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We were surprised to learn that Beverly Hills has
such a high percentage of senior residents in relation to it's population.
19% of people living in Beverly Hills are over the age of 65 - one
of the highest percentages that we have seen!
This was unexpected - since we all know that Beverly
Hills is famous for things other than aging and retirement.
The City of Beverly Hills has a robust seniors program - with numerous
services to help any senior in Beverly Hills - whether you are living
independently, or in an Assisted Living Facility or other care environment.
One great example is the The Beverly Hills Active Adult Club - which
is a "lively" club for any resident of Beverly Hills over
55. The BHAAC offers educational, cultural and social activities
for seniors. To find out more about the BHAAC - and other senior
services in Beverly Hills, please visit the City of Beverly Hills
We recently addressed the question of what is elegant
assisted living. In many ways, 'elegance' can be relative -
based on where you live, and how many assisted living options are
available - and what they offer. Elegant assisted living somewhere
in the midwest may be entirely different from what an elegant senior
care facility in Beverly Hills may have to offer.
Assisted living, as an industry, seems to be evolving too. Unlike
the days of the more institutional-looking and no-frills nursing
home setting, many assisted living homes and facilities are adopting
more of a resort-style atmosphere. Moreso, families are looking
for places that not only provide care for their loved-ones, or themselves
- but a facility that offers more of a lifestyle. We are seeing
more and more facilities that offer amenities that can be considered
above and beyond the norm - amenities like a full-time concierge
to help the residents coordinate their outings into the city, or
to help them set up appointments for massage, medical appointments,
or even lunch with friends.
We have seen facilities at times that not only have a swimming
pool, but rather an olympic-sized pool with adjoining spa, with
waitstaff brining residents food and drinks poolside.
Exercise is encouraged, as much as possible, at most assisted living
facilities, as most of them offer some sort of standard exercise
program for the residents living there. Exercises programs may only
consist of having the participating residents form a circle around
the class instructor to do yoga in place, with no frills or expensive
On the other hand, with the more high-end and elegant facilities,
you'll likely see full-sized workout studios, with expensive and
high-tech equipment, with separate rooms for the different types
of classes that may be offered.
These are a few examples of amenities that may see a wide range
of sophistication and expense in an assisted living environment.
Almost every aspect of a facility could potentially be made 'elegant'
- the food, the transportation, the furnishings, the exterior landscaping
and flowers, and more. Naturally, one can expect with the higher
level of services and amenities, the cost will go up accordingly.
We've seen some facilities exceed the $7000 per month mark...and
beyond. It all comes down to personal preference, and what you can
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