What to Look For When Choosing the Right Retirement Community

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What to Look For When Choosing the Right Retirement Community

June 21st, 2021

Making the decision to move to a retirement community can involve a great deal of thought and research. If you or a loved one is considering the pros and cons of a retirement community versus aging in place in your home, there are many factors to consider.  

Knowing what information is relevant and asking the right questions is an important part of the process of choosing the right retirement community.

Nowadays there are several wonderful options for people to consider when they choose to enter senior living. This blog will detail your options so you can choose the right retirement community.

An Independent Living Community

An independent living community is designed for seniors of retirement age to be able to live a fully active lifestyle, without the need of senior care of any kind. The advantage of this type of community is it gives residents total freedom from home maintenance, repair, housekeeping and yard work. 

Dining options are often available, further freeing residents to spend their days doing what they want to do, rather than constantly having to spend time tending to their own basic needs. There’s access to transportation for those who want it, and there are typically an ongoing series of on-site services and amenities that keep residents busy, socially engaged and entertained.  

A real advantage to an independent living community is the fact that you live among like-minded people who are seeking the same sort of senior lifestyle based on common interests. This makes it easy to meet people and engage with friends. It’s been proven time and again that staying socially engaged is crucial to a person’s health, longevity and daily quality of life, especially as they grow older.

An Assisted Living Community

An assisted living community is a great option for older adults who may enjoy basic senior care options. Along with housekeeping and meal preparation, there is the added benefit of help with personal hygiene and personal care, scheduling and transportation to doctor visits, help with medication and healthcare management, and quick access to medical attention if necessary.

Assisted living facilities are worth considering when choosing the right retirement community because along with a higher level of care, they also offer an ongoing series of social events and programs, fitness activities and social gatherings for fun and entertaining interactions with friends. There are also learning opportunities and supervised crafting and art activities. It’s an easy way for active seniors to enjoy fun activities of daily living while receiving personal care that can make life easy and worry free.

Memory Care 

If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, a memory care community is important to consider when choosing the right retirement community. Even though there’s no cure for age-related cognitive decline, memory care programs can greatly increase quality of life, and can in some cases even delay progression of symptoms with enjoyably challenging mental activities, exercise programs and optimal nutrition. 

A memory care community will also include a safe and calming environment to help your loved one feel at ease. There will be help available 24 hours a day, and security protocols in place to prevent accidents, wandering, and to compassionately manage the emotional outbursts that can be a symptom of dementia conditions.

Skilled Nursing Care 

A skilled nursing care community differs somewhat from an assisted living community, in that the care provided is more consistent and hands-on each day. If you or your loved one is recovering from an illness or injury, or if age related issues require more focused professional attention, then a skilled nursing care community should be considered.

The focus in a skilled nursing community is the same as in all other senior communities; maximum quality of life. The nurses and other healthcare professionals take special care to attend to the medical needs of residents, but these communities also provide active seniors opportunities for social engagement, entertainment, learning seminars, gatherings, activities and crafts. 

Quality Care at Garden Plaza

One of the great advantages of a senior living community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory care all in one place is that a resident can move from one level of care to another without having to uproot and move to another home entirely. Their resident friends, professional staff friends, and the location they have chosen to call home all do not have to change.

This is known as a continuing care retirement community, and a great option when choosing the right retirement community.

Garden Plaza in Florissant, Missouri, offers these continuing levels of care, from the total freedom of independent living, to the compassionate services of assisted living and memory care. If you want a beautiful place to call home, with top-rated services and amenities even as your needs change, contact us and let us show you how we can help you thrive and grow, and continue to live your best life for years to come.