Pros and Cons of Senior Living Community | Charter Senior Living

Apr 25, 2022

 

Why Move to a Senior Living Community [5 Compelling Reasons]

Your loved one deserves to take advantage of new opportunities during their retirement years and live with the peace of mind that they will receive the care they need. Senior living communities offer ease, opportunity and support for an enhanced life.

“We hear from many seniors who struggle with the question, When is it the right time for senior living? Sometimes it is helpful to ask instead, How can a senior living community enhance life right now? At Charter Senior Living, we seek to inspire and support seniors to live their lives to the fullest,” said Tammy Sunderman, Charter’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Some older adults face the choice of either moving in with family or moving into a retirement community. While it can be appealing to live with family members during this time, there are benefits of a senior living community that they might be missing.

Life of Choice and Freedom

Living with family or having a caretaker in the home could help alleviate some of the necessary household chores and responsibilities, but relying on family can feel different than being offered standard services at a senior living community. Many times, feelings of obligation or guilt can strain a relationship.

At most senior living communities, residents can rely on services like exterior and interior home maintenance, meals, housekeeping, laundry and transportation. In this way, senior living could provide just what your loved one needs. Whether they are having difficulty completing these kinds of tasks or just want to free up their time to experience the benefits of retirement, these services could vastly improve their lives.

Social Engagements and Recreational Programs

While there is no substitute for living close to family, living in another’s home or having a family caregiver can make it difficult to preserve the traditional roles you play in one another’s life.

Healthy relationships can be pivotal for your loved one’s continued health and happiness. Senior living can help sustain relationships between family members. It can introduce new ways for you to engage with your loved one – and maybe even reintroduce old methods you used to connect. It will also offer your loved one new and varied ways to engage with new people.

Myriad opportunities at a senior living community range from informal gatherings to regularly scheduled fitness classes, craft workshops and outings. Senior living can be whatever your loved one wants – laid-back living with a few social engagements or an active pursuit toward personal growth and fulfilling relationships.

Peace of Mind for the Whole Family

In some cases, families have had to rearrange their schedules or adjust their lives to provide essential home care to their loved one. This arrangement is only ideal in the short term, especially when a family member steps up as caregiver. Caregiver burnout can be detrimental to both the one providing care and to the relationship between loved ones.

Assisted Living or Memory Care within a retirement community can provide personalized care that prioritizes dignity and choice and allows your loved one to live with as much independence as possible. The security this gives families cannot be overstated. Relationships can continue as they’ve always been, and family members can rest assured that their loved one is being cared for and treated with respect.

A Focus on Wellness 

Depending on the needs of your family member, keeping them healthy can feel like a full-time job. You may be scheduling appointments with their health care team or managing medications. You may be serving them completely different meals than the other members of your family. You might even need to arrange transportation to doctor’s appointments for them.

Imagine if those responsibilities could be lifted from your shoulders! When your loved one moves into senior living, they can access wellness opportunities, exercise classes and healthy dining options right there on campus. Senior living staff can also oversee medications and appointment transportation as needed.

Access to Senior Care Services

There are limits to the kind of support a caregiver can offer. At some point, the drawbacks of administering care in a setting that is ill-equipped for these services will reveal its drawbacks.

Many senior living communities offer a continuum of medical care that is customizable to your loved one’s changing needs. They can enter Independent Living and enjoy the multitude of amenities and activities, and at the point at which they require more support, they can then access the care provided by Assisted Living or Memory Care.

You can be sure that your loved one has what they need and is living a more fulfilling life, and you can rest assured that you are doing the right thing for them. Sometimes the best choice can actually increase the independence of all parties involved. Moving your loved one to senior living certainly falls in this category!

Charter Senior Living: Come See How We Can Serve You Best

Charter Senior Living’s aim is to enhance the human spirit through our various offerings and amenities. We are a family-owned senior living organization that is committed to providing high-quality lifestyles to our residents and their families. Come visit one of our beautiful communities and see how we can serve you best!