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Moving to a Senior Living Community vs. Staying at Home

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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.

  Home Senior Living
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.