Moving to a Senior Living Community vs. Staying at Home
For so many of the issues older adults face while living at home, a senior living community offers a positive alternative. Consider them side by side and see how senior living could be the wise choice for your family.
|Social Life||Isolation from friends; inability to participate in activities with others||The warm company of peers; abundant cultural, social, educational and entertainment opportunities every day|
|Transportation||Reliance on others’ availability to get to and from appointments and events||Scheduled car or bus service always available for appointments and outings|
|Dining||Eating alone; prepackaged meals; difficulty following special dietary guidelines||Dining with neighbors; table service; freshly prepared cuisine; accommodations for many special diets|
|Housekeeping||Greater difficulty with household chores and maintenance||Housekeeping, linen service and maintenance provided by professional staff|
|Emergency Assistance||Anxiety over whether help will be available immediately||An emergency alert system in each apartment; a 24-hour staff ready to assist|
|Exercise||Limited or no access to adequate exercise programs and equipment||Daily fitness opportunities available to help increase mobility, strength and overall wellness|
|Independence||Greater dependence on others for assistance with daily tasks; feeling like a “bother”||Appropriate, discreet support provided by a caring staff, which leads to greater independence|
A change for the better
Atria resident Claudia shares what she wishes everyone knew about senior living.
The Cost of Waiting
While a move to senior living may mean a big change for your family, the true cost of waiting far exceeds the convenience of delaying the decision.