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.
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.
An overwhelming majority of seniors say they want to remain independent as long as possible. But for many, remaining at home is actually a barrier to independence. A house can become a financial burden, a source of endless work, and even a barrier to socialization and learning—particularly if you no longer drive, or prefer not to drive at night.
Many people approach senior living with moderate expectations. A living space they can feel a little bit of comfort in. Edible meals. Some gardens and a chance to get outside. Enough activity so as not to be bored.
This is your retirement—why settle for moderate expectations? You deserve luxury. You deserve fun and fulfillment. You deserve five-star senior living!
But what exactly does this top tier of senior living communities offer its residents? Plenty. Here is just a sampling of five-star amenities that will enhance your retirement:
Seniors who are active and engaged enjoy better physical and mental health and experience less cognitive decline than those who are less connected, research shows. That’s just one way senior living activities help rein in senior care costs while making life more enjoyable for seniors.
Have you started daydreaming about a change in your living situation? Perhaps you have noticed neighbors or friends who have moved into senior living communities, or maybe you are struggling with loneliness, medical issues, or household chores. If you’ve picked up a brochure from a local senior care community or visited a friend who lives in one, you may be wondering when to move to assisted living. While the decision to move to an assisted living community is a very personal one based on your own unique situation, there are a few signs that could point to your readiness for a positive change in your life.
If figuring out how to pay for senior living has kept you up at night, you’re not alone. Questions about the cost and affordability of senior living are usually among the first ones that seniors and their loved ones ask.
Moving into a senior living community is an exciting time, full of address changes and packing. Your move can also be stressful or even scary. Change and transition can certainly be difficult; while time and grace are usually the best prescription for new routines, you can also find comfort in your new home by making some new friends.