Making the choice to move into a senior living community is a big decision to make. You want to make sure if it is the right one for you and the rest of your family. As you get older maintaining your home and your lifestyle becomes more challenging. Senior living offers a positive way to manage these challenges and live more independently. Here are some key things to consider:
Social Life- If you live at home you are isolated from family & friends. There are also fewer opportunities to participate in activities with others. If you move into a senior living community you can enjoy your neighbors around you while engaging in social, cultural, and educational events daily.
Transportation- If you live at home, you may rely on others for your transportation needs. If you move into a senior living community, there are scheduled bus and van services always available for local appointments and errands.
Dining- If you live at home you may eat alone. You may also eat a lot of prepackaged meals and have difficulty following dietary guidelines. If you move into a senior living community you are able to dine with neighbors, you have table service, and plenty of meals options to choose from that are prepared fresh daily.
Housekeeping- At home you are responsible for your own laundry and maintenance. If you move into a senior living community, you will have laundry, linen, and maintenance service that are provided by professional staff.
Emergency Assistance- While at home emergencies may arise which can cause anxiety because it is unknown if you will be able to get the help you need. When moving into a senior living community, there are staff here to help 24-hours a day, as well as an emergency alert system such as a pendant & pull cord.
Exercise/physical activity- If you live at home you may be getting little to no exercise. When you choose to move into a senior living community, there are daily exercise & fitness opportunities to increase strength, balance, flexibility, and overall wellness.
Independence- At home you may have greater independence on others and you may feel like a bother to them. If you move into a senior living community, staff are always here to help if needed which leads to greater independence.
If you are considering a move to a senior living community, please remember these key points. Accessing a senior living community sooner rather than later can really expand your quality of life. Remember you are not in this alone and can always reach out to a senior living community to learn more.
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Article written by Michelle Milcoff, Community Relations Director, The Views Senior Living of Marion