Many adults in their retirement years have considered living at a retirement community. This thought may cross your mind for many reasons: the burden of housework has become more than just a casual annoyance, the winter driving starts to feel more hazardous, the neighborhood doesn’t feel as safe as it once did, a health scare or fall has made you a little less confident – the list could go on.
More often than not, seniors living in retirement communities prefer their new home over living with the burdens of their former house, and enjoy the worry-free lifestyle that comes along with it. If you’re considering a retirement community, or if you know someone who is, the following benefits may help you or your loved one make a decision:
New Friendships – The lack of social interaction when living alone can make someone feel isolated. When living at a retirement community, the opportunities to interact with others are endless, and very often, those interactions turn into lasting friendships. Also, residents living in a retirement community often have more in common since they are closer in age, which helps them to identify with each other more easily.
No Home Maintenance – Imagine having freedom from worrying about the maintenance of your home – from yard work and shoveling snow to keeping up with your appliances and home repairs. Being free of this stress is possible when you live at a retirement community, and can be one of the main reasons people love their new living arrangement. Not only does it take the burden off of your shoulders, but it also makes it easier to travel as you don’t need to make arrangements for others to care for your home when you’re away.
Safety – When you’re living at a retirement community, accessibility is easier and you have peace of mind knowing that assistance is there if you need it. Also, many seniors that live alone worry about thieves and people taking advantage of them, but the emergency response systems and security in place at retirement communities can help put your mind at ease.
Nutrition – Many seniors that move into a retirement community experience improvements in their health due to nutrition. It can be difficult for seniors who live alone to get to the grocery store and regularly prepare balanced meals when cooking for one or two. Retirement communities like Concordia provide chef-prepared meals and can also make arrangements for special diet requests.
Eliminate Boredom – One of the common complaints of those living alone is how difficult it can be to find ways to occupy their time. Retirement communities offer a variety of activities and entertainment for their residents so that boredom is rarely an issue. By taking part in these activities, residents can meet new people, learn new things and take on new hobbies they never thought they would.
Some seniors are happy to live in their house for as long as possible, while others enjoy having freedom from housework and welcome the countless opportunities to socialize with others in a retirement community. Which category do you fit in? We welcome you to comment below and share your thoughts.
If the benefits of living at a retirement community appeal to you or if they seem like a perfect fit for a loved one, feel free to visit the Retirement Living page of our website for more information, or feel free to contact us any time via our online contact form or by calling our administrative headquarters at 724-352-1571. You can also visit the care levels & services page of our website to learn about the other types of care we offer, including In-Home Care, Memory Care, Long-Term Nursing Care, Adult Day Services, Hospice Care and more.
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