When your loved ones can’t cope in their own home anymore, you face the dilemma of providing them the kind of care which they once gave you while allowing them to maintain their cherished independence. For seniors who can still look after themselves on a day-to-day basis, an independent living complex can serve their needs and their desire for an active lifestyle.
Home without the Hassle
One admitted downside of homeownership at any age can be the upkeep. As people grow older, heavy housework can become too hard to handle. Housing in planned retirement communities generally consists of small detached houses, apartments, dorm-style suites, or a combination of several such types. These mixed facilities are usually classed as “continuing care” communities, which allow residents to easily transition to a higher level of care within the same community as their needs increase. Workers employed by the community attend to the housekeeping, laundry, lawn care and similar services. Seniors who do need limited help with select activities may be able to hire a home help service for those needs and be covered by their insurance.
Everything Is Accessible
On top of home care, transport commonly poses major hurdles for the elderly due to car maintenance costs or a limited ability to drive for safety reasons. Intentional independent living Denver communities are designed to relieve this problem, with basic amenities located either on-site or in the immediate vicinity.
The size of a community largely determines what services are available. Retirement communities range in scale from individual apartment buildings to whole campuses to entire neighborhoods with their own zip codes. Most retirement complexes have, at a minimum, dining service and a community center, while larger communities may have a full fitness center with a gym, pool and spa, a clubhouse, a library, and possibly even shops and other businesses. Generally, arrangements may also be made for transportation to doctor’s appointments and other essential errands outside the community.
A Full Social Calendar
Studies show that socialization sustains seniors against depression and mental decline. Lots of retirement communities host a lively schedule of events and activities. Offerings are as varied as residents’ interests and abilities, including group outings, holiday festivities, exercise and art classes, book clubs, movies, concerts and Community Theater. With a little research, you can make sure your loved ones can continue to enjoy a vibrant social life in their new surroundings.
Some folks may still stay spry in their old age, but at a certain point, managing certain tasks just gets to be too much. Investigate local independent living options to give your loved ones a new home with less stress.