As we age, we face a lot of tough decisions, but the toughest by far is how long to stay in our homes. If you or a senior loved one are currently facing this decision, there are a few things to consider before finalizing your plans. Read on to learn about which option might be right for you.
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Staying at home
Staying in the home you've lived in for much of your adult life can be a comfort. You know where things are, you have privacy, and it gives you a sense of freedom. While it is important to stay independent for as long as you can, there may be a few factors that make living at your home difficult.
Eventually, it becomes difficult to maintain a home, especially if you're also a property owner. Caring for a lawn and landscaping, keeping kitchens and bathrooms clean, and lugging around heavy equipment like vacuums can become burdensome. If you don't have family nearby, you may not be able to manage it on your own, and even if you do have family willing to help, you certainly don't want to make them feel like they're required to help you.
Another part of aging is decreased mobility. Moving around your home can get tough, or even dangerous. Falls account for many senior injuries, and falls can easily happen in your own home. And with limited mobility, it may be tough to go out and do your favorite activities or meet with friends. It can be difficult to make a connection with others as you adjust to your changing role in the world.
Moving to a senior community
While it can be painful to leave behind all the old memories associated with your home, moving to a senior community has many benefits. First, the care and maintenance associated with owning a home is no longer necessary. Downsizing means there's less space to care for, while you still have a private area all to yourself. If tasks like cooking become too difficult, you can take your meals in a communal setting.
In addition, moving to a senior community instantly makes you a part of a lively and vibrant group of people. Expect to make new friends, connect with other seniors, and participate in activities that will keep your body and mind fit and focused. Having that social interaction can combat the loneliness and depression that many seniors feel as they age, and engaging in regular activities like exercise, art, board games and puzzles can help slow down many of the negative symptoms associated with aging, like decreased mobility and memory loss.
And in many cases, if you're in need of medical help, there is staff on hand to help you. You don't have to worry about falling and not being able to call for help. It's nice to know that someone has your back! And many senior communities offer independent and assisted living, so that if you are unable to live independently, you can still stay in the same community with the people you've grown to love and trust.
It's definitely a struggle to decide when it's time to move from your home to a senior living community. Many seniors are against leaving their home, because of the independence and memories associated with their home. However, senior living communities allow for much independence, while still relieving seniors of many of the tasks that become difficult as we age. While it is a big change, it doesn't have to be a negative one. Living in a welcoming community with other seniors has many benefits to consider.