By: Darleen Mahoney
Your neighbors did it, your best friends did it, your newly retired co-workers did it. They all moved to senior living communities, but why?
You are now contemplating making the move yourself but want to make the right choice. The house is too big, and the yard is so much work. Now that you are retired, you want to start enjoying it. In truth, that is the point, right?
According to Senior Housing News, in a survey of residents and non-residents of a retirement facility moved to a senior living community they found the following:
- 5% -current residents made the move because they had a health change
- 9%- non-residents said that a health change would motivate them to move to a senior living community
- 6%-current residents moved to avoid home maintenance responsibilities
- 5%-non-residents said that they would move to avoid home maintenance responsibilities
What you may not realize is that so many of today’s senior living communities are designed just like a vacation resort. These communities have beautiful, modern and spacious floor plans, resort style accommodations and social activities.
You can finally downsize and sell that lawnmower! Check out all the possibilities you may be getting when choosing to move to a senior living community!
- Lawn maintenance– While you appreciate and want a well-manicured lawn you want to retire from the work. Lawn maintenance is typically included, but still allows those with green thumbs can still consider communities with gardens or patios for small planter gardens.
- Transportation– Reliable transportation at your fingertips. Even if you are still driving, its always quite a comfort to know that you have transportation available, if needed.
- Concierge/Housekeeping – Hotel like accommodations such as housekeeping and laundry services and on-site maintenance.
- Social Activities– scheduled events, trips and activities. Many seniors may discover new hobbies as they enter senior living communities and retirement as they didn’t have the time while working.
- Restaurant Dining– Meals prepared by Chef’s three times a day. Some communities have multiple dining locations and options if you choose.
- Medical Care Available– The peace of mind of having proper medical care and staff that can handle a medical situation when needed.
Finding what you are looking for in your area, budget and interest is key. The Senior Housing News survey also found that the majority of respondents aged 70-79 did or would utilize the internet to search online to learn about their senior housing options. A great one stop shop for senior housing options is SeniorLivingGuide.com as the website provides many communities with links to their websites, their social media, and phone number. We invite you to visit when you decide to sell that lawnmower and downsize that home.