Senior living communities are becoming an increasingly popular option for older adults these days, with adults over the age of 65 having a 70% chance of looking for a senior living option offering assistance with daily living. While you may have already read about the obvious benefits of senior living, there are also several surprising benefits that you might not realize. If you’re looking to make the most of your or a loved one’s retirement, check out these unexpected benefits to living in a senior living community.
Residing in a senior living community allows your loved ones to live among dozens of like-minded seniors who are in the same stage of their lives. Common areas such as dining rooms, patios, and community rooms make it easy for them to mingle and socialize, while regularly scheduled events bring all residents together for a chance to get to know each other.
While it may not seem like it at first, living in a senior living community can actually cost less than living in their house. This is because they will no longer carry the financial burden of taxes, insurance, repairs and maintenance since all their living expenses are put together in one convenient – and in most cases lower – monthly bill. This will leave them with a bigger budget to help them enjoy their retirement without any hassles or worries.
Peace of mind
Because senior living communities provide controlled entry to their buildings, there’s added protection and peace of mind for the residents. There’s also often off-street parking for those seniors who are still driving. The option for staff check-ins throughout the day in some levels of senior living is a safety feature that loved ones will surely appreciate.
More free time
When our loved ones don’t need to worry about maintaining their home, it’s much easier for them to take trips, visit friends and family, or even go on the cruise they’ve been dreaming about. Many seniors find that moving to a senior living community can result in spending less time having to keep up with all the household chores and a lot more time doing the things they love.
Many people assume that family members will be the ones to care for an older adult when they reach their senior years. Every year, over 34 million Americans take care of a family member over 50 years of age. While most say that caring for their aging parents is a positive experience, caregiving also takes a toll on them. But when our loved ones are provided with the right community and the care that professionals offer, it’s not just seniors that get to live their best lives, but the whole family too.
Transitioning ourselves or older loved ones to a senior living community doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It provides many unexpected benefits that allow seniors to live life to the fullest.