As we go through life, we shift from being cared for almost entirely by our parents to caring for others. Friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers are all included in those we begin to care for. As we grow, those in our circle that we care for grow, too. Should you or someone you know be looking for a place for mom or dad to live where they’re cared for and comfortable, senior living communities are a great place to start.
For some, senior housing is seen as a loss of independence and a harsh reality they aren’t ready to face. An estimated nine out of 10 Americans over age 65 want to stay at home for as long as possible. And it’s understandable. Having cared for yourself and countless others all these years, needing to rely on others for care again can be quite unnerving. However, the truth of the matter is that senior living is meant for those who find independent living to be more their forte and it can be just as fun and independent as their life was before. Only now, they have another set of eyes and ears to look out for them. Not only that, but senior living communities provide just that: community.
It’s common for senior living communities to offer different types of activities for those in their care. Often these communities offer yoga, art, music, or different educational classes. These are all ways for those living in a senior living community to keep their minds and bodies active. These are also perfect opportunities for relationships to be formed or strengthened as time goes on. It’s not just bingo and synchronized swimming for the folks in senior housing.
If you’re considering senior living communities for a loved one and they are resistant, there are a few simple questions you can ask to prompt the idea along. For instance, is maintenance for your house and yard becoming more and more challenging? Does driving not feel entirely safe anymore? Have you fallen and not been able to get up without help? Though these questions may be hard to ask and potentially even harder to answer, they offer a good insight into whether one may be ready for a senior living community.