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What’s Your Best Option for Senior Housing? How to Choose Between Aging-in-Place and Assisted Living
The choice of senior housing is one of the biggest financial decisions faced by older adults. Whether a senior stays at home or moves to an assisted living facility, there are a lot of costs associated with senior housing. However, expense isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing a living situation for the senior years. These are the pros and cons to weigh as you decide where to live while growing older.

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Moving to a Care Facility
Ask a senior about assisted living, and three out of four will tell you they have no interest in aging in a care facility. However, assisted living can be the best housing option for many seniors.
Pros of Assisted Living
⦁ On-site assistance: With ⦁ activities of daily living (ADL) assistance provided as part of a housing package at one of the many Stuart facilities, seniors don’t need to worry about coordinating or paying for care separately.
⦁ Home-like setting: Many assisted living facilities offer several housing types, including apartments for independent seniors.
⦁ Maintenance-free: Assisted living facility staff handle maintenance, landscaping, and repairs so seniors don’t have to.
⦁ Social opportunities: Staying social is easy when living in a senior community with activities on-site.
Cons of Assisted Living
⦁ Cost: Assisted living costs average nearly ⦁ $4,000 a month, marking a significant increase in living costs for many seniors.
⦁ Limited medical services: Seniors who develop extensive medical needs may need to move to a ⦁ nursing home.
⦁ Loss of independence: While assisted living offers more independence than nursing homes, it’s still less than aging-in-place.
Remodeling for Aging-in-Place
Seniors in good health may choose to stay at home as they age. However, aging-in-place doesn’t mean everything stays the same. Most seniors need to make changes at home in order to age-in-place safely.
Pros of Aging-in-Place Remodeling
⦁ Familiarity: Staying at home means no need to find new a new doctor, church, or social circle. Seniors can maintain their usual routines when aging-in-place.
⦁ Affordability: As long as the home doesn’t need extensive remodeling, aging-in-place can be the most affordable option.
Cons of Aging-in-Place Remodeling
⦁ Remodeling costs: Some homes need a lot of ⦁ modifications to become safe for aging-in-place. Moving is often cheaper than completing a full remodel.
⦁ Care costs: Even if a senior is independent today, long-term care needs are likely to develop. Depending on the level of care needed, in-home care can be ⦁ more expensive than assisted living.
⦁ Inconvenience: Home remodeling is a major disruption to daily life. Seniors may need alternative living arrangements during construction.
Buying an Accessible Home
If a senior’s current home is too costly to remodel but they’d rather not move to assisted living, buying an aging-friendly home is the next option.
Pros of Buying a New Home
⦁ Safety: A home that’s free of staircases, slick flooring, and other ⦁ safety hazards reduces the risk of fall injuries.
⦁ Reduced upkeep: Downsizing from the family home to a smaller dwelling means less to clean and maintain as well as lower utility costs.
⦁ A newer home: A senior’s current home may have many aging components. Buying a newer home means fewer repairs to worry about.
Cons of Buying a New Home
⦁ Moving: Moving is tough on seniors, especially ⦁ downsizing seniors who need to get rid of most belongings.
⦁ Care costs: Moving means a safer home, but doesn’t solve personal care needs. Seniors who need daily assistance must pay for in-home help.
⦁ High home prices: Depending on the current home’s value and the local market, downsizing to a smaller home could actually ⦁ cost more.
⦁ Limited housing stock: Fully-accessible homes are hard to find. Seniors who move may need to budget for home modifications.
Ultimately, no single option is perfect for every senior. The right senior housing for you depends on your individual preferences, budget, and healthcare needs. The important thing is keeping emotions out of the decision and making a senior housing choice that maximizes your health and financial stability as you grow older.