As many as 90% of Americans over age 65 say they want to stay in the home for as long as possible. It feels intuitive: people are comfortable and attached to the living spaces they’ve spent a lifetime building, and it can be hard to leave that behind. But as mom and dad age, many of the things they’ve come to love about home no longer feel quite the same.
As a growing number of people are learning, however, moving into senior living communities is a solution for their changing lifestyles, not an obstacle. Independent housing provides a number of benefits to help your loved ones feel right at home.
For a lot of folks, the idea of moving out of the house feels like more of a hassle than it’s worth. Senior living communities, however, are a refreshing change of pace from the tedious upkeep that comes with a house. They find that with demanding tasks like lawn care and home maintenance taken care of, they have more time to do the things they enjoy. Some routine tasks might even become dangerous as people get older. As health changes with age, previously simple tasks, like cooking and driving, can get a lot more difficult. A senior living community offers peace of mind in the form of high-quality food and convenient transportation from people who care.
It’s not easy keeping in touch with friends and loved ones at home. The distance between you and your friends can feel even further as transportation gets harder. That’s why living communities are so ideal for seniors: they provide social connections all in one place without having to leave the comfort of home. Even when mobility isn’t an issue, proximity often is. Many aging seniors find their communities changing around them as they recognize fewer faces in their neighborhood as the years go by. After moving to senior communities, people find themselves back in their comfort zone, thanks to community activities like bingo, game nights, and shared meals. Senior living not only ensures a rejuvenated social life, it does so with the promise that new friends will always be nearby, sometimes even right outside your door!
The most common fear of moving for seniors is the perceived threat to their independence, but many are surprised to find that senior housing affords them more independence than they’ve had at home for a long time. With everything they could need all under one roof, it’s easy to see why so many are starting to call these communities home.