Senior living choices offer variety of benefits, care options

Photo by Chris Caldwell

Photo by Chris Caldwell


Whether you're approaching retirement or considering elder care options for a relative, it's important to look at the various living options available.  While many of the 78 million baby boomers will stay in their current homes or move to a smaller house to age, others will choose options such as active adult communities, independent living, assisted living and nursing homes.

For those who want to stay at home, Certified Aging in Place Specialists can help make the house more accessible and easier to navigate. Seniors who wish to stay independent embrace the social activities and other benefits of living in an active adult community or independent living community. Anyone who requires assistance with daily activities or complete care can find the support they need in assisted living communities or nursing homes.

Check the Elder Care categories on the List to get local ratings on senior housing and contact licensing@angieslist.com or your area's aging agency to learn more about the licensing regulations since they vary by state and type of facility. To find a CAPS contractor in your area, do a keyword search on Angie's List for a "Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist."

Reporting by Emily Udell




Explore the options


Remodeling helps seniors age in place
Active adults enjoy retirement in social communities
Independent living provides services for self-sufficient seniors
Assisted living communities bring peace of mind
Nursing homes give complete care, at a cost

— Additional reporting by Staci Giordullo and Meranda Watling


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help! brother is unable but thinks he is..where can I take him for evaluation? he has little money.

surprise, surprise. Not one comment from a californian. There are more retired and elderly in this state than anywhere else. Where are all those services? just curious

I'm looking for someone to come in my home and be a companion for my husband. Perhaps help me some with light cleaning and preparing supper sometimes. Or not. I've been the sole caregiver for 6 years and I'm physically sick and emotionally drained to say the least. I need to be able to go out as a normal person. I can't do it anymore if I had a companion for him that would enable me to do things whenever I need or want. He has alzheimers. He can shower and dress himself. Needs help more like guidance with other things

Consumer Alert!! Before you do a project or repair. Instead of calling a contractor to evaluate your repairs or needs of evaluate the repairs and needs for your home consider this: In Oregon Licensed Home Inspectors are NOT allowed to perform repairs on any houses that they inspect. I am a licensed and State Certified Home Inspector and a portion of my business is home owners and senior citizens. We offer limited scope inspections as well as whole house inspections, and consulting. A few examples of what I have seen is: 1) had a house for a couple in the Beaverton Oregon area that a siding contractor was telling them that they needed new siding to the tune of $20k when after making my evaluation they only needed a paint job, my fee $150.00, a $17k savings for them. 2) Had a house in SE Portland that this senior citizen, living alone was being pressured into replacing her entire roof, I evaluated the roof and determined her roof needed some maintenance and spot repairs only at this time. The roofing contractor wanted $6k, she paid $150 to me and saved about $5500. 3) Had a senior citizen that was being told that her crawlspace needed restoration, removing and replacement of insulation, vapor barrier, etc, due to rats for $6k. I evaluated the crawlspace and determined the repairs to be much less, about, $400, She paid me $150 get my recommendations. ALL THREE of these cases when these consumers told the contractors, they no longer persued or pressured them into their recommendations, however offered to do less for less money. I offer this information as a public awareness and hope that this helps slow down the dishonest contractors through consumer awareness. Please feel free to contact me for further information and any assistance I can provide A2Zhomeinspections.net ccb# 62252 OCHI# 117

This is an important subject in these days as seniors with better health care live longer. Every locality has different options and different laws. Angie's List should publish a glossary of elder care terms. I can point you to a good source if needed. Dan D, Looking for Good Living

In response to Susan above, Mt. Lebanon Village is the first such Village in Western PA. It has been in operation for nearly two years and provides wonderful aging in place services. Please see our website for more information. We are happy to serve any resident of Mt. Lebanon and to help surrounding communities start their own Village.

Great article and so true! There are so many options out there to choose from day, more than ever before, but you've got to know what you're looking for. Becoming educated about available options BEFORE the need arises is key. Running and operating an elder care / senior living site for the state of Texas, I find that thankfully, more and more baby boomers are becoming better educated and aware of the various services and housing alternatives available. Most people want to 'age in place' and for them services abound! For those who wish to downsize and have less maintenance, there are so many housing options to choose from as well. The Texas aging population is growing! According to the US Census Bureau more than 2.3 million Texans, aged 65 or older in 2006, accounted for 9.9% of the state’s population. That share is expected to rise to 11.7% of the total by 2015. To find home care services or senior living options in Texas we invite you to visit our site at: www.elderoptionsoftexas.com

Nice article. I provide assistance with helping seniors choose the best living options in north central Indiana. Lots of great choices available, but I would like to see some small homes here as in other states that are often called board and care homes. We just don't have them here.

The senior housing and moving issue is one that we all will face or are facing now, be it us or a family member. It's important to learn about all the available options PRIOR to a problem or crisis. Senior Move Expo at the Center of NH in Manchester on Oct 29th is a free expo where one can meet face to face with care providers including assisted living, independent living, nursing homes and home health services. Free seminars on related topics will also be available. www.seniormoveexpo.com

We have in our greater Portland area one of the best care programs for seniors I have come across as a nurse and long-time instructor for adult foster care! It is the only PACE program (Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)in Oregon and is through Providence which has given it the name, ElderPlace. This program serves people over the age of 55 who have been determined eligible for services as defined by the State of Oregon, and who are able to live in a community setting in the Multnomah County area. To find out other requirements and to determine if someone is eligible for this program, go to www2.providence.org then choose the Portland link (there is also a link to information for the Seattle area) or call 503-215-6556 for more information.

There's a growing "Aging in Place" movement that got its start with the Beacon Hill Village and now has over a hundred different communities where people have banded together to provide programs and services that allow folks to remain in their homes and in their communities as they get older. This option is very attractive to many people because it can be quite cost-effective but primarily because it allows you to stay in your home in a mixed-age, "real" neighborhood. Check out the Village-to-Village website: http://www.vtvnetwork.org/

There's a growing "Aging in Place" movement that got its start with the Beacon Hill Village and now has over a hundred different communities where people have banded together to provide programs and services that allow folks to remain in their homes and in their communities as they get older. This option is very attractive to many people because it can be quite cost-effective but primarily because it allows you to stay in your home in a mixed-age, "real" neighborhood. Check out the Village-to-Village website: http://www.vtvnetwork.org/

Great article. I provide Life Management coaching for adult children facing their parents' end of life issues. How might I get included in Agie's List as a provider (I'm already a member). Thanks, Bob

Don't forget about Adult Day Services! ADS is less expensive than home health care, assisted living or nursing homes. check out www.NADSA.org or www.iaads.net!

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