A statistic in a recent AginginPlace.org article titled “Aging In Place Vs. Assisted Living” stated that 90% of seniors between the ages of 60 to 70 are choosing to stay in their homes for up to the next 10 years. Of these, 65% of participants found living independently to be “very easy.” This means that many seniors still opt to reside in their homes despite the challenges of living alone. Every senior, however, is different and has varying reasons for wanting to stay in their home:
- Their fear of losing independence
- The physical stress of actually moving
- The emotional ties they have to the home
- The anxiety of leaving their community
- Their fear of the unknown
While these concerns are both valid and powerful enough to convince our family members to stay put, it may not be the best choice for them. Another study found that adults over the age of 50 who are lonely or socially isolated may put their health at risk. Fortunately, for many seniors who have moved to a senior living community, it turned out to be a positive experience that has improved their quality of life. Furthermore, moving to a senior living community can help to fight feelings of isolation and loneliness. Here are a few other benefits of senior living communities:
1. One fee for all the expenses
Many senior living communities are all-inclusive, which means that residents and their families won’t have to worry about all the monthly bills. Because seniors usually see bills piling up in their homes and are constantly bombarded by companies requesting payments, many have noted the efficiency that senior living offers. The bills are usually already taken care of in one handy fee check every month.
2. Five-star amenities right next door
In today’s senior living communities, many are designed to look like and feel like a resort-style vacation. They may offer language classes, fitness classes, community clubs, and many other amenities, without having to leave the community. There’s no need to worry about driving or keeping to a schedule.
3. Delicious food on demand
One of the most important parts of aging is to maintain proper nutrition. Many seniors who live alone may prioritize convenience over health, and as such, may suffer from the effects of poor nutrition. In a senior living community, however, chefs are often trained in senior nutrition, allowing them to offer a range of healthy and delicious meal choices to meet their resident’s dietary requirements.
4. Developing meaningful relationships
With plenty of community amenities, many residents can find new friends who share the same interests. These relationships are made even stronger since they live near each other and can do the same activities together. Because of their close proximity and their similar interests, these friendships often become meaningful and long-lasting.
5. Higher sense of security
The apartments inside a senior living community are often equipped with an emergency response system, and some will even offer residents the option of a wearable alarm pendant. Doing this can help to provide the residents with a sense of safety. They won’t have to worry about falling or being left alone for hours or days.
As you can see from all the great benefits that senior living communities have to offer, it’s not always a good choice to just stay at home and assume that it is the better option. Seniors who prefer to have companionship, convenience, and great amenities are better off looking for a senior living community where they can socialize, grow, and live a fulfilling life. Get started looking for a senior living community for yourself or your loved one at Vitality Senior Living. And be sure to download the informative Vitality Living guide Choosing The Right Senior Living Community.