Today’s seniors are living longer and more active lives than ever before, but at some point, they may want a less stressful living environment with caregiving help nearby. Making the transition from a single-family home to a senior living residence or retirement living community is a big choice for you or your loved one.
Retirement living communities are suited for seniors who can manage their own health care needs (or with some assistance from family) in a comfortable, residential setting such as a villa, townhouse, condo or apartment. Each community setting is different and offers unique benefits to its residents.
Here are some common features that make retirement living communities so appealing:
1) A safe place to grow. Retirement living communities have trained staff and security features such as secure buildings, intercom systems and emergency alarms that put you or your loved one at ease. This sense of security, coupled with opportunities to safely explore personal interests and social activities, helps seniors feel comfortable and live more fulfilled lives. It’s not unheard of for a new resident to rediscover interests and hobbies.
2) A sense of belonging and community. Seniors, like anyone else, benefit from being in a home-like environment and part of a community that fosters a sense of belonging and purpose. With other residents who are in similar stages of life, making new friends has an impact on maintaining independence and an active lifestyle. Social activity in a comfortable environment brings a sense of belonging to seniors.
3) A renewed focus on independence with fewer worries. We all want to remain as independent as we can for as long as possible. A move to a retirement community is an opportunity for many seniors to be free from day-to-day obligations, which may include home ownership, home maintenance, utilities, meal preparation, and housekeeping. With fewer worries, seniors can take advantage of important amenities, which may include transportation, laundry service, clubhouses, gyms, group meals and a variety of social activities.
4) Proximity and access to important care options. Retirement communities can stand out from other living arrangements when it comes to more easily accessing different levels of care, if ever needed. It’s much easier for seniors to stay connected to their community and peers if they need short-term rehabilitation or assisted living close to home. For example, for those who choose Concordia at Sumner, there is a network of services, including short-term rehabilitation, assisted living and long-term nursing care. These combined services allow those who call Sumner home the opportunity to age in place.
If you are interested in seeing new independent living apartments in person, join us for a grand opening/community day celebration on June 29 at Concordia at Sumner. Walk through spacious apartments in our retirement living expansion, featuring an open concept floor plan with fully applianced kitchen and laundry rooms. Residents of the expansion have access to all of our first-class amenities, including the Terrace Room restaurant, fitness center, swimming pool, craft room, game room and more.
If you have a question about how we can help your loved one decide about retirement living options or if you want to learn more about the different services we offer, you may also visit the care levels & services page of our website for details on a number of services we offer including In-Home Care, Long-Term Nursing Care, Adult Day Services, and more.
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