Five reasons to embrace senior living in 2017
As the holiday season fades into a warm memory, it’s time to move into the new year with a fresh perspective. There’s something about spending time with loved ones that provides a newfound sense of clarity. Maybe you forgot how good mom’s lasagna tastes or realized how quickly your niece is growing up.
You might have noticed some other facts of life, too. Like dad’s disorganized workspace becoming a safety hazard or a loved one who is having trouble getting around a multi-level house.
Considering senior living for a loved one can be an emotion-filled process. The more informed and prepared you and your loved one are, the more comfortable and confident you will both feel throughout the journey.
Discover five reasons why senior living might be right for your loved one.
Senior living can provide more freedom for a loved one than aging in place. Is dad having trouble keeping up with cooking and chores? Can mom make it up the stairs?
Offering an all-inclusive lifestyle, our senior living communities free residents from the burdens of home maintenance, giving them time and energy to focus on the activities and people they love. Seniors have the opportunity to bring their car to the community, and they have access to transportation resources.
2. Community living
While seniors can live autonomously in an independent senior living community, they’re also surrounded by a community of team members and residents, providing the best of both worlds. This community environment has significant benefits, like decreasing the risk of loneliness, which studies have shown may lead to declines in physical and mental health.
3. Improved quality of life
Living in a community environment provides security and safety for a senior’s needs. With peace of mind, seniors can enjoy a spectrum of events and activities, including socializing, volunteering, discovering hobbies or indulging in lifelong passions.
At Holiday Retirement, activities are designed around the “Layers of the Holiday Lifestyle,” a series of programs that benefit residents physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, creatively, spiritually and vocationally.
After factoring in hard and soft costs, aging in place may, in fact, be costlier than senior living. Hard costs, such as home maintenance, add up as a home ages. And soft costs, like loss of personal connections due to isolation, can also impact a senior’s wellbeing.
When considering senior living affordability, don’t forget these aging in place factors: property taxes, utilities, housecleaning, lawn and gardening services, HOA costs and caregiving fees. Get the facts about the cost of senior care and retirement living at holidaytouch.com/why-move.
Unfortunately, eating alone can significantly impact a senior’s nutritional health. Not to mention, challenges such as depression, difficulty buying groceries and dental problems can lead to poor nutrition habits.
Senior living can often improve a loved one’s eating habits. Holiday Retirement communities prepare fresh, nutritional meals and seniors can dine with other community residents for companionship.
Whether you and your loved are currently discussing senior living options, or if you’re being proactive for a conversation down the road, get more information by downloading “Overcoming Misconceptions: 7 concerns about senior living to erase from your mind,” an e-book that highlights and debunks common concerns about senior living, at holidaytouch.com/myths.
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