Posted on July 8th, 2016 [permalink]]
Author, Karyn Rizzo “Aging in America Navigating our Healthcare System”
BENEFITS OF SENIOR CARE LIVING
Many aging adults prefer to stay at home where they can enjoy a retirement filled with social, safe and healthy activities. It isn’t surprising that 75% of older adults plan to live in their current homes for the rest of their lives, according to the 2015 United States of Aging Survey, a joint project of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the National Council on Aging, and United Health Care.
However, that isn’t always the reality or choice for every older adult.
According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, slightly more than 5% of the 65 years plus population occupy nursing homes, congregate care, assisted living, and independent senior living.
Throughout the years, on many occasions residents have said “I wished I would have made the move here sooner!” What they weren’t expecting is that their quality of life had increased with socialization, exercise, nutrition, and mental stimulation.
Some benefits to making the move early mean that there are many more options to choose from, before health limitations may set arise. Also, some have actually found that by moving into senior living sooner they have been able to save more money than they had thought.
The key benefits to an older adult choosing and moving into senior living are in four key areas.
Save on Home Expenses
More than 70% of homeowners ages 50 to 64 were still paying their mortgages in 2010, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The expenses of owning a home, in particular an older one, includes updating, property taxes, utilities, and homeowners insurance that can add up to more than $6,000 per year for homeowners. Furthermore, as care needs increase, there is usually a need for grab bars in the showers, ramps, and more.
Senior living communities provide all of these services and allow for their residents to reserve their energy being spent in ways they prefer.
Save your Nutritional Health
Eating well is important for any age group, but as we age it becomes even more crucial to an older adult’s health. Consistently, poor nutrition occurs in the older population, especially after the loss of a spouse. Carefully planned meals and nursing oversight can result in a healthier, longer life span.
Save on Housekeeping
Daily Chores can be hard work, and are often the cause for many home falls. Falls are the leading cause of death in older adults, and a retirement community offers these services to allow for more time in other activities.
Save your Social Fun
Although most aging adults desire active social lives, many may find that limited mobility and other medical issues prevent them from doing so. Many studies have shown a direct connection to the mood and outlook of an aging adult’s life and their physical health. Living in a retirement community offers endless opportunities to develop close social friendships, and engage in hobbies, games, travel, and fun events.
Ultimately, each aging adult has the right to stay in any SAFE environment they call home, however, the benefits to living in retirement communities should not be overlooked. Personally, those who’ve chosen a place for themselves seem to have the highest satisfaction with their retirement activities and overall wellness.
Many communities offer a Respite stay, which is a temporary way to see if the community is a comfortable fit for the resident.
“Aging in America Navigating our Healthcare System” is available on Amazon, Nook, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and at www.agingguidebooke1.com.