Those who haven’t visited a senior community may have misconceptions about what it’s like. However, senior living communities have undergone substantial changes in the past few years, and we’re excited to tell you all about them. Today’s senior communities feel more luxurious, like a high-end home or hotel, and they’ve lost the institutional feel of years gone by. Here, you’ll learn why residents prefer living in a senior community to living alone.
No More Driving-Related Stress
As a person ages, their vision, reaction time, and cognitive ability may decline, making driving more stressful than it once was. For such reasons, many residents prefer to take advantage of the no-cost transportation services provided in these communities. With these services, there’s no need for residents to rely on their vehicles any longer, although there’s parking for those who still want to drive.
Unfortunately, many seniors who still live at home don’t get the nourishment they need. However, in a senior community, a resident doesn’t have to worry about shopping, meal preparation, and cleanup. Rather, they can enjoy unique fine dining throughout the week. It’s quite common for a new resident, who may have been eating poorly before moving in, to experience improvements in overall well-being and health simply from eating three balanced meals per day. The food is tasty, there are typically alternative meal options, and most residents’ dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Residents Feel More Like Themselves
When seniors live alone, they may not be able to take part in games and activities that they once enjoyed. However, in a senior community, there are numerous opportunities for residents to stay sharp and remain engaged. There’s everything from poker, chess, and bridge games to book clubs and lectures on every topic imaginable. We like to see seniors staying happy and social, and senior living communities give them plenty of opportunities to do it.
Staying and Feeling Safe
Residents of senior communities can rest easier knowing that they’re safe and protected. Every resident can enjoy the reassurance that comes from an in-house emergency response system. These systems alleviate residents’ fears of falling and being trapped, which is common among those who live alone. While many seniors successfully live alone, others live in unhealthy and unsafe situations. For these people, life in a senior community is an enormous benefit.
Better Relationships with Family Members
Older people sometimes become dependent on their adult children and other relatives for all sorts of help. It’s quite the role reversal, and it can foster unhealthy feelings of resentment on both sides. When an elderly person moves into a senior community, his or her relatives are liberated from their roles as caregivers and can spend more quality time with their loved one. The older resident is then free to relish in their role as the family patriarch or matriarch, and they’re often pleased that their children no longer take on a parental role.
Making New Friends
An older adult living alone may become isolated, which is very unhealthy regardless of age. In a senior community, though, residents can make new friends and share meals with one another. Conversely, the more introverted among us may want to retain their privacy, but they’ll surely appreciate having other people around.
No-Stress Yard Work and Home Maintenance
It’s hard to keep up a home, especially for someone with physical or mental impairments. Pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and sweeping are all time-consuming chores, but in senior communities, they’re a thing of the past. When an elderly resident moves in, they get the benefit of a stress-free, maintenance-free living environment.
When a person moves into a senior living center, there’s no need to be bored, as there’s an activity for everyone, either in the community or on-site. Daily and weekly entertainment options may range from visiting performers to day trips to local parks and museums. When there’s this much to do, it’s nearly impossible to be bored!
A Focus on Having Fun and Retaining Independence
While senior communities are a wonderful place for adults to receive the customized care they need, all assistance is offered with a focus on fun and independence. With our help, residents will be able to do what they can, when they can. We’re always here to help, whether it’s by offering assistance or joining a resident for a meal or an evening walk.
More Free Time
As mentioned above, there’s no housework or yard work to worry about when living in a senior community. It’s truly hassle-free living; residents no longer have to worry about cleaning, cooking, and laundry. It’s our pleasure to serve our residents and give them the free time to plan a trip, find a hobby, or catch up on their reading. Call today for more details.
Investing in the Future
Moving into a senior community is a lifestyle choice that encourages healthy living and opens numerous options should a senior’s needs change with time. Every resident will have a custom, individualized care plan that’s regularly evaluated by medical experts, ensuring that any health changes are noticed. With continual monitoring, seniors get early diagnoses and more effective treatment options.
All the above benefits combine to create the most important advantage: peace of mind. A resident’s family and friends can rest easy in the knowledge that their relative is being properly cared for in a welcoming environment. Seniors can rest easier as well, knowing that they have an extended family that’s helping them make the most of each day.
It’s never an easy decision to move into a senior community, but in many cases, it’s the right choice. With such a move, an elderly resident can enjoy a healthier, happier, and more carefree life. If a senior or their family is interested in learning about senior living choices in the area, our trained advisors can help them find and consider appropriate options. Visit our website for more details or call today to schedule a consultation.