Moving to a senior living community is a big step. There are lots of things to sort out and ultimately it involves leaving the home you have lived in for many years. It is natural to feel nervous but there are some fantastic reasons why this might be the best decision you ever made. Here are the top 10 reasons why you might want to consider moving into a senior living community.
There is always something that needs doing around the house and these tasks can get harder as you get older. If you no longer want to do your own DIY or you never liked doing it anyway, moving to a senior living community and not having the hassle of home maintenance can seem like a dream come true.
The same can be said for chores too. You will have someone to do your washing, cleaning, and cooking for you, and the meals are top class in a lot of senior living communities. Won’t it be nice to be able to put your feet up and know that your days of doing chores are over?
You Only Pay One Bill
When you live in a senior living community, you will only pay one bill to be a resident which will include your living expenses and utilities. This may make your life a lot easier if you have been struggling to remember to pay bills such as the water, electricity, internet, and food bill separately.
Senior living communities have come a long way over the years. They are no longer depressing places that look tatty and make you feel miserable. Many of them, such as the Burbank independent living community, have amenities such as a salon and spa to keep you occupied. You would be forgiven for mistaking the community for a top-class holiday resort, but the great news is that you won’t be expected to give up these fantastic facilities at the end of a two-week stay.
The staff in these communities don’t want you to get bored and they will lay on activities that you can get involved in every day. Whether you want to play a game of chess, practice some tai chi, or try your luck at bingo, there is something for everyone. These activities aren’t compulsory though, so you can get involved if you want or create your own entertainment if you prefer.
If you have been feeling a bit isolated at home recently, you will enjoy a new sense of community in a senior living facility. There is always someone to talk to, whether it be a member of staff or another resident, and you will soon make friends.
Enjoy Your Family
Your family will be able to visit you in your senior living community and you will be able to enjoy their company. It may be that in the past when people have come to visit you, it has been necessary to ask them for help. Perhaps you can no longer manage a vacuum cleaner, or you find getting up and down the stairs more challenging than you used to. This could make you feel uncomfortable as you don’t want to put your family out and it means that you can’t enjoy their visit as much as you would like to.
Having your chores carried out by staff in your new home means that you no longer have to ask your family for help if you don’t want to. They are usually welcome to join in any of the planned activities while they are with you, or you can chat and catch up if you would prefer to. Either way, you are likely to be able to relax and enjoy their company more than you might have done at home.
As well as planning fun things to do, the staff in your community will be on hand 24/7 to help with anything you might need. You are welcome to do as much for yourself as you want to, but that doesn’t mean that you have to do it without assistance.
There will also be medically trained staff available who can see signs of illness that you might not notice yourself. They can take you to the doctors or the hospital if you need to go. Depending on the size of the community, there may even be a doctor’s surgery or pharmacy on-site to cater to your medical needs.
Individual Care Package
An individual care package will be set up when you arrive that will cater to your specific needs. Many care homes offer three levels of service. The first is for independent living. On arrival, there may be many things that you still can and want to do for yourself. This will be respected although staff are on hand if you need to ask for help. As you get older, you may find that you can’t do all the things you could on arrival and need to move to an assisted living package where the staff are a lot more hands-on in their care and can help with things such as dressing or eating. If you suffer from a memory disorder such as dementia you can be moved to a new package that will better suit your needs.
Peace of Mind
Moving to a senior living community will give you and your family peace of mind as you will know that there are people around you 24/7 to offer you support or give you medical assistance if you need it. This is hugely important to both you and your family who will want to make sure that you get the best quality of life possible as you get older.
These are just ten fantastic reasons why moving to a senior living community could be the best decision you ever make. There may be many more that you can come up with if you try it for yourself.
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