By Meghan Belnap
The choice of when and where to retire is a deeply personal choice. You can live on your own or with others. Community housing for retirees offers amenities that may not be offered elsewhere. Do some research on them before you commit.
No More “Parenting the Parent”
Adult children may find themselves in the role of primary caregiver as their parents age. That could be stressful for all parties involved. It can create a sentiment of unequal responsibility. Community housing provides greater freedom to the parents as they are once again homeowners in a community of individuals going through the same period of life together. In retirement communities, there is no fear of not measuring up to the younger generation, and it is specifically set up to be empowering to those in their retirement years.
Safety at Hand
Senior living communities are built close to hospitals. If the worst happens then residents won’t have to wait as long to receive care. Immediate intervention is especially critical for seniors to recover quickly. Other services, such as in-home assistants and lifeline companies, also often set up their practice near these communities specifically to cater to the older generation. When looking at active adult community home listings, make sure to examine the amenities available in the area to find the community best catered to your needs.
A New Kind of Social Network
Not all seniors still can (or want to) drive. A senior living community brings everyone together. The longest trip to see friends is just a walk away. Fellow residents are all within the same age range, as mentioned, going through the same stages of life. This means that activities available are catered directly to the interests of your demographic. Community housing organizes field trips, classes, movie nights, and group dinners. There’s a wide range of options without the stress of having to make events a big outing.
Shifting Priorities for the Better
Owning a home is a lot of work. You have to think about yard work and neighborhood safety. Upkeep within the home can also feel like a to-do list that never ends. A senior home takes all that work away. There is often a dedicated housekeeping staff that does laundry and room cleaning. If the senior home is in a suburb or the countryside there may also be landscaping services. You can enjoy the grounds on your own terms without mentally cataloging each untrimmed shrub and stray leaf.
Your children may also want to have a say in where you end up living. They might want you to live closer to them or in a warmer climate. Make a list of the facilities that look most appealing to you. Then bring that list to the table so you can have a family conversation about next steps.
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.