Aging can be a tough topic to tackle with parents of adult children. From fear of leaving a cherished family home they’ve spent decades building, to anxiety about starting fresh and re-establishing themselves in a brand new community of neighbors, incoming community residents can be apprehensive (and sometimes stubborn) when it comes to moving into a senior living facility. In most cases, though, the benefits of joining a senior living community far outweigh the risks–for both families and residents.
Socialization and Activities: One massive draw for incoming community residents is the social life that comes with a senior living community. Beyond the obvious proximity to other folks their age, most communities offer weekly, daily, and sometimes hourly events and activities to keep residents engaged and entertained. From fitness classes to bingo, performer visits to symphony excursions, communities often help foster relationships between neighbors, thereby allowing residents to live active, fulfilling lives.
Stress-Free Meals and Handled Household Tasks: With senior living comes the benefit of not having to worry about household upkeep, such as cleaning and maintenance, or meal-prep. Cleaning crews and maintenance workers make regular visits to communities to ensure that not only are the facilities well-maintained, but that residents don’t have to worry about the chores that come with home ownership. Community kitchens and cafeterias have chefs who prepare nutritious and delicious meals, leaving residents to spend more time enjoying time with friends and visitors.
Safety: Often the impetus for a move into a senior living facility, safety and security should be the backbone of a strong community. Management staff, community accoutrements such as handrails and call buttons and 24/7 desk check-ins help children rest easy knowing their parents are in good hands. And with available technology, a paper sign-in sheet can be replaced with a simple, digital sign-in kiosk, like Accushield, that helps decrease visitor risk by confirming proper credentials and background checks and supplying verified identification badges to vendors upon arrival. This allows communities can keep track of who is in their complex at any given time, so they can get back to focusing on the quality of life for their residents.