Moving to a new home can be one of life’s major milestones. You’ve contemplated relocating to a retirement home but are still on the fence, and we understand that. So we’ve gathered the top 10 reasons that moving to a retirement community may be the perfect option for you.
1. More affordable than you think
Most people don’t realize how affordable retirement communities can be! Add the monthly costs of maintaining a house including mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities, and home maintenance; then calculate what you’ll save on food, gym memberships, and entertainment and vehicle expenses. Many seniors find that the monthly cost of living in retirement home is less than it was in their own home.
2. Abundant social opportunities and activities
If you think life in a retirement community means sitting around, think again! You’ll have the freedom to stay as active and as involved as you choose. In a retirement community, seniors always have an option of relaxing in the comfort of their own suite or immerse themselves in social life of the community. Whether you attend social get-togethers, bingo nights, sporting events, tournaments or fitness classes, you’ll find many rewarding and inspiring opportunities to be involved. You may even rekindle an interest in hobbies that you finally have the time to pursue. For intellectual stimulation, media centers, libraries and computer labs are standard resources in today’s seniors’ communities.
3. Convenient and easy access to health care
You’ll have convenient access to professional medical and nursing staff if and when you need it. Healthcare costs may be included in the monthly fee or on a fee-per-service basis. For example, assisted living communities may employ health care professionals and staff members trained in assisting residents with tasks of daily living. In independent living community residents can arrange for additional outside support and medical services with an agency of their choice. Many communities are in close proximity to health care facilities which makes it easy and convenient to access medical services if the need arises.
4. Safety, emergency support and peace of mind
Many retirement communities are generally handicap accessible and may be gated or employ round-the-clock security. Emergency call buttons or pull-cords as well as trained personnel available 24/7 are just a few of the ways in which communities ensure safety of their residents. In a retirement residence, you have peace of mind knowing that in an emergency situation, assistance is close at hand.
5. No more home maintenance
No more shoveling snow is high on the list for most Canadians! Also consider no more lawn care, painting the fence, updating the shingles, changing the water heater -- and the maintenance list goes on. All of these jobs are taken care of leaving you time to focus on activities you love and enjoy.
6. Healthy delicious meals every day
At least one meal per day is usually included in the monthly fee. Residents might enjoy breakfast and lunch in their apartment, but having a dining room with ample selection of nutritious meals every evening, means no worries about what to prepare for dinner. Dietary staff at the retirement home ensures that seniors always have nutritious, freshly prepared meals every day. Most retirement residences can accommodate special diets as well.
7. Fitness and wellness centers
It’s becoming a standard across the nation to include a fitness center, spa facilities and even hair-salons on the premises. Roadblocks in the way of getting to the gym, like bad weather, high monthly fees or classes that don’t interest you, will be a thing of the past. You’ll not only enjoy fitness tailored to your needs as a senior but you may even meet a few new friends in class!
8. Transportation services
Trips to the mall, grocery shopping and medical appointments are standard offerings within most senior living communities. Additional rides may be easily arranged, sometimes for an extra charge or pre-arranged as part of the monthly fee depending upon your community.
Whether relaxing to you means gardening, golfing, reading or shopping with friends, these are part of everyday life in a seniors’ community. When you choose to travel, there are no worries about finding a house sitter; your place will be looked after.
10. The perfect time to downsize
Think of this as your opportunity to downsize. Rather than counting the number of boxes you’ll need, consider distributing heirlooms, mementos and pieces of furniture to your loved ones now, rather than leaving the task to family. It may become a time of giving and reminiscing, that both you and your loved ones will treasure.
Visit Retirement Homes in Ontario page on SeniorsZen.com to learn more about retirement communities in ON.
Written by Alice Lucette
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