Posted: December 10, 2020
A common question we get at Heritage Crossing is ‘can couples live together in assisted living?’. Senior living options for couples are expanding to meet the needs of older adults who are living longer than ever before. It’s common for couples to stay married for 50 or 60 years, and the thought of being separated when one of them needs assisted living or memory care is unimaginable. For seniors living in Akron, Ohio, Heritage Crossing provides an affordable solution for couples with different care needs who wish to continue to live together.
Couples do not always age at the same pace, and it is common for one spouse to become the primary caregiver for the other. If a spouse is living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, this can be particularly challenging for the caregiver and lead to depression or burnout. When one spouse struggles with the tasks of daily living and requires constant assistance from their partner, it can be a strain on the relationship. The transition to a senior living community may be the best option. However, it is important to consider how a separation would affect them physically and mentally.
Research from the National Institute of Health indicates married people have lower rates of mortality and report better physical and mental health at older ages. While there are prolonged health benefits from staying together, quite often additional support is required to make sure both partners remain healthy and happy. Read more on knowing when it’s time to consider memory care for your loved one here.
Making the move to a senior living community is a major life change, but there are many advantages to living in a community even in these challenging times. In a community, residents have immediate access to trained medical professionals. They are monitored on a daily basis and when illness occurs, it can be quickly treated. Living in a community can be a far less lonely time for residents than it is for other seniors—especially those who live alone. Read more about how residents feel about living at Heritage Crossing during COVID-19.
At Heritage Crossing, we design programs to keep residents active, healthy, and vibrant. We take the time to learn the interests of residents and get to know each resident on a personal level. Our Rhythms Dementia program offers a holistic approach to memory care, focused on the strengths and capabilities of each resident. And our Assisted Living programs encourage residents to be more active and become invested in our warm and friendly community. Because Heritage Crossing offers a continuum of care, with both assisted living and memory care services, if needs change in the future, you do not have to worry about finding another community for yourself or your partner. Additionally, this offers senior living options for couples no matter how much you and your loved one’s care needs may differ.
Once the decision to move to a senior living community has been made, you will want to research communities that cater to couples that wish to stay together. While many senior living communities allow couples to live together, every community has different options and regulations. Costs for couples who wish to transition to senior living together vary greatly. If only one spouse needs care, most communities charge a second person fee, which can be between $750-$1500 per month depending on the location.
To address the needs of many of today’s senior couples, Heritage Crossing is waiving the second person fee for any apartment, providing an affordable option so couples can live together in assisted living. This pricing feature is unique to senior living communities in the Akron area. The spouse, not needing care, has access to all programs, amenities, and dining without charge. Check out our pricing page for more information.
With a variety of floor plans to choose from, a couple can choose any size apartment that meets state and local requirements for square footage. Contact us with any questions or to schedule a tour today.