In many cases the last thing that your parent or loved one wants to think about, is moving out of his or her home. But as your loved ones’ age, moving into a senior living community may become a better alternative. Countless seniors live in 55+ or 62+ communities and find that they thrive in them, and you might find that it’s a good option for your family, too.
When it comes to senior living, there are many options. Communities such as Independent Living, Assisted Living and CCRCs, host shared or single apartment units, that make for plenty of privacy and independence. These apartments are specifically designed to be safe for seniors and are handicapped-accessible. Even if your parent does not have any health issues now, having the ability to use a walker, cane or wheelchair easily in their living space can come in handy later. In addition to the 24-hour staff that many of these communities’ host, all units are usually equipped with emergency buttons that seniors can push if they need assistance. Many communities also host many helpful services like transportation, dinning and housekeeping services.
Just a few helpful facts about senior living can make it easy to see why communities can be a great choice for seniors. If you don’t know whether or not it is time for your loved one to consider senior living, here are a few signs to watch for.
1. When living in their own home is starting to be too much of a burden
One of the main reasons seniors thrive after moving into a community is the fact that it can take a lot of work off of them. Keeping up a home can be hard enough for a younger person, and it can be extremely hard for someone who is reaching their golden years. Sometimes seniors don’t want to ask for help, so if you see your loved one not being able to keep up with the chores of maintaining a home don’t ignore it. Moving into a living community can help ease them physically and financially so make sure your paying attention.
2. Your Parent is Lonely
Many seniors get lonely as they get older, especially after they lose a spouse, child, family and friends. Some seniors also lose the ability to drive so they can no longer participate in the activities they once enjoyed. However, when living in a retirement community, seniors are constantly around others who are their age, making it easier for them to make friends and combat loneliness. Most communities also have gym/recreation centers and host social events and activities for seniors to participate and stay active.
3. Your Loved One’s Health is Good but Declining
The old adage says Hindsight is 20/ 20 and this couldn’t be truer for senior living. In many cases families who decide against a living community, because their health isn’t “that bad” often regret it. If your parent or loved one is in declining health, it is important to search out living options that can supplement their needs now rather than later. If your parent is in poor health considering assisted living or a nursing home might be a suitable choice. If your parent is still in good health, but isn’t able to get around as well as he or she used to, a living option like assisted living could work well for their needs.
If any or all of these three things apply to your parent or loved one, it might be time to start considering senior living. Luckily, there are plenty of great communities out there, and you’ll be able to find the right fit for your loved one in no time.