Courtesy of Anita Ginsburg
Being part of a community is not only a valuable part of everyday life, but it can often play an essential role in health and security. When looking to join a senior community for support of this type, here are a few services and features to ask about.
Many senior centers provide common areas where members can connect with each other for a variety of reasons. Some just want to have casual conversations during the day while others are eager to have their meals with other members or share special holiday events and community celebrations. Rather than living at home alone, a senior living center is a great way to enjoy the company of others when you wish. Most centers offer shared areas in the facility, like a television room or a meeting room for programs and events.
Many older people are hesitant to do things in public alone. From riding the bus to going shopping, they feel safer and find it more enjoyable to be part of a group. Senior communities typically offer many kinds of social options that include playing board games in the commons area to taking a day trip to a local attraction. Going out to eat or enjoying an afternoon at the park can be shared in pairs or groups that provide social interaction and security. Look for a center that offers activities like this for leisure and relaxation as well as having fun.
Some community centers provide group transportation or a driver for individual needs, such as going to the doctor or picking up a prescription. This is especially helpful for people who don’t have family members living close by to help. Services like hair styling, nail care, and podiatry are available in some senior communities along with auxiliary services that may be difficult for an older person to access alone. Going with a friend or as part of a group for necessary errands can make the activity a little safer and more enjoyable.
Being around other people is especially helpful for seniors who may have special health conditions or a disability. Some are taking medications that may cause them to feel dizzy unexpectedly at times. Others may notice when this happens and can call for help if needed. Managerial monitoring also provides oversight to elders who need it.
If you or a senior you know is going through a tough time, look for a senior community that can provide the services you need to make life more secure and enjoyable.
Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.