Selecting a senior living community for yourself or the senior in your life can be a stressful and overwhelming process beginning with the initial decision to move. Perhaps you want peace of mind that Mom is getting the nutrition and medication reminders she needs. Maybe lack of transportation is keeping Dad isolated and he is becoming withdrawn. Or, it could be that you just aren’t up to the yard work and maintenance that owning a home typically requires.
Choosing a senior living community can be an overwhelming process. Whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one or whether you are planning for the immediate or distant future, these five steps will get you started on the right track....
If asked to define “senior living”, what would your description of this lifestyle include? Many immediately gravitate towards the stereotypical skilled nursing scenario, including activities that revolved around pastimes such as bingo or other more sedative recreation. Is this an option that you or a loved one would be looking forward to in the future? The incredible news is that times have definitely changed!
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If asked to define “senior living”, what would your description of this lifestyle include? Many immediately gravitate towards the stereotypical skilled nursing scenario, including activities that revolved around pastimes such as bingo or other more sedative recreation. Is this an option that you or a loved one would be looking forward to in the future? The incredible news is that times have definitely changed! Not only is there much needed growth in senior living options but senior living is being redefined. Medical Development Corporation’s research resulted with an expected growth in the 75+ population of 20% between the years of 2010 and 2020. Furthermore, Medical Development Corp emphasized that senior housing continues to grow because of our increasing senior population. More growth, means more opportunities for people to choose options based on amenities, location, community features and price point. Everyone has their own idea of retirement, so it is important to find a community that is compatible with not only your needs but also your desires.
One area of growth involves Independent Living Communities. According to www.independentliving.org, independence is being able to control what we do, how we do it, and when. This definition goes hand in hand with what an independent living community may provide. These communities often offer the freedom to enjoy life. Potential residents are generally 62 years of age or older. The majority of these residents are perfectly capable of living in their own home, but are yearning for a more active
setting. Independent living removes the responsibilities of maintaining a house with added responsibilities, replacing it with time to spend with peers, an array of recreation options, delicious prepared cuisine and a maintenance free lifestyle. Many think that relocating to an independent living community will decrease independence, when in fact, these moves have unlimited opportunities to increase independence! An independent living community lifestyle enhances an already established routine. This may include working, volunteer services, travel, shopping and more!
With the growing senior population, people are desiring increased amenities and services. Most independent living communities will offer housekeeping, meals, transportation and activities. Vibrant seniors are searching for unique options to meet and enhance their current lifestyle. These discerning seniors want more than the typical offerings. Senior Living Communities are being redefined to allow seniors to live on their own terms, not established by the community regime. Bingo is being replaced with Apple technology sessions. Exercise classes are being enhanced to include water aerobics, personal training and yoga. Dining is being reinvented to include upscale restaurant options, quick stop café
opportunities, room service menus after a busy day, and all-
Independent Living apartment homes are also being reinvented. Downsizing from a home filled with memories is never easy. Prospective residents seek comfort, warmth, function and more when visiting communities. Modern attention to detail will apply for new senior living communities with complete kitchens featuring full-
One of the most prevalent comments given by a potential resident is “I am not ready for that yet”. This is likely a result of antiquated stereotypical definitions of senior housing. Independent living empowers seniors to live life to the fullest. In a study by James F. Fries that was published in Milbank Quarterly, Fries contended that the aging population will live longer – and in much better condition – for a longer period of time due to improved lifestyles, nutrition, exercise and education. With the reinvention of senior living communities, these opportunities are magnified by the endless opportunities of life-
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