Tour helps seniors find best fit

Local facilities present options at ‘parade’

— Transitioning from a residential to a senior home can be a strenuous and scary process, but one local company is trying to make that switch a little smoother.

The Capital Region branch of Choice Connections, a free senior housing advisory service, is putting on their second Senior Parade of Homes this September right in Colonie. The full-day “parade” will take a busload of seniors to explore some of the area’s independent and assisted living senior communities.

“The idea here is that a lot of seniors are already in independent living and would like to see what the next level is,” Choice Connections Senior Housing Specialist Melonie Pratt said.

Seniors have several options when looking for their next place to move. Independent living is similar to regular residential homes, where seniors can rent apartments that surrounded by a full senior community. Assisted living provides care to seniors, including three meals a day and a staff to provide any assistance. Some communities even have a mix of the two, providing mostly independent living with help if necessary.

“A lot of seniors don’t want to move until they absolutely have to,” Pratt said. “It’s a great opportunity to see which home in the area feels good to them.”

So far, the tour will pick up seniors at the Belltrone Living Center in Colonie and venture to the Loudonville Home for Adults on Albany Shaker Road in Loudonville; Atria Shaker on Northern Boulevard in Albany; Diamond Ridge Independent Senior Living Community on Harris Road in Troy; and Mill View Assisted Living Residence on Old Loudon Road in Cohoes. Pratt said a couple more stops may be added to the itinerary as well.

Each stop will allow the communities to explain how they differ from others and what makes them unique, hoping to help find the right fit for each senior. For example, Diamond Ridge Independent Senior Living Community is an independent senior living community with all inclusive meals, housekeeping, transportation and outside activities.

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