Shelli Bakken | Aug 24, 2015
There is a lot to think about when it comes to considering senior living. What exactly is senior living? When should you consider moving into a senior living community? Most importantly, can you maintain your independence after doing so? Senior living is a broad term for services that can help you maintain your health and independence.
Senior living is a broad term that applies to a range of services geared towards enabling older adults looking to maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle. Senior living is used to describe both physical settings that you can live in, as well as services you can enjoy in your own home.
Examples of senior living communities include, but are not limited to, the following:
In some cases, senior living can include services that you enjoy in your own home. Whether you still live in a home with your spouse or an apartment-style community, you can often contract with senior living providers that offer in-home nursing, cleaning, or assistance with other non-emergency needs.
Whether you decide to remain in your own home with the assistance of senior living providers, or move into a senior living community, there are many ways that you can maintain your health and independence as a result.
If you are mobile and physically healthy, and determined to remain in your own home, you can contract with senior living providers to have a nurse visit your home for regular checkups to help manage conditions such as diabetes. It is also possible to have meals delivered and access cleaning services to help maintain those unused rooms in your home.
Should you choose to move into a senior living community, you'll find a variety of options that help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, while still exercising your independent spirit. Senior living offers residents the choice to enjoy prepared meals on a daily basis, leaving you free to cook for yourself if you choose, or join your fellow residents in a dining room for a meal.
Remaining physically active is good for your health, both physically and emotionally. Spending time in exercise classes geared toward older adults keeps your body in better shape, and the chance to socialize with other members of your senior living community helps support emotional stability. All of these activities are voluntary, which means you have independent control over your daily routine.
Senior living allows you to remain in control of your life, but also provides a safety net for those times when you feel burdened by certain responsibilities related to maintaining a home. If you live in a cold-weather climate, like those of us in Minnesota, and don't want to go out for groceries, you can count on meals in the dining room rather than venturing out in the cold and snow.
One of the biggest mistakes you could make - in terms of senior living - is waiting until the service is something you desperately need. Wait lists due to the rising demand for services and care make choosing your ideal senior living community a process. Plan for the future today so you have a clear road map to make the transition into a senior living arrangement easier in the future. It not only takes the hassle out of doing so, but also provides you with peace of mind that supportive services will be there when you need them.