Are you considering how to live your best life? One that is enriched with family and friends, fun activities, eating healthy and meeting your wellness goals of staying physically and cognitively fit?
If the answer is yes, you are well on your way to discovering the keys to living the high-quality life that you desire and deserve.
There are many options for creating a fulfilling retirement life but if you haven’t considered a senior living community, you won’t want to overlook all it has to offer.
Benefits of a senior living community
Many older adults are interested in the maintenance-free lifestyle that a senior living community provides, but they want one that is also engaging. The following checklist can get you started to ensure the communities you might be considering offer the activities and support you’re looking for.
1. A private residence that includes personalization options to make it your home
You’ll want to tour communities so you can see first-hand the choices available for your next home. Look for desired layouts and number of bedrooms, as well as your preferred location and any views. Ask about whether a patio or deck is possible so you can extend your living space outdoors.
2. Support to continue living an independent lifestyle
Many older adults are concerned they will lose their self-reliance if they move into a senior living community. Rest assured that you’ll find senior living actually supports you to remain independent while offering a helping hand when needed. You will still be in charge of your decisions.
3. Flexible healthy dining options
You know the importance of eating right but many older adults are also ready to enjoy freedom from the kitchen. A senior living community provides nutritious and delicious selections. Ask to see a menu to get a better idea of the options. Better yet, arrange to share a meal with the residents during your tour.
4. Opportunities to meet and make new friends
If you’re experiencing the loss of family members or friends, finding a place where you can meet new people is likely a priority. Senior living communities are designed to support their residents to feel at home and meet others. You might be surprised at how easy it is to get to know your neighbors at activities, social events and even in the common areas.
5. Fitness classes to optimize your physical and cognitive health
You may have discovered it is more difficult to go to a gym or take exercise or relaxation classes while living in your current home. The great news is that most senior living communities provide several options on-site that are specifically tailored to meet the fitness needs of older adults.
6. A variety of activities and social events
Remaining active is another key to aging well but you may have also found it becoming more of a challenge while living at home. Make sure the senior living community you’re considering offers a wide variety of activities and monthly social events where you can have fun and interact with others.
7. Scheduled transportation if you’re no longer driving
If you’re no longer driving, you may have found yourself feeling left out of attending events or other activities. Depending on whether you have access to other transportation options, you might have been. Senior living communities provide scheduled transportation to medical appointments, entertainment and shopping.
8. Specialized communities that cater to certain interests
Another option you may discover in today’s senior living communities are the opportunities to choose one that is focused on your favorite lifestyle passion. There are communities located on or near college campuses, those that attract artists or ones who offer golf course memberships.
9. Common areas and locations that match your lifestyle
Do you prefer to live in the suburbs, in a quiet neighborhood or would you rather enjoy an urban setting and all its walkability? Choose the location that fits your preferences as well as take note of the amenities and common areas that you visit. Do they provide what is of interest to you?
10. Safety and security features
If you have become more concerned with your safety and security while living at home, you are not alone. One of the best advantages of a senior living community for many older adults is the added safety features and knowing that help is always available if it should ever be needed.
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.