Two senior communities upgrading to attract deaf residents

Two senior communities upgrading to attract deaf residents

Baby boomers in search of a South Florida retirement community look for certain amenities: accessible apartments, activities, on-site nurses.

But if you’re severely hearing impaired, you also may need sign language interpreters, video phones, movie captions and other deaf-friendly services.

Most retirement communities, assisted living centers or nursing homes say they can’t meet all the needs of the “signing” deaf, most of whom were born with their disability or lost their hearing before they learned to talk and are dependent on American Sign Language.

Two South Florida senior communities are hoping to change that.

The Peninsula in Hollywood and Abbey Delray in Delray Beach, both of which offer independent apartments and more advanced care, eagerly have moved in deaf seniors within the past year and hope more will come.

Find out more by clicking: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-deaf-retirement-homes-20130426,0,7626443.story