Retirement is a time to just relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Over time, however, you may also realize you need more help with daily living tasks like personal care, keeping up with housekeeping and home maintenance, transportation, and just staying connected to your social circle.
Tips to help you choose between home or the senior living lifestyle
Tip # 1 – Walk away from home upkeep
One of the first areas to become a burden when living at home is home upkeep. Housekeeping, maintenance, lawncare, gardening, leaf raking and snow shoveling can all take their toll.
The senior living lifestyle, however, is all inclusive and that means housekeeping and home maintenance are no longer your problem. Luxury senior living communities like Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant take care to provide these services not only throughout the indoor and outdoor common areas, but also in each private residence.
Tip #2 – Keep up appearances
Living your best life includes looking your best. But eventually bathing and grooming, performing daily personal care, getting to the hair salon, barber shop or spa, and even managing medications can become a challenge that detracts not only from how you look but how you feel about yourself.
The senior living lifestyle makes personal assistance is a priority and help is provided by caring staff who know looking your best is key to being your best. Whether you need a little help with showering, taking medications, or want to up your game with a weekly trip to the spa or hair dresser, it’s all a breeze because everything you need is right onsite. At Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant we call this “person-centered care” and it is at the core of our luxury senior living lifestyle.
Tip #3 – Stay safe
You may prefer aging in place at home because it is comfortable and familiar, but is it safe as well? Typical family homes are not designed for seniors who require assistive devices or equipment like wheelchairs or walkers. Other problems include unsafe tub/shower combinations, steps and stairs, and kitchen storage that is out of reach. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University article, Four Challenges to Aging in Place, your likelihood of disability across mobility, self-care and household activity increases considerably as you age making life at home more unsafe while the costs of remodeling are considerable.
Safety is another asset of the senior living lifestyle that you should consider upfront. The senior living lifestyle includes wider halls and doorways, walk-in showers with grab bars, open accessible community spaces, and many other features that make life safer for everyone.
Tip #4 – Live healthy
Healthy living is a multi-faceted goal that should include not only staying fit, but eating well, staying connected, and pursuing your passions. The question you need to ask yourself is, “Can I do all of this at home?”
One of the most compelling reasons to embrace the senior living lifestyle is simply because it is designed to address all the aspects of healthy living including diverse fitness opportunities, nutritious chef-inspired meals, daily social activities, and an environment that encourages and enables your pursuit of purpose and personal fulfillment. At Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant our Flourish™ wellness program addresses healthy aging on many levels so that residents can live their personal best life in retirement.
Tip #5 – Leave driving to the pros
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention article, Older Adult Drivers, more than 500 older adults are injured and 20 die every day in car crashes in the U.S. and the risk increases not only due to age, but to physical vulnerability as well. If you are used to driving yourself where you want to go, when the day comes to give up driving you will likely feel trapped at home and dependent on others to help.
Getting around town is a given with the senior living lifestyle that provides local professional transportation to appointments, shopping, cultural venues and other places you love to go, without burdening anyone you love. You can just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Making the most of retirement is all about choices and one of the best is to move to senior living sooner than later. You will find the fun and carefree senior living lifestyle really is the best fit!
For more help with choosing between home and the senior living lifestyle, download our Stay or Go Guide for a detailed look at what senior living has to offer. Contact us for more about our beautiful community and to schedule a tour.