As a retirement home community, one of our main responsibilities is to work with families contemplating this choice and to help guide them to the decision that is best for them.
We help families consider their options to make their best decision
We know some seniors aren’t ready to move to a retirement home community. They may have family members who help them maintain their property inside and out. Or, maybe they still enjoy handling those duties on their own. Some might enjoy the independence of living on their own amid familiar surroundings that provide them with comfort.
On the other hand, when meeting with older adults and their families, we can soon determine that many seniors appear ready to make the transition to a retirement community. In talking with them, we become aware that they no longer find joy in homeownership and maintenance. They seem prepared to welcome a maintenance-free lifestyle, which can actually give them more freedom and time for their favorite activities. Seniors who live on their own might be lonely and look forward to increased socialization among those who share their interests.
One in-between option is in-home care where a senior remains in his or her own home with the assistance of caregivers. While it may be the right decision for some, it can become financially prohibitive if care is needed around the clock every day.
If you’re considering a retirement home community, you’re probably wondering what your options are there. At Country Meadows, you would choose between an independent living community or an assisted living or personal care home, depending on your needs. For seniors whose abilities are challenged by serious physical or mental impairment, we also offer memory support services and restorative services (at most locations).
Considerations when deciding on moving to a retirement home community
We’re aware that many factors enter into a family’s decision to move or not move to a retirement home community. In our experience, the following considerations are the ones most important to seniors and their families. Understandably, the degree of importance changes from family to family.
- Home maintenance – Can you still manage your daily housekeeping and home maintenance duties? Are you thinking of modifying your home to make it more accessible for you? Would you rather devote time spent on chores to activities you enjoy more?
- Transportation – Do you still drive? Are you and your family comfortable with your driving? If you stop driving, do you have arrangements to meet your transportation needs? Do senior communities nearby provide transportation?
- Health – Do you have health issues that are affecting your lifestyle at home? Do you have plans in place to meet possible future health care needs? Would you benefit from the assistance of professional health care staff?
- Meals – Do you still cook regularly? Do you enjoy it? Are you eating nutritious meals regularly? What meal options do senior communities in your area offer?
- Social relationships – If you live alone, do you enjoy the solitude? Do you ever get lonely? Would you like to have more contact with people from day to day? Could you still continue your current friendships if you move to a retirement home community?
- Activities – Are you still able to take part in activities that you enjoy? Would you like to have a wider selection? Would you be interested in learning new skills or activities?
- Costs – What are your monthly and yearly costs to remain living in your home? (We’ll devote our entire next blog post to this topic.)
To help you get started in your decision making, we suggest you read our information on what to look for when considering a retirement community.
If you’re seeking a retirement community in Pennsylvania or a Maryland retirement home, we hope you will check out one or more Country Meadows communities. Our senior living options include independent living and personal care or assisted living at all of our Pennsylvania campuses and at our Frederick, Maryland community. All of our communities also offer memory care support and, most, restorative care.