Many seniors and their families hesitate when it comes to transitioning into community living. Whether it’s moving into a retirement community or assisted living, most seniors benefit from the transition in more ways than one. In addition to accessible medical and long-term care, most facilities encourage their residents to interact with one another by engaging in various social activities. According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, “elderly people in the U.S. who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline.” While some might find the transition into care difficult or even scary at first, most seniors find this new chapter exciting.
Our Carespring nursing home and skilled rehabilitation facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky work to improve the quality of life of all of our residents. Here’s what some seniors love about living in our communities.
Nursing homes and assisted living communities are often viewed as stagnant, melancholy places. But, these communities are full of life! From social hours, informational programs and evening performances, residents very rarely feel bored. Some communities even offer day trips and weekend getaways to residents who are still able to get around on their own.
As we age, basic daily tasks get more difficult. Cooking, driving, and organizing weekly medication can be a challenge for many seniors who live on their own. In retirement communities and assisted living, most seniors and their families can decide how much help they need and when they need it. For those who are able complete tasks, but enjoy the security of living in a community, cooking and driving are still available options. For seniors who need more care, like an aide to assist with grocery shopping and driving, most retirement communities will help residents get the help they need.
Housekeeping is difficult for anyone! In assisted living and retirement communities, this is most often taken care of by the housekeeping staff. Seniors can enjoy the benefits of having their own space without the burden.
Food and Nutrition
Food options at retirement communities should be healthy and delicious! Most facilities cater their menu to the needs of the residents. This means seniors should be able to find well-balanced meals with fruit, vegetables, protein, and low fat content. For residents who are used to cooking for their families, shopping and preparing food for just one or two people can be a frustrating obstacle. Most facilities offer dining services that allow residents to choose nutritious meals that are prepared for them.
Community living isn’t the right choice for everyone. But, knowing the benefits can help you decide whether or not senior living communities is right for you or your loved one.