Moving to a senior living community is an important and emotional decision.
If you’re considering a move to senior living for yourself or a loved one, you probably have a ton of questions. You may even be questioning if senior living is the right decision.
So how do you determine if senior living is right for you?
Let’s consider the pros and cons of senior living to help you decide.
Pros of Senior Living
Maintenance Free Living
Imagine a carefree lifestyle that allows you to spend days socializing with peers, golfing, traveling, enjoying hobbies, or exploring new interests.
Most senior living communities include the following services in their monthly rent:
- Home maintenance
- Regularly scheduled transportation to shopping and activities
- Meals and snacks
Moving into a senior living community is a fresh start! An opportunity to create a new and exciting lifestyle! A chance to meet new and exciting people!
One of the biggest pros of senior living is the wide variety of recreational and social activities.
Today’s seniors are more active and engaged than ever, and they expect senior living communities to offer unique and fun activities. Active adult communities in particular, cater to seniors who want to maintain their independence and enjoy a lifestyle in a vibrant community with their peers.
Residents in senior living communities stay active with the following:
- Planned activities
- Social events
- Transportation to local events, restaurants, and shopping
- Group fitness classes
- Golf courses
- Book clubs
Professional Personal Care
Senior living communities offer residents a high level of professional and personal care. Many older adults consider senior living when they can no longer live alone. Senior living is perfect for seniors who want to maintain independence but require supportive care due to a chronic illness, injury, or mobility issues.
Most senior living communities provide:
- Assistance with activities with daily living
- 24-hour security
- Medication assistance
- Chef-prepared meals
Cons of Senior Living
Senior Living Is Expensive
According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, assisted living communities can cost an average of $54,000 a year, and the cost depends on your location and the type of long-term care needed. This handy cost-locator tool will help you understand senior living costs in your area. Luxury services, amenities, and move-in fees can add to monthly expenses.
However, there are various resources to help cover the cost of senior living. Make sure to speak with a financial advisor or insurance professional to understand your cost and payment options.
Transitioning from the privacy and comfort of your home into a senior living community can be an adjustment, especially for seniors who are used to living alone or value their privacy. Senior living communities will vary depending on the type of community you choose. For instance, active adult and retirement communities generally have more vibrant and active atmospheres.
However, you can control your privacy by choosing a private room or community with a more low-key culture. Make sure you schedule a tour to get an idea of your options and the environment before choosing a community.
If you still have questions or are not sure if senior living is right for you, download our helpful “Home Care vs Senior Living Should you stay or should you go?” guide or contact us to learn more about your senior living options.