Moving into a retirement community is a big decision for any senior. In fact, your elderly family member might go back and forth about whether it’s the right choice for her to make at this stage of her life. So, how can you or she truly know when it’s time for her to make that sort of move?
Keeping Up with Household Tasks Is Getting Difficult
One of the major benefits of retirement community living is that your senior doesn’t have to worry about maintenance and upkeep. She’s able to focus on living her life, instead of dealing with household tasks that burn time and energy. This is more than just pampering, too. Many seniors who wear themselves out dealing with household chores aren’t spending enough time resting or doing what they need to do in order to be as healthy as possible.
Your Senior Is Having Trouble with Transportation
Transportation can be a huge concern for seniors. When she’s living in her own home, your senior may be tempted to continue to drive, even if it isn’t safe for her to do so. It might even be difficult to convince your elderly family member that she has other options besides driving. In a senior living community, transportation needs are handled and your senior doesn’t have to worry at all.
Her Friends and Family Members Have Moved
So often family members and friends move away or even pass away. When that happens, your elderly family member may find that now her home feels a lot lonelier and she’s not able to spend as much time with the people she cares about. Moving to a retirement community means that she has people around her everywhere that she can meet and get to know.
Her Health Is Becoming More of a Concern
As your senior ages, her health may be more of a concern for her and for you. When she’s aging in place in her own home, you and your senior might worry that something could happen. That worry can deepen if you don’t live near her. In a senior supportive living community, your elderly family member has caregivers checking on her and paying attention to how she’s doing. If there’s an emergency, help is right there with her.
She Wants to Reduce Her Stress Levels as Much as Possible
Growing older is stressful, even if it doesn’t seem to be on the surface. Moving to a retirement community offers a chance for your elderly family member to greatly reduce her stress levels, even in ways that she might not have thought of as contributing to her stress. Between delicious, healthy meals that are ready for her to activities and events that are there to keep her excited, she’s got so much to occupy her time.
There’s no wrong time for your aging family member to decide to move to a retirement community. The key is that she has all of the amenities that she needs the most available whenever she needs them.