3 reasons to consider senior living during retirement

There are plenty of reasons why a move to a senior living community may be a good option for your loved one. Whether it's because of growing health concerns or your loved one's ability to perform daily activities such as cooking, cleaning or maintaining a home, retirement residences can cater to many situations and create a comfortable and supportive home for seniors. It's also important to consider how your loved one feels about their current living situation from an emotional standpoint. Helping your loved one transition into a senior living community can result in new friendships and may also benefit their social health.

Here are three tangible reasons why a retirement residence may be the best living option for your loved one:

1. Convenient Retirement Services
For seniors who don't require care services, moving into a retirement residence can simply be an easier and more convenient way of living. Many retirement residences provide a variety of living options that provide choice and flexibility for independent seniors looking to move into an apartment-style suite with minimal services. For example, meal options and housekeeping services are often offered with independent living apartments, making life more convenient for seniors who would appreciate some assistance with cooking and cleaning. Living in an independent apartment also means seniors don't have to worry about house maintenance, yard work or even snow removal in the winter. By providing a stress-free environment, retirement living can let your loved one relax while someone else takes care of the work for them.

Moving your loved one into a senior community can give them the chance to socialize more often.
Moving your loved one into a senior community can give them the chance to socialize more often.

2. Socialization
Moving into a senior community can open up many doors for social interaction. Senior living communities provide activities and social outings that get residents interacting with both their peers and staff within the residence. According to The University of Rochester Medical Center, social interaction can potentially reduce risks for Alzheimer's disease and depression as well as help lower blood pressure. Many of us may not even realize our aging loved one is experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation—which can affect everything from mental health to healthy eating habits—and this lends to the importance of regular socialization for seniors and the many social benefits a retirement home can offer.

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3. Care Services
Moving your loved one into a senior living residence may be one of the safest and most convenient ways to monitor and support their well-being. Retirement residences provide trained and dedicated staff to administer service and support options for seniors, such as medication assistance and administration and other customized care services that cater to their unique needs. In fact, as a recent study suggests, many seniors actually report more satisfaction receiving care and support services in a retirement living setting than while living independently—meaning your loved one may feel more confident, independent and supported living in a retirement residence where their unique needs can be met.

For more information on some of the convenient retirement services that Chartwell Retirement Residences provides, including delicious dining, engaging activities and care and support services, visit their website at chartwell.com.