Are You Ready for the Big Move?
Contemplating a move to a senior living community can seem difficult or, at times, overwhelming. Despite the benefits and appealing lifestyle of senior living, you or your loved one might still be asking the question, “Am I ready?”
The truth is, most retirees find relocating to a senior community is one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.
Today’s communities offer beautifully-designed apartments with spacious floor plans, resort-style accommodations and a number of social activities. The safety and security of a senior living community can also provide peace of mind.
Whether you’re active and independent, or need some assistance with daily tasks, here are a few questions to help determine if you or your loved one are ready for the move:
- Do you feel like your home is too much work and your yard isn’t as neat as it could be?
- Would you rather have chauffeured transportation?
- Would you enjoy attending more social events and outings?
- Does going to the grocery store feel too stressful?
- Are you not eating as much as you used too? Does cooking feel like to much of a task and do you have expired food in the house?
- Is your laundry piling up?
- Is it hard to keep up with bills and opening mail in a timely manner?
- Is managing your medications too taxing?
- Do you worry about falling or injuring yourself in your home?
- Has dressing and bathing become increasingly difficult?
If you’ve agreed with any of these statements, or you’ve made the decision that you’re ready, you may question the next steps. Do your research! Visit local senior communities, talk with residents, enjoy a meal or attend events.
What are some of the benefits of senior living at American House?
You can sell the lawn mower: 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 – we’ve got that covered.
Transportation issues are a thing of the past: 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 are there to help.
Like a hotel – only better: Too much house and not enough help? Many senior living communities offer services like light housekeeping, laundry and maintenance. You’ll never have to worry about folding fitted sheets or changing the furnace filter again.
Restaurant-style dining – every day: No need to plan your meals or take weekly trips to the grocery store. Enjoy a healthy, delicious meals, prepared by our community’s chef, every day of the week. Bonus: You’ll never have to eat alone.
There’s never a dull moment: 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 hobbies or develop friendships with new neighbors. Scheduled outings, live entertainment, fitness classes, happy hours and other social gatherings can be a mood booster for seniors suffering from loneliness.
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 living 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. It provides peace of mind that seniors and their families need.
Senior living has changed drastically over the years; maybe it’s time you contemplated making an American House community your new home. Come see why so many seniors call American House home. Give us a call and schedule a tour today!
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