A big decision is choosing the best place to live during retirement. There are many seniors who believe a retirement community is where they need to be. If you’re considering a retirement community, here are some of the top reasons they can be appealing.
Find out the 6 reasons why seniors prefer life in senior living!
Most seniors who have moved to assisted living or independent living communities report that they prefer life at their new home to living alone.
Here are some common reasons why:
1. Distant Worries
Home ownership is not only expensive, but it also comes with its fair share of headaches. Senior residents never have to think about maintaining the yard or mowing their lawn in the burning summer sun or in the fall raking big piles of leaves or fighting the winter snow and ice in the driveway.
Many seniors often struggle with simple issues of home maintenance, such as fixing the stove, unblocking a drain or redoing the roof. Senior communities save you the stress and means your budget won’t get an unwelcome hit because your furnace isn’t working. If something isn’t working properly in an assisted living community, it is handled and managed by the maintenance staff.
2. Mobility Made Easier
Another nice thing about living in a community is the services offered. Many provide programs such as fitness classes and adult education for residents. Also, most have on-site emergency and personal care services. You can find that with so many opportunities close to home, you can free yourself from the need to own a car – especially if you choose a retirement community that provides transportation.
Assisted living communities offer transportation services designed to shuttle your loved one everywhere from local shopping centers to community events, with door-to-door service. Transportation can also be arranged for medical appointments. If your aging loved one is worried about mobility, the availability of on-site transportation may help make the move a bit more appealing.
3. Become a social butterfly
While many older adults are afraid of losing touch with friends and loved ones by giving up their homes, the opposite often happens following the move to assisted living. Senior living communities offer the chance for building new relationships every day – with staff, fellow residents, and even volunteers! The physical, mental, and emotional advantages of remaining socially active in your senior years are immense. Socially active seniors continue to live longer and enjoy better immune systems.
It’s easy to find people who share your values within a retirement community. You will have a built-in community and plenty of chances for interaction. Community centers provide courses or concerts providing an opportunity to interact with your neighbors.
4. Seniors are safe and secure
One of the most important issues with aging alone at home is safety. Older adults who live alone in their homes are vulnerable to a number of hazards and threats – from serious falls and medication mishaps to burglaries. Assisted living communities are designed to provide secure and comfortable environments for seniors.
Retirement communities are mostly gated and many hire security personnel. If you’re traveling, whether it’s visiting the kids for a weekend, or for a longer holiday, you’ll know your home is safe while you’re gone. Even if you just want to enjoy an evening walk around the block, you can do that without any fear.
5. Easier Future Transition
Many seniors choose to move to a retirement community even if they’re still in good health. Just because you’re relatively young doesn’t mean that you can’t consider an assisted living facility.
When you undergo a change in health and need a higher standard of treatment, you’re not going to have to abandon the culture that you’ve come to know. You’re going to be able to live with the friends you’ve made and the workers you’ve come to know
6. It Might Be More Affordable Than You Think
Senior living communities aren’t inexpensive, but when you consider what is included in the price you pay you may find that it’s not as costly as you thought. Most retirement communities charge a monthly fee that covers the majority of your expenses. That means you won’t have separate bills for your cable, internet, electricity, heat, and property taxes. And when you consider the money you could save on transportation and entertainment it’s even more cost-effective.
Entrust of DeSoto: A Resident-centric Memory Care Community in Dallas, Texas
Entrust of DeSoto is a memory care community that puts resident well-being at the center of everything we do. We know that each person is unique. That’s why we offer a wide range of services and lifestyle options to nourish the body and create community.
We understand the importance of home cooked meals and nutrition for seniors and this attitude is reflected in our dining experience. If you or a loved one live near Dallas, Texas and need assisted living, contact Entrust of DeSoto today to learn about our 24-hour care and find out how we can help.