Independent living preserves a senior's independence while placing them in a community of like-minded people. It balances the many competing needs of today’s seniors by offering:
A ready-made community that doesn’t intrude on privacy.
Help when a senior needs it, without compromising independence.
An end to the frustrations and costs of home maintenance, without an end to independence.
Access to transportation, classes, meals, and other amenities just outside your door.
Retirement is probably the first time in your life that you haven’t been saddled with seemingly endless responsibilities. That doesn’t mean retirement is obligation-free. The demands of keeping your home in order, nurturing relationships with your children and grandchildren, and sustaining lasting friendships can feel like a full-time job. Independent living may offer a solution to the competing demands of the next chapter of your life. You can settle into restful bliss, schedule an active social calendar, or master new skills without the demands of tending a yard, maintaining a home, and worrying about transportation.
It's a big decision to explore senior living—congratulations for branching out! As you hover on the edge of an exciting new chapter of retirement life, think about these five aspects: care level, location, activities, dining, and evaluation. Senior living communities offer amenities to their residents that mirror those of luxury hotels. Remember, your generation is lucky enough to be offered senior living options that far exceed those of your parents.
The dizzying array of senior living options can be overwhelming. For seniors in reasonably good health, the distinction between assisted and independent living can be especially puzzling. Both options tend to emphasize independence, active living, and a sense of community. In both assisted and independent living, seniors typically have their own apartments or condos. Yet there are some key distinctions between the two models of senior living. Here’s what you need to know—and how to choose.
The holiday season is upon us, which means many of us will be piling into cars or boarding airplanes to head home in celebration. If your holiday schedule lets you stop by to spend time with your senior loved one, you have an opportunity to not only catch up and spread some love, but also to evaluate their health and living situation. Whether you live near your senior loved one or many states away, these are a few signs that your loved one may not be thriving in the current living situation.
Your aging parents might not be able to do everything they once did, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for them to give up on mastering new skills. Physical and mental activity can improve your parents’ health and quality of life, help them live longer, and make sure they always have something interesting to do.
Seniors today are fortunate to have a variety of senior living options that far exceed the choices of generations before. However, along with these increased options come more decisions to make. How do you know if you are more likely to thrive in an assisted living community versus an independent living community? With just a bit of help from your doctor and some self-awareness, you can make sure that you are choosing the best level of care for your situation.
Assisted living versus memory care. This is not really a debate or a competition, but rather, two levels of senior living that many people do not understand the differences between. As a result, the two terms are often incorrectly interchanged. This is unfortunate, because seniors who require care in a senior living community need amenities, assistance, and a philosophy that corresponds to their situations. And amid the assisted living versus memory care “debate,” they often don’t receive what they truly need.
Thanksgiving is on the horizon, which means you are busy planning your menu and shopping for ingredients. This year, be sure to add a bit of extra forethought into how you will adapt your family Thanksgiving experience to best include your aging loved one. With just a few additional preparations, you can be sure that your loved one will have a great time, will be safe, and will enjoy him- or herself. Here are a few of our favorite tips for making this Thanksgiving successful for your whole family.