The idea of living in a retirement community could be a little daunting. After all, you’ve built so many memories at home, it may be difficult to move and start again.
However, staying at home could mean you’re putting yourself at risk. You may have noticed it becoming more difficult to complete everyday tasks without help or you may be more prone to falls and other accidents.
Similarly, as a family member, you might have noticed your loved one having trouble at home by themselves. You may be concerned about their welfare and feel it’s time for a change.
Here are some benefits of moving to a retirement community near you.
1. Staying Connected
If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of staying connected with people. Statistically, older people are less likely to stay connected to people at home. This can lead to a feeling of loneliness and isolation.
Many people over the age of 60 desire to socially connect but have few opportunities close to home. One of the biggest benefits of joining a retirement community is the opportunity to take part in several organized groups and events.
For example, clubs, theatre performances, social cafes, and beauty shops. Retirees living in communities like these often establish connections that they value for the rest of their lives.
2. Maintaining Your Home
Maintaining a home can be hard work. Something as simple as changing a light bulb can become dangerous the older you get. Maintaining your yard may start to feel like running a marathon and vacuuming through the house is enough to induce a nap.
It can also be costly to hire help for every plumbing job or every time the lawn needs mowing. So, why not take that burden off your shoulders? Living in a retirement community means you can leave all that work up to someone else.
Retirement communities have a dedicated team of maintenance staff that can be there at your beck and call whenever you need assistance with home maintenance.
3. Your Health
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury in people over the age of 65? Sadly, many people suffer a fall at home and it takes far too long for family, friends, and the emergency services to come to their aid.
Living in a retirement community means you don’t have to worry about that. Living arrangements are set up to avoid accidents, like falls, from happening. Similarly, the community is set up to aid anyone with difficulty to move around and explore easily.
If an accident should happen, there are qualified staff on hand ready to step in immediately and see to any injury.
4. Remaining Independent
For many people, the thought of losing their independence is enough to put them off receiving any kind of help. You have earned the right to keep your independence and control your future.
As a resident of a retirement community, this isn’t something you need to worry about. In fact, promoting independence is what retirement communities are all about.
In addition to creating your own social network, you’ll also have the freedom to visit places without having to rely on unsteady and untimely public transport. You’ll also get regular medical attention and any medication you require.
5. Staying Passionate
Pursuing passions is one of life’s greatest satisfactions and it shouldn’t be any different the older you get. If there’s something you’re passionate about doing, it doesn’t mean you have to give it up to move into a retirement community.
The best retirement communities will champion people willing to learn new things, join courses and pursue interests while they’re there.
6. Maintain Your Spirit
Just because you’re getting older, it doesn’t mean you have to feel old. In fact, many people over the age of 60 often admit to feeling much younger. Living in a retirement community doesn’t mean you have to give up your zest for life.
You may still want to take part in Yoga classes or make sure you don’t miss your tee time at your golf club. A retirement community will always invest in your social, emotional, and mental health.
You can expect healthy meals, exercise options, and constant care from dedicated staff.
7. Keep Volunteering
Many people who enter retirement communities are used to volunteering in some capacity. Whether it be parents that are used to looking after their children, people who have worked in care role jobs, or people who have volunteered their time in their own community.
Volunteering doesn’t have to stop there. If you still have a passion for volunteering, you can request a small role within your living community. It could be anything from taking charge of the bingo to tutoring other members of your community.
Making the Best of a Retirement Community
Choosing to live in a retirement community can be a wonderful opportunity. The best retirement communities will support you in maintaining your freedom and pursuing what you love the most.
At The Cottages at Sanders Glen we pride ourselves on delivering the best possible care to all of our residents. You can have total peace of mind that your social, emotional and mental health will always be at the forefront of your thinking.
Take a look at more of our blogs for more information on living in a retirement community and what you can expect.