same period.

Not All Residents Need Significant Care or Assistance

Many are there because they want a simpler lifestyle without the worry of maintaining a home and they seek the companionship of other people their own age. They also may have chosen retirement communities over an independent retirement community because they may need some minor help such as taking medications or they desire a secure environment or they may require some minor supervision. They may be able to get this help other places but they anticipate a time when they may need the more intensive care available only with an retirement communities facility.

The decision to place a loved one in an retirement communities in Rockford facility is a difficult but frequently unavoidable one. Even though the choice may be absolutely necessary, the person forced to make the decision for their spouse or parent often feels an overwhelming sense of guilt. When the time came for you to decide to place your loved ones, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, into retirement communities, you knew it was the best decision for both your loved one and you.

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