Most people don’t think about senior living until they need to or until it’s relevant to them and their family. Because of this, there are many misconceptions surrounding the senior living industry and the types of care available. For example, when most people think of senior living, they think “nursing home” or (the more ageist idea) “old folk’s home.”
While palliative care is becoming an increasingly sought out care option, many people may still not know what these services are or what they provide. Often confused with hospice care, palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, discomfort, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness.
Are you a Baby Boomer? Do you not have any children? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then prepare yourself… you are a Solo Senior! Even if you have a spouse or have family take care of you, seniors who chose to live a child-free life are all considered Solo Seniors, “Solo Agers,” or “Adult Orphans.” Here at HarborChase, we prefer the term Solo Senior. There is nothing wrong with leading this lifestyle, but the question does arise, what if you need living assistance, such as skilled nursing?