Housing for Seniors

Parent Q&A

Searching and Evaluating Independent Living Options Feb 26, 2019 (4 responses below)
Resources to help Senior find supportive housing Sep 25, 2018 (1 responses below)
  • My mother is in good physical and mental shape but is considering a move to an independent living situation.  We toured a pretty nice place in San Leandro on our own and want to check out some others.  I stumbled onto a website called Seniorly that acts as a way to help search/evaluate various options.  Has anyone used this or perhaps other similar services and can you provide any feedback?  Thanks!

    Hello, how exciting your Mom is taking such proactive options and looking to surround herself with support. I am a home health nurse and wanted to mention Phoenix Commons, I have been so impressed with this wonderful co-housing part of AEC living

    http://www.phoenixcommons.com/

    Might be worth a visit and looking into senior co-housing as you mentioned your mom is in good health and I have found the community, amenities, and support to be really inspiring.

    Best of luck to your family!

    We've used Care Quest to find a place for my dad and now for my in-laws. Helen is wonderful, no pressure. And very knowledgeable about available resources. Good luck!

    What you're looking for is a senior placement agency. The way those work is that a placement advisor--kind of like a realtor--talks to you about what you're looking for and then brings you to see about three places that meet your criteria and are within your budget. You don't need to pay them--they're given a fee by the community if you move in there. Services like Seniorly and A Place For Mom will deliver a list of communities to you, AND are paid if you decide to move in there...even if you did all the legwork yourself OR if you come in there with a senior placement agency! They don't have a very good reputation amongst the senior services community. (It looks like both Yelp and Google aren't too good at identifying senior placement agencies, but if you Google "Senior placement agency Berkeley" the first result is a woman I actually know and trust...and who I won't name here because I haven't used her services directly.)

  • I've got an ethical, legal and moral problem.  My parents hosted a renter on a "temporary" basis, and that situation persisted for 19 years.
    It's no longer working out, but as everyone knows, housing is tight and all the agencies offering subsidized housing are oversubscribed.
    Where can a 78 year old bookish gentleman who loves conversations find a room or share?  We've tried all the agencies, but his social security income is just $500/month.  Is anyone looking for a limited live in helper, able to drive, but still definitely a Senior Citizen?

    There is a place in Cotati (Sonoma County) that can get him on a waiting list. My mom got in (after years on the wait list...) and LOVES it there. Little 1-br cottages, some shared community space... Sweet area! Subsidized housing. 

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Types of Senior Housing - Advice & Reviews
  • Apartments & Retirement Communities Private, independent living in a senior complex of houses or apartments; may include assisted living option; may be rent or life care buy-in

  • Assisted Living Rooms or small apartments in a larger complex; provides meals and housekeeping, help with bathing, dressing, but residents don't require medical assistance

  • Board and Care A single-family house usually for 6 people; 24-hour attendant; more economical than assisted living but provides similar services

  • In-Home Support for Elders In-home help with dressing, personal care, shopping, errands

  • Skilled Nursing Facility 24-hour medical care available, including short-term rehabilitation (physical therapy) as well as long-term care for people with chronic ailments or disabilities
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