The Evolution of Assisted Living

National Assisted Living Week is recognised during September 11-17, 2011. Data from 2010 states that there are approximately 6,315 professionally managed assisted living communities nationwide with approximately 475,500 apartments. The number of older Americans (persons 65 years or older) will more than double by 2030 compared to 2000. Approximately 72.1 million people or 19 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 by the year 2030. Due to lack of construction financing for senior housing during the U.S. housing crisis, the supply of available communities has been reduced. With a growing senior population that will be living longer, the senior housing industry expects more residential care communities will be needed to handle the increased demand. This rise in residents will be reflected in an evolution of service offerings to cater to the diverse resident base found in these communities. Communities will be created to be places where people want to live not where they need to live due to physical, emotional or mental health issues. Get the facts about Senior Living Near Me you can try this out.

Some trends that are occurring now in these communities and will continue to evolve are specialised memory care units. As the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 or older, Alzheimer’s disease will affect 16 million Americans by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease requires an enormous time investment from the caregiver. If those living with the disease can afford it, they can live full-time in an assisted living environment that specialises in Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The average monthly cost to live in an assisted living community is $3,270/month. This is for basic level of care. Prices vary greatly depending on location, room size, amenities, health issues and services offered. Personal finances affected by the U.S. economy combined with the cost to live in an assisted living community have brought about another industry trend – the timing when caregiving transitions from the family to a residential care community. To save money and delay the need to move into an assisted living community many seniors and their families are choosing to retrofit their own home to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible. This has led to the recent boom in home modifications for elder safety.

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