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Moving to a Senior Community: Top 4 Obstacles

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Today’s senior communities can provide gracious living, security, and an active way of life. With all the wonderful benefits that can enhance an older adult’s independence, your loved one still may is reluctant to explore a senior community. When considering moving to a senior community, these are the top 4 obstacles your loved one may be facing.

1. Independence

Seniors believe that by moving from home they will be giving up their independence.Most seniors will say they want to stay in their own homes rather than make a move. But one thing we’ve learned after talking with thousands of older adults and their families is that most people don’t realize how much they have given up to stay put.When they pause to reflect, however, they often tell us their life has been altered in many ways. A woman finally admits that she gave up singing in her church choir because they practiced during the evening and she no longer drove at night. Or someone else shares she can no longer play bridge because the group disbanded since one of the players has been ill for a long time.If your world usually consists of the rooms in your home, if your social life is limited to when others can visit, when you can only participate in activities if someone else is willing to take you along, your independence is fairly limited

2. Actually Moving

The thought of packing up a household and moving overwhelms people at any age. Of course, the older we get the more stuff that has found its way into the basement and back bedroom. And when someone has lived in a home for 30 or 40 years, there are other things that can make a move difficult.There’s the favorite chair, the special antiques and the cherished memories. But none of those comforts have to stay behind; they can all come with you. Read how to overcome obstacles to moving.

3. Affordability

Sometimes people forget that even if the mortgage is paid off, there are significant costs associated with home ownership. No one really lives in a house for free. There are three kinds of expenses to consider if you are weighing the financial pros and cons of staying in your home:
  • actual costs of living there
  • costs that may be incurred in order to stay there
  • the intangible costs of staying

4. Fitting In

The decision to move into a senior community can be a difficult one. It is hard to move away from what is familiar. We all get comfortable and feel safe in a home we have lived in for years.And once the decision has been made to make the move to a senior community it’s natural that there will be some concerns — fear of the unknown, fear of not liking the community, and maybe fear of not fitting it.

Senior Community Has Ways to Help

Independence
One of the greatest benefits of a senior community is that a move actually helps many people become more independent by giving them numerous opportunities to engage in all that life has to offer: activities to keep them physically fit, socially engaged and their minds sharp.That weekly card game can still be held because there is always a pick-up player ready to get involved. Now that choir practice is held at the community, transportation is no longer an issue. Learn more about the active lifestyles offered by Laureate Group communities.
Affordability
Has your loved one given up something important because they remain at home There are affordable options in retirement living! If you do your research and look for value you will find many alternatives. Have you done a side-by-side comparison of the cost of staying at home versus moving to a senior community?At Laureate Group communities, there is no endowment fee to deplete lifelong savings. Your apartment and your selected services are available for a monthly charge. Learn more about paying for senior apartments and care
Fitting In
Every Laureate Group community has designed not only a welcome plan, but a transition plan for each new senior. We understand that this is much more than just a change of address. A move to a senior community is a new beginning for new friendships.Some of our communities offer an ambassador program, matching current seniors to each new senior to show them around, join them for meals, introduce them to others and take the time to make the transition feel comfortable. They all made the transition themselves, so who better to be helpful and available? We find that on average, new seniors feel settled in within about three months.
Big Benefits
Come to live in a senior living community and if you no longer drive, hop on the community’s bus and go shopping. On-site physician visits mean you can get to the doctor without arranging for family to drive you. Consider how active one’s social life can be once again because the classes, group exercise sessions, card clubs, and socials are held within walking distance and right inside the community.Do what sounds like fun, or stay at home in your private apartment and read that great novel. You decide. 

There is another benefit to a senior living community that many families don’t think about at first. So many families are happy to help Mom or Dad by checking up on them, making meals, helping with the bills and house.

But what happens after a loved one moves in to a senior community is a common revelation that they now can spend their time actually visiting, sharing their lives and making new memories together. Instead of paying the bills, they take in a Brewers game. We witness positive transitions like these all the time.