The Benefits of Retirement Community Living
Moving to a retirement community can be a difficult choice for some. It is a big change from the home you or your loved one has maintained and lived in independently or with a spouse. Living in a retirement community has several benefits for one’s social life. There are activities, healthcare, diet, safety, and security. Plus, responsibilities with maintenance, access to amenities, entertainment, and wellbeing.
The choice is much easier when you realize the enjoyment and relaxation that comes with this type of community living.
It’s pretty awesome.
A retirement community has many opportunities to develop friendships. They can engage in new hobbies and activities, and be surrounded by a supportive atmosphere. Loneliness can be an issue as we age that negatively affects health and wellbeing. Meals and regular events like games, movie nights, and shows offer chances to enjoy the company. This helps to share life’s joys with friends and family.
Learning new skills by taking a class or two engages and encourages a healthy mind. Fitness facilities and shared classes encourage staying active while chatting away. Other residents and staff are available and accessible when needed for support. A residence can feel like a big family. Especially if the communities foster opportunities for quality time.
Diet and mealtime can be tough.
Following a proper diet can be difficult. Especially when living alone. Retirement communities can offer full meal plans with healthy options. Ones that are made by skilled kitchen staff to meet daily nutritional needs. There is no need to worry about grocery shopping or preparing every meal.
Room accommodations can still feature full kitchens. Which is perfect for those who prefer to cook for themselves every once and awhile. Housekeeping is also taken care of. There is no need to perform backbreaking tasks like cleaning the bathroom facilities or mopping the floors.
You or your loved one can receive regular health care services. These are offered by the residence or personally chosen to meet specific needs. A top-quality provider like Integracare offers regular visits from Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Physiotherapists, Registered Massage Therapists, and other professionals.
Their care plans are designed to respect the dignity of the Client. This will help to increase independence, promote joyful living. It helps to work alongside retirement community staff. Physical and mental wellbeing are greatly improved with the help of home health care services you can rely on anywhere Clients call home.
Accessibility and security are other top priorities of communities designed to enhance senior life. It is easy to move around anywhere you or your loved one needs to go with a wheelchair, walker, or other mobility devices. Premises can be monitored with security equipment and personnel with limited access. Most importantly, residences usually offer everything that is needed. They are built close to helpful institutions and resources in the neighbourhood.
Everything is taken care of.
There is no longer a need to look after the repair and maintenance duties of the home. If things break or upgrades are needed, these are most often included as part of the monthly or annual costs. Many communities offer beautiful living spaces and accommodations that rival hotels and resorts that can be decorated and made one’s own. Downsizing from a home saves on space and associated costs and often proves more economical and affordable depending on the chosen community.
Independence is highly regarded and celebrated in quality residences. Family is usually freely allowed to visit and stay with you or your loved one. One is free to live the way they choose. With as much or as little socializing, meal preparation, or taking advantage of other available offerings.
Senior living is enhanced and thrives in a quality retirement community. Be sure to research, compare, and contrast features that support different areas of wellbeing, accessibility, freedom, and support.
Having worked with seniors for a long time, this topic always has a soft spot in my heart.
Have you thought about what your parents will do?
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.