Author's Note: This post was prepared for Stellar Living by Markentum.
How do you decide whether you should continue living at home, or transition into a senior living community? This is a significant decision and not one you should take lightly. There are many reasons it’s better to enter senior living sooner, rather than later. Moving into a retirement community now will provide you with greater freedom and independence. You’ll also have more time to spend on the things that you love most, and opportunities that may not be possible when you live on your own.
Here are a few important benefits for older adults considering a move into a senior living community.
Fewer Responsibilities = Greater Freedom
Choosing to live in a senior living community is not simply a change of location. It is the opportunity to enjoy greater freedom in life. When you live in a private residence, you have many responsibilities. These include housekeeping, maintenance of the yard, paying the bills, handling any ongoing repairs, and much more. If you are not taking care of these chores by yourself, you’ll have to find and hire professionals each time. This is a time-consuming process! House cleaning alone can take hours out of every week.
In a retirement community, these chores are handled for you by a dedicated and professional staff. You will no longer need to worry about maintenance or housekeeping! In most communities, laundry services and meals are also provided. This does not mean that you are required to use these services, but it gives you the freedom of choice. If you prefer to cook meals on your own, you can do that in the comfort of your living space. For days when you want to dine with friends or simply take a day off from cooking, you can always find a great meal in your community dining room.
Most importantly, moving into a senior living community gives you the gift of time. You will have extra hours in the day to spend with family and friends, learn new skills, enjoy your hobbies, bask in the beauty of the outdoors, or simply relax. Life in a retirement community offers freedom at its finest.
Choosing Now = Deciding on Your Terms
Some older adults let external circumstances impact their decision. For example, they think they should wait until they need support with daily tasks. However, by deciding to move sooner rather than later, you give yourself the autonomy and independence to choose when you move, which community you choose, and take the steps you need to take to ensure the move is successful.
Deciding to move into a senior living community requires a series of other decisions. For example, whether to sell your home, the best way to downsize your belongings before the move, and whether you want to take the opportunity to relocate to a community closer to family and friends.
All these decisions are up to you when you proactively decide about your retirement.
Senior Living = An Environment Designed for You
One of the greatest benefits of moving into a retirement community is that you gain access to a community that has been designed specifically for you. Great senior living communities have the experience and insight to understand the needs and desires of older adults, making them uniquely qualified to serve you.
A senior living community offers a way of life that aligns with your values and preferences. Senior living communities offer a robust social calendar full of exciting events, classes to help you learn new skills or pursue your passion, and delicious, healthy meals served each day. They provide everything you need to enjoy your retirement years!
Senior living programs and activities are geared toward older adults – while also being modified to welcome all skill levels and abilities. Because you will be living in a community of peers, it is also easier to foster new relationships and friendships. This will lower your risk of feeling depressed and isolated.
There are many why it’s better to enter senior living sooner rather than later. But most of all, choosing to move into senior living should always be about what is best for you.
If you would like to learn more about senior living topics and find a community near you, we invite you to visit www.stellarliving.com today.
This post was prepared for Stellar Living by Markentum.