Have you noticed your loved ones becoming more worried or concerned about their safety? It’s very common to experience increased feelings of insecurity as we grow older.
There are generally two areas where safety can become more of a challenge for older adults: their living environment and their personal safety.
Safety at home
As we grow older, we may find our home is no longer supportive of our needs. It may be larger with several empty rooms that we are still paying to maintain. The neighborhood may also have changed over the years and no longer feel as comfortable or safe.
But our homes can also pose a danger to our daily safety. There might be steps we need to navigate to enter or leave and more stairs to climb to get to our bedroom or laundry room. The kitchen and bathroom may not be safe as we maneuver stepping over a tub wall or are required to climb a step stool to reach cabinets.
However, many older adults find the cost and amount of work that would be required to renovate their existing home expensive and extensive.
Personal safety also becomes more of a concern for many older adults. The anxiety of falling can become prevalent, as well as suffering other injuries or illnesses, especially if the individual is living alone.
The fear that help will be needed but unable to summon becomes more common and can preoccupy our minds and interfere with the overall enjoyment of life.
Many older adults also begin worrying about the future and whether they will be able to navigate their living situation safely or will need to rely more on family and friends.
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How a senior living community can increase your sense of safety
Of all the many benefits of senior living, the increased sense of safety and security rank near the top of the list. Take a look at what you’ll find at many of today’s communities and how they can contribute to your overall sense of security:
1. Senior living safety: secured communities
Many older adults find their neighborhoods have changed and they may no longer feel as safe or that it fits their needs like it once did. It may also no longer be convenient to services and amenities.
Senior living communities offer enhanced security features such as gates, personnel or other alarmed entries and features that make the residents feel safer.
2. Senior living safety: accessible and age-friendly residences
There need be no worries about living in a safe and accessible home if you move into a senior living community. You’ll discover wide hallways and doorways, walk-in showers, grab bars and alert and alarm systems.
3. Senior living safety: personal safety measures
Many communities support personal alert systems that residents can use for an added level of safety. While appreciating their privacy, it is also reassuring for residents to know they are never truly alone because help is available whenever needed.
4. Senior living safety: healthy dining
Your loved one may have found it more difficult to get to a store to do their shopping or it may have become more of a challenge to safely prepare meals. Another great advantage of a senior living community is the healthy dining provided with many menu selections that appeal to the palate as well as meet any dietary restrictions.
5. Senior living safety: safe but fun activities
Activities that are planned by a community are tailored to fit the needs and abilities of the residents. Residents have access to a monthly calendar of fun, engaging or educational options and there are staff also available if assistance is needed.
6. Senior living safety: safe and age-appropriate fitness classes
Remaining active and in shape is integral to safely aging well and community life provides everything you need to do just that. You’ll discover a fitness center or classes and equipment to help you stay physically and mentally healthy.
7. Senior living safety: scheduled transportation
Many older adults no longer feel safe driving and appreciate the added bonus that communities offer with their scheduled transportation to medical appointments, entertainment or shopping.
The Charleston Senior Living Community
Locally owned and operated, we offer personalized care by our dedicated team members. Setting a new standard in Assisted Living and Memory Care, we don’t define our residents by their limitations or illness but instead believe in focusing on the positive and the possibility.
The Charleston Senior Community includes private apartments for assisted living residents and for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Your loved ones will benefit from our attention to detail, routine health assessments, delicious dining and daily activity programs as we support everyone to live their best life.
Consider a few of our amenities:
- Chef-led dining program
- Community movie theater
- Live entertainment
- Outdoor patio
- Social lounges
If you or your family is thinking about Assisted living or Memory care, we hope you will consider The Charleston Senior Community. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions.
We also invite you to download our complimentary guide, Choosing the Right Senior Living Community – A Step by Step Guide for Making an Informed Decision.