What Are My Options for Senior Living in Morris County, NJ?

Morris County, NJ, is a great place to retire. As a suburb of New York, it offers ready access to the big city, but without all the traffic that comes with living there. The county has prioritized the needs of its growing senior population, and offers a wide range of services, including excellent senior centers, support for remaining in your home, and help finding a wide range of jobs.

Owning your own home can be stressful, and living with family members can be exhausting. For many seniors, senior living offers cost savings, a break from stress, and a chance to do something new every day—all while making new friends and staying physically and intellectually active. A number of senior living options in Morris County, NJ, can help you make the most of your retirement.

Independent Living

Independent living is community-based living for seniors who want to have access to more activities, more amenities, and more opportunities to meet new people. Independent living communities offer seniors support when they need it, and some contract with home health agencies to help seniors remain independent for longer. The primary goal of independent living, however, is to offer engaged and luxurious communities for seniors who want high-energy retirements without all the planning and stress of homeownership.

Independent living might be right for you if:

  • Homeownership is proving increasingly stressful.
  • You live alone, and worry about what would happen to you in an emergency.
  • You feel bored or isolated. You want more out of your retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted living offers similar amenities to those found in independent living. Indeed, many independent living communities also offer assisted living. In assisted living, seniors get support with activities of daily living, such as grooming, meal preparation, and getting dressed. This help can support seniors’ efforts to remain independent and healthy for longer than they would otherwise.

Assisted living might be right for you if:

  • You no longer feel comfortable living alone.
  • You have a chronic or progressive medical condition.
  • You need help with certain daily routines, but still want to lead an independent and engaged existence.

Memory Care

Memory care is designed for the complex needs of seniors living with cognitive and memory impairments. Dementia care offers a safe environment, plenty of dementia-appropriate activities, and caring staff who know how to draw people with dementia out of their shells. Memory care also includes services that can improve health and well-being in people with dementia, including gourmet meals, caregiver support, and regular exercise.

Memory care might be a great choice if:

  • You have moderate to severe dementia.
  • You struggle with daily activities such as feeding or grooming.
  • You have severe memory issues, often feel confused, or cannot safely live alone.

Aging in Place/Continuum of Care

Many seniors will need a variety of care levels as they age. It’s impossible to predict the future, so even if you are healthy now, a chronic condition or cognitive disability could lurk on the horizon. Communities that offer a continuum of care offer consistency and the chance to age in place.

Skilled Nursing Care

Nursing homes, sometimes called skilled nursing care, cater to people with complex medical needs. For example, a person recovering from a recent fall might need skilled nursing care. This level of care is often temporary, with a person returning to another community or going back home after they have recovered.

Many people confuse nursing homes with other types of care, including assisted living, but a nursing home is quite different. In skilled nursing care, the primary focus is your immediate health. Senior living, by contrast, also focuses on your social, intellectual, and emotional growth and well-being.

The Arbor Company offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care within warm and welcoming communities. We believe that your senior years can be your best, especially with the right help. We’d love to help you explore your options for a rewarding retirement in Morris County, NJ. Give us a call to learn more.

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Mary Beth Kane

About the Author: Mary Beth Kane

Mary Beth began her career as a therapeutic recreation specialist developing award winning activity-based programs for people living with dementia and their care partners. Since 2004, she has worked in assisted living communities where she strengthened ties within the professional community and helped families find the right senior living communities for their loved one. Mary Beth has been a care partner for both her parents and brings the joys and challenges of these years to her work on a daily basis.

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