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When Is the Right Time To Move to a Senior Living Community?

Nov 22, 2021

As a savvy senior, you’ve had a plan for every phase of your life. Now, the normal aging process has brought you to a new threshold retirement living and, potentially, a new place to call home. Many seniors feel there’s no real reason to move into a retirement community unless they need the services and support of continuing care. They think as long as they’re healthy and mobile, they should continue to live in their own homes.

Thousands of older adults living today in senior living communities will happily dispel this line of thinking. No health crisis influenced their move and caused them and their family members to make a rushed decision. They were healthy, well, and independent. They simply wanted MORE in their senior years. More activity options. More friends around. More security. With LESS responsibility for housekeeping and maintenance. And the SAME precious independence they enjoyed all their lives.

The Age Factor: When Moving to Senior Living.

Reasons, needs and wants will vary from senior to senior when considering a move to senior living. And, honestly, age should not be a factor in your decision-making. Most people become eligible for senior community living at the age of 55, while retirement communities typically appeal to seniors in their mid-to-late 70s. 

You can still move to a retirement community if you’re younger and looking to embrace the freedom from the burdens of everyday life. It’s a personal decision that suits different people at different stages in their well-planned lives. And, once you make the decision, it’s quite a commitment, so let’s explore a few other situations that might help you decide to move to senior living or even a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). 

Maintenance-Free Living: No More Worry. No More Expense.

No one likes the constant worry and expense of home maintenance, especially when there are many more enjoyable things to do with your time and money. Seniors today can relate  and have no desire to put more attention and energy into a home that’s starting to show small signs of neglect and deterioration. 

They’re looking for an independent lifestyle where interior and exterior maintenance is taken care of by someone else. In addition, many seniors find managing their household finances overwhelming. They’ll have piles and piles of important unopened mail and unpaid bills. If you find yourself in this situation, it only makes sense to consider your senior living options.

Nutritional Needs: Choice and Selection When Dining.

Meal planning and grocery shopping are a challenge for most seniors today many of whom are cooking for one. The situation makes the local drive-through pretty attractive but does not speak well for one’s nutritional needs. Moving to a senior living community would certainly address this problem. Choice and selection in dining venues and menu options are sure to change your mind about eating. And, no cleanup. Does this sound like something you might enjoy? The time may be right for a move. 

Socialization: New Friends and Neighbors.

Friendship is an important part of life and is an indication that one’s life is thriving. While most of us rely on local clubs and church communities to remain socially active, it can be a bad sign if you’re no longer participating and your friendship base is dwindling. 

Do you find yourself lacking interest in regular luncheons with friends and relatives? Is isolation a problem? This can be a cause of concern and an indication that new friends and neighbors would be a real boost to your overall happiness and well-being. It could be the right time to consider a retirement community.

Interesting Activities: And Friends to Join You.

Going hand in hand with increased socialization is adding into your life more fun and fulfilling daily activities with friends who enjoy the same things you do. Making new friends and finding interesting, entertaining things to do can be a real challenge for older adults. The nice thing about moving to an independent living community is that you immediately have a whole new circle of friends within your own peer group. And there’s a lot to do all organized for you. 

At Canterbury Woods Gates Circle, there’s an extensive resident-centered activities calendar that includes scheduled activities, events, amenities and local excursions. All are opportunities for important social engagement.

The Next Step.

Maybe you’ve already decided that moving to a senior living community should be the next step in your lifelong plan. The full realization of your great choice may not be realized until after you’ve made the move. Always keep in mind that you’ll not be giving up your freedom and independence, but you’ll also be enhancing it with more convenience, enjoyment and peace of mind than you ever thought possible.

Continuum of Care

As a Life Care Community, Canterbury Woods Communities provide a comfortable environment and first-rate services to support every level of need. Assisted living apartments allow Gates Circle residents to benefit from additional support while maintaining their independent lifestyle, but if additional support is not needed, independent living is also offered at our Life Care Community. If skilled nursing, rehabilitation or memory care is ever needed, residents can experience the support they require at our sister community in Williamsville.

Contact us today to discover more about Canterbury Woods Gates Circle! ​(716) 427-6678

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