Ask Yourself These Important Questions When Considering Moving Into a Senior Living Community

Moving into a senior living community can be a big decision to make. You might have lived in your own home for several years and don’t want your everyday routine to change.

However, there may come a time when a senior living community can be a safe option to consider as you navigate your golden years. If you’re unsure what steps to take next, ask yourself these questions:

How Much Help Do I Want and Need?

How much help you want and realistically need can sometimes guide you toward the most appropriate senior living community. For example, an Independent Living program might be right for you if you can live independently quite comfortably and just want to live in a more social and supportive environment.

In such a program, you can make new friends and benefit from a range of convenient services and amenities to make life more fulfilling and rewarding.

Where Do I Want to Live?

Asking yourself where you want to live is among the most critical questions. You may not be as happy as you could be if you choose a senior living community in an area that doesn’t suit your needs.

You might prefer to move to a desirable vacation destination, somewhere warm and tropical where you’ve never lived before. Alternatively, you might be eager to stay in a community you’ve known and loved for many years. Many seniors also want to be close to their friends and family.

Do I Want to Meet New People?

It can sometimes be hard to make new friends as you get older. You may not get out as much as you once did, or you can’t meet people in places you used to, like working environments.

Moving into a senior living community that prioritizes socialization can be worthwhile if you want to meet new people and form lasting friendships. Such communities typically host regular events, activities, and classes to help residents socialize and have fun together.

Do I Want to Cook or Have Someone Cook for Me?  

It can be worth asking yourself whether you want to keep cooking for yourself or have someone take care of this task for you. Most highly-regarded senior living communities have an on-site culinary team to prepare at least three fresh and delicious meals every day. This means you can hang up the apron for good if you wish to!

However, as most community accommodation also has kitchenettes or full kitchens, you may also be able to cook for yourself or enjoy special meal packages if you prefer.

Do I Want My Pet to Come With Me?

Many older adults would much rather stay in their own homes, even if they’re no longer safe or healthy, if it means they don’t have to part with their pets. Our pets are like family to us, so it’s only natural to ask yourself whether you’d want to move into a community where your pet was allowed.

Fortunately, many of the best senior living communities are pet-friendly. You are often allowed your dog or cat in your apartment, and you can even walk your dog around the community.

Do I Need Help Getting Around?

Running errands can sometimes be a little tougher as you get older. You might not be as mobile to walk to the local stores. You might also no longer have a vehicle or license to attend medical appointments and purchase groceries.

As a result, it can be worth asking whether you’ll need help getting around. If you do, the community you choose should be one that helps residents lead independent lives. Many of the best communities offer scheduled transportation for residents to attend appointments and get everyday essentials. They also provide convenient services like housekeeping and maintenance.

Schedule a Tour of Ansel Park Independent Living Today

You’ve likely got many questions for yourself, but you might also have a few for us! If you’re ready to start exploring a new living environment, schedule a tour of Ansel Park Independent Living today. You can ask questions, tour our grounds, and learn why our residents happily call this beautiful community their home.

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