Today’s senior communities offer a rich variety of services and amenities, from life enrichment activities to transportation, beauty/barber salons, and safe, thoughtfully designed apartments. It’s an environment that supports the needs of older adults and makes their lives easier and more enjoyable.
Let’s take a closer look at the comfort and convenience offered by most communities.
Understanding the Advantages of Senior Communities
- Maintenance-free lifestyle
One major convenience of a senior living community is that household chores and maintenance tasks are handled for you. Everything from snow removal to appliance repair is taken care of by staff. In many communities, housekeeping and laundry services are also included in the monthly fee or available as an add-on service.
- Secure, safe environment
Another benefit is an environment packed full of features and amenities designed to promote safety and security. For example, at The Charleston, resident apartments have accessible bathrooms with heat lamps. Individually controlled heating and air conditioning allows each resident to set their apartment to their preferred temperature. Emergency call systems, grab bars, and handrails in hallways are standard.
- On-site services
Residents can also appreciate the variety of on-site services available to them—from banking to a beauty/barber shop—that make daily life easier. Some communities also have a concierge to assist with details such as restaurant reservations, accepting packages, and dry cleaning. If a health issue arises, a resident can often receive rehabilitation services in the privacy of their own apartment through partnerships the community has in place.
- Well-balanced meals
Seniors residing in their own home may find cooking to be too much work. Others have mobility challenges or driving restrictions that make frequent trips to the grocery store difficult. In a senior living community, nutritious meals and snacks are included in the monthly fee. Most communities give residents a variety of menu choices.
- Daily wellness programs
One of the more popular amenities of a senior living community is the daily wellness programs. From chair yoga to walking groups, strength training, and gardening, fitness is a core element of resident life. Seniors who make this move also benefit from an around-the-clock care team. They are available to assist with tasks ranging from medication management to toileting and personal care.
- Life enrichment activities
Older adults who live alone might feel disconnected and isolated, especially if they’ve given up driving. That can be tough on physical and mental health. By moving to a senior living community, they can participate in their choice of life enrichment activities every day. Movie matinees, religious services, card groups, art workshops, and nail polish parties are just a few of the activities offered. Community outings to nearby restaurants and shopping malls are available on a regular basis, too.
- Transportation services
Another convenience of senior living communities is transportation. You will no longer need to ask an adult child to take time off work to drive you to a doctor’s appointment or to run errands. The transportation team will make all the arrangements for you.
Learn More about Financing Senior Living in This Free Guide
If a senior living community sounds like a good fit for you or an elder in your family, you might appreciate a resource we created. You can download our complimentary Funding Guide to learn more about budgeting and financing a move to a senior living community.