We often get posed the question “How do I know it is time to move to a retirement community? Here are some things to consider.
We often advise our potential residents to move into to a retirement community before it’s needed,” we are a warm caring community with dining, events and programming, maintenance, housekeeping and so much more. We hear all the time from our current residents that wish they had made the decision to move sooner.”
Since moving to a retirement community is a big life change, the time to think about it is now, even if you don’t plan on moving anytime soon. This allows you to do some research and prepare which makes the transition go smoother.
Here are some signs to look for if you’ve been wondering if you or a loved one might benefit from moving into a senior community.
1. Your Health
As we get older, health issues become common. Not just ailments like diabetes, hypertension, and the like, but also things like mobility, flexibility, balance, and more. Taking care of health issues – going to the doctor, picking up prescriptions, dealing with the day-to-day details is exhausting and sometimes things don’t always get done for various reasons, no one to help, I can’t drive, or I don’t have time.
In senior living, a lot of that stress goes away. Communities have staff who can help with a variety of issues and can lend a helping hand when needed. If you are having trouble doing everyday things such as bathing or getting dressed, moving to a retirement community can help.
2. Are there any memory issues at play?
Approximately ten percent of people over the age of 65 have dementia, and as we age, that risk increases. If you start noticing your partner’s memory isn’t what it used to be, you may want to investigate the possibility of senior living. The earlier someone with dementia moves into a community, the easier the transition will be. Being in senior living can boost your loved one’s quality of life immensely. Having staff that understands dementia can help your love one adjust.
3. Are you still able to do the things you want to do?
Do you have favorite things you love to do but it has become too much of a hassle to enjoy? Senior living is designed to help seniors live independently and comfortably so they can continue to enjoy life. There are onsite activities to be involved with and scheduled transportation which makes it a lot easier to be out and about.
4. Home maintenance?
Sure, you can still do some home repairs, mow the lawn, and handle all the other upkeep details – but do you really want to continue to do it? Wouldn’t you rather have that time to do the things you want to do? Part of moving to senior living is the maintenance-free lifestyle without the need to do maintenance, housekeeping, or cooking. If you are struggling with upkeep and simply can’t handle it or dread the thought of it that’s also a good sign that senior living could be right for you
5. Are you lonely or bored?
What’s your social circle like? Do you still have a large circle of friends, or do you find yourself becoming isolated? Loneliness is common among seniors, and it brings with it a heightened risk of depression, anxiety, and even dementia. Friends moved away and you simply don’t have the opportunity to make new ones? Staying socially active and engaging in activities is key to aging well and staying healthy as you get older.
In senior living, you’ll be surrounded by many people in the same stage of life as you. Best of all, they’ve all moved to senior living for similar reasons, and they are ready to make new friends. You’ll find companionship, enjoyable social events like movie nights, happy hours … the list goes on and on.