Finding the right senior living community is not easy. Finding the ideal accommodations for a married couple is even more challenging, especially if the care needs are very different. Fortunately, Oak Hill Terrace Senior Community in Waukesha, WI can accommodate couples so they can age in place.
Moving and Downsizing
Social isolation is the objective lack of social network and meaningful, supportive relationships. We counsel many older adults and their families about finding the right living situation that invests in a relationship-rich lifestyle to enable an experience of well-being.
Selling your home and leaving that huge part of your being can be similar to losing someone you have loved in your life. I have been fortunate to help seniors and their families make the transition from the home where they raised their families and have loved for an average of 30-50 years, to condominiums, senior apartments and communities.
Your home represents so much more than the bricks and mortar. It is about family, memories, neighbors, security, and what you have known for so many years.
Years ago when an elder faced declining health, there were typically two options: 1) move in with one of their children to get the care they needed, or 2) went to a nursing home. How care for older adults has changed can be seen today in the typical stay for someone in a nursing home. It is counted more in days or months, not years. So why has it changed so much? Because of assisted living care.
One of the biggest obstacles that keeps people from exploring a senior community is the belief that there are too many sacrifices to be made – freedom, independence, living space – to name a few. The reality is that today’s senior communities can provide gracious living, security, an active way of life along with many other wonderful benefits that can enhance an older adult’s independence. And retirement communities can be surprisingly affordable! If your loved one is reluctant to explore a senior community, consider these ideas when discussing their concerns.