The Benefits of Senior Communities
How to Address Obstacles to Moving Out of a House
Senior Living Apartments Can Actually Provide Greater Independence
One of the biggest obstacles to exploring a senior living community is the belief that there are too many sacrifices to be made. People fear losing freedom, independence and living space. How do you address obstacles to moving out of a house that a senior has lived in for many years? A careful analysis of the costs and burdens of staying at home shows the many benefits of senior living communities.
Today’s senior communities provide gracious living, peace of mind, an active way of life along with many other wonderful benefits that can enhance independence. If your loved one is reluctant to explore a senior living community or if there are other obstacles to moving, consider the following:
Is Their Independence Increasingly Restricted?
Seniors commonly believe that by moving from home they will be giving up their independence. But perhaps an inability to drive at night has already limited one’s social activities, or the inability to climb stairs often restricts one’s independence within the house. One thing we’ve learned after talking with thousands of older adults and their families is that most people don’t realize how much freedom they have given up to stay put.
Senior Community Living Can Be Disencumbering
A move to a senior living community actually helps many people become more independent. Such communities offer opportunities to enjoy activities and events without the daily burdens or limitations presented by home ownership.
Activities at senior communities allow people to be physically fit, socially engaged and mentally sharp. Seniors can enjoy their independence to the fullest within a retirement community setting, because there are more things readily accessible to them.
The Comforts of Home Can Come With You
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.
But none of those comforts have to stay behind; they can all come with you.
Beware the Crisis
All too often, a move happens because of a health crisis. Then the need to downsize belongings and sell the home can be even more stressful as you have more responsibility to care for a loved one.
While selling a house requires work and can be an emotional experience, life is a series of transitions. When a family takes this on, can do it on their own terms and are not forced by circumstances, most of the time will be spent looking forward to a new living situation and all that will be gained.
Staying in Your Home Can Be Costly
Many people overlook the overall costs of staying in the house. You have the costs such as utility bills, taxes and insurance. But there also are the costs of home upkeep such as new roof, furnace, and even lawn care or snow removal. Now consider the intangible costs: If you have good health and do not need any supportive services, what would you do with your time if you no longer had to manage the house or worry about it?
Renting for many means freedom to lock the door and travel for weeks at a time to visit the grandkids or find warmer weather. For others it means having the freedom to embrace activities you have always wanted to try.
In general, it is often not an issue of money that triggers most moves. It is quality of life issues, health related and not, that get people thinking.
Extra Attention for New Residents
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.
Every Laureate Group community works hard to make new seniors feel “at home,” building a welcome plan and transition plan specific to each new individual. Some of our communities offer an ambassador program, matching current residents to each new resident to show them around, join them for meals, introduce them to others and take the time to make the transition feel comfortable.
We find that on average, new seniors feel settled in within about three months.
Cherishing the Little Things
There is another benefit to a senior living community that many families don’t think about at first: The common revelation that families now can spend their time actually visiting, sharing their lives and making new memories together. We witness positive transitions like these all the time.
The experts at the Laureate Group can help overcome obstacles to moving. Just contact us!