Seniors who move to senior living communities oftentimes do it for security, quality of health care, and senior care services. Amenities may be icing on the cake, but it can be crucial as the senior ages.
There are two types of senior living communities: assisted living and independent living. Amenities play a significant role in independent living communities. Most of these communities do not have full-time dedicated staff, and this is where amenities come into play.
Independent living communities are designed for seniors who still want to live independently, but want to have access to help when they need it. Typically, these living communities should have easy access to medical care, dining, entertainment, and hospitality services such as laundry and housekeeping. In choosing an independent living community, take time to do some research and review the amenities they offer.
Fitness and Wellness Center
Most senior living communities have a wellness and fitness center. Have a talk with the community’s wellness director regarding their wellness programs, and how they can help seniors maintain and reach health and fitness goals.
Although books in digital and electronic form are common nowadays, having a library in a community can improve the quality of life. Nothing beats the feeling of browsing through stacks of books and reading one on a lazy afternoon.
Most senior living communities have dining venues such as cafe and diners. Some seniors have specific dining requirement, so it is prudent to talk with the staff how they can meet your needs.
One of the benefits of living in a senior living community is that someone takes care of housekeeping and maintenance. This allows the senior residents to focus on the things that they enjoy and love to do.
Access to Technology
Most senior living communities have technological perks, such as high speed internet at your fingertips. There are highly trained staff members and technicians who ensure that these services are always up for the residents to enjoy.
As you age, you have the peace of mind that you are living in a community that is secured 24/7. Security features such as gates, CCTVs, guards or security staff on duty, and secured parking ensure that everyone in the community is safe and protected.
As seniors age, loneliness can become a problem, which can adversely affect one’s health. Community spaces such as gardens, lobbies, and classrooms for hobby classes allow seniors to socialize with their peers. These reduce isolation and chances of depression.
Health issues and concerns are more common with seniors. Facilities with on-site medical professionals are important so health concerns can be addressed quickly. Most communities also offer transportation to medical facilities for doctor’s appointments.
The decision to move to a senior living community is a big one. Careful considerations must be made. It is important that the quality of life of the senior is maintained, or improved for the better. The amenities that a community offers are not just for aesthetics. They play a significant role in the lifestyle of the seniors in the community.
Written by The Village Of Bedford Walk, a senior living community in Columbia, MO.