Are you or a loved one considering taking a chance and moving to a senior community? Senior independent living communities are fantastic for anyone who wants to sit back and relax during their twilight years, but how do you know when it’s time to make that move?
We want to help you. Keep reading to learn a few top signs that you or the senior in your life are ready for senior community living.
1. You (or your Loved one) are No Longer Driving
If you or the senior in your life has chosen to stop driving, it might be a sign that it’s time to move into senior community housing.
Many seniors choose to stop driving when they no longer feel safe doing so. Whether their vision isn’t as strong as it used to be or they’re struggling with hand-eye coordination, there comes a time when it’s no longer appropriate to be on the road.
If the senior in question lives in an area with good public transportation or ample family support, this doesn’t have to be a problem. If not, it can be difficult to get around to take care of responsibilities.
Many seniors are under the impression that senior living communities will take away their independence. In reality, if they’re no longer driving, they’ll have more independence in the senior center. They’re able to take care of all of their needs without relying on other people.
2. Mobility Struggles
While a loss of mobility isn’t inevitable, it is common amongst elderly people. Many seniors discover that walking, bending, or even moving their arms gets more difficult as they age.
This is a problem when it comes to maintaining a home or getting around in general. It’s hard to go grocery shopping, go on safe walks, or even get around the house when you’re no longer as mobile as you were in your youth.
Senior living facilities are built with poor mobility in mind. The space is accessible and there are plenty of compassionate workers nearby to help seniors if they’re struggling.
3. Recent Falls or Injuries
If you or the senior in your life has experienced a recent fall, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to move into a senior living community.
Over 800,000 patients per year end up in the hospital because of a fall-related injury. Some of these injuries are fatal. When someone lives alone, they don’t have access to people who are able to help them in the event of a serious fall.
Again, senior living communities are designed with this in mind. They don’t have inaccessible areas for people who struggle with falls. If the senior lives in a home with stairs and they’re struggling with falls, it’s time to move into a safer environment.
4. Health Problems
Not all safety issues are fall-related. If the senior in your life has other health problems, it might be time for them to move to a senior living community.
When the senior is still driving or living with another family member, they’re able to get to a doctor when they need to. When they’re no longer able to transport themself to and from doctor’s appointments, though, they can’t take good enough care of their health.
Many seniors also struggle with remembering to take important medications. If they need their medication to survive, this puts them in a dangerous situation.
At a good senior living community, there’s always a helper that you can call. In the event of an emergency, seniors can also get to a hospital right away.
5. Loneliness or a Desire for Community
Isolation is a huge problem for senior citizens. It’s harder to make friends as a senior, and current friends may be far away or otherwise inaccessible. Family members may have moved.
Loneliness can cause health risks for seniors.
A senior living community is a genuine community. There are plenty of seniors to make friends with and there are socializing opportunities like clubs and events. Joining a senior living community is a great way to make friends and bond with people in the senior’s age group.
It’s a true neighborhood where you can get to know your neighbors!
6. Upkeeping a Home Is Difficult
Having a large house and a yard might be fun when you’re young and have a family to attend to, but as you get older, housekeeping becomes tiresome. You may no longer have the motivation to keep your yard or home tidy if you’re living alone.
Good senior living communities have cottages that are smaller than other homes. While this might seem like a downgrade, in reality, it means that maintaining your home is easier than ever.
They also offer landscaping services so you never have to worry about mowing your lawn to satisfy an HOA again.
7. Moving In With a Relative Isn’t an Option
Many seniors choose to live with relatives instead of moving into senior living communities. This isn’t an option for anyone who doesn’t have family who can support another person.
Whether there aren’t any spare rooms or the family member doesn’t have the time or money to spend on the senior in question, there’s no way for them to live together.
A senior living community is a perfect option for any elderly person who isn’t ready for a nursing home but needs to get out of their own home.
Is It Time for a Senior Community?
If these signs sound familiar, it might be time for you or your loved one to move into a senior community. It’s hard to make that choice, but you’ll be happy that you did.
Modern senior communities allow for plenty of independence, even if the senior doesn’t have a car. It’s a great option for any senior who’s ready to take the next step and live in a relaxing environment.
If this sounds good to you, we want to meet you. The Cottages at Sanders Glen are perfect for any and all seniors who want to make a change. Contact us for more information so you can find your new home today.