8 Reasons to Reconsider Delaying Your Move
Many seniors wait to move into a senior living community until they need assistance or supportive services. However, a senior living community is a great choice for healthy, vibrant seniors too!
The truth is, most retirees find relocating to a senior community, before needing assistance, is one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. There are many reasons to make the move.
Here are the top 8 reasons to choose a senior community:
1. Make the Move…Once
This is a key benefit for many seniors that make the move to a senior living community even if their age or health isn’t in question. Many senior communities have assisted living and memory care living options as part of the overall community. This means, if you need a higher level of care, you won’t have to leave the community and home you love. You’ll be able to stay with your friends and staff that you’ve come to know.
2. Enjoy Maintenance-Free Living
Senior living communities are like a hotel, but better! Many offer services like housekeeping, laundry and on-site maintenance. You’ll never have to worry about folding fitted sheets or changing the furnace filter again.
Love the look of a well-manicured lawn, but hate doing the work it takes to keep it that way? Join the club. Many senior living communities have beautifully- landscaped grounds which include walking paths and tranquil gardens. No need to worry about shoveling snow, raking leaves or watering the lawn ever again.
3. Access to Exciting Activities, Services and Events
Senior living communities often create a calendar of diverse activities and events, including a variety of cultural, social, recreational and spiritual programming– perks that you wouldn’t receive living at home!
You’ll enjoy musical performances, fitness classes, education opportunities, live entertainment, beauty/barber salon, chapel, game rooms and more.
4. Peace of Mind
When you move into a senior living community, you’ll have a sense of security. A fall can have serious consequences for a senior, as can safety when living alone. At a senior living community, there are always people around to help if needed.
In addition, senior living communities often include the following to ensure safety:
- Lighted parking lots and sidewalks
- Well-lit common areas
- Working fire alarms and smoke detectors
- Emergency evacuation maps posted
- Clearly marked exit doors
5. Active Social Life
If you live alone, you may understand how isolating it can be. After moving to a senior living community, many retirees discover new interests, take up old ones or develop friendships with neighbors. Scheduled outings, live entertainment and other social gatherings can be a mood booster for seniors suffering from loneliness.
6. 24/7 Access to Care
For many seniors and their families, the thought of an accident, no matter how minor, is cause for concern. While not all seniors require assistance, wouldn’t it be good to know you have access to a team of health care providers should you need them? Progressive care, a concept that allows a person to remain in his or her current environment, despite the physical and/or mental changes that may occur during the aging process, is one that has been adopted by many senior living communities, providing the peace of mind that seniors and their families need.
7. Restaurant-Style Dining Everyday
Meals in senior living communities are created specially to benefit senior health. With healthful meals prepared by an in-house culinary team, residents enjoy delicious meals with friends in a restaurant atmosphere.
8. Chauffeured Transportation
Even active seniors sometimes find themselves stuck at home when reliable transportation is unavailable. However, most senior living communities provide transportation, free of charge. Whether going on an outing with friends and neighbors, picking up a few items from the grocery store, or seeing your physician for a follow up visit, transportation personnel can assist you.