As individuals advance in age, they, along with their families, need to consider the ways in which their health, happiness, and comfort will be ensured as their needs change. Aging may come with many challenges, including limited mobility, health concerns, and mental and emotional stress.
As they face these challenges, it’s important for seniors to be able to maintain a sense of freedom and control over their lives. Aging in place, which refers to older people living out the remainder of their lives in their own homes rather than a care facility, gives them greater independence and comfort.
One way to age in place is to move to a senior living community. Moving to a community of like-minded people of one’s own age, especially while they are still relatively young and healthy, gives seniors the chance to experience the benefits of aging in place and living out their sunset years in the comfort of their own homes.
#1. Emotional Well-Being
Homes aren’t just physical spaces people live in. They represent one’s personality, provide comfort, and embody years of memories. Aging in place preserves seniors’ identity and sense of belonging.
Additionally, aging in place can ease some of the mental and emotional challenges that come with aging. Some of these challenges include anxiety about the future, uncertainty about one’s health, memory loss, or even more serious conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia. When seniors stay in their homes as they age and spend their time in a familiar environment, they experience greater emotional stability and reduced stress and anxiety.
#2. Independence, Autonomy, and Accessibility
Depending on residents’ individual needs, long-term care facilities can be restrictive. Residents often don’t have control over aspects of their lives and are unable to make certain decisions for themselves.
When seniors remain in their own homes, they have greater independence and the power to decide for themselves where to go, what to do, and how they want to be cared for. Homes in retirement communities are accessible for people with mobility challenges, which allows residents who use wheelchairs, canes, or walkers to comfortably navigate their homes. The lack of stairs, wide doorways, and wide turning radiuses in hallways ensure these homes remain suitable for seniors if their mobility becomes limited as they age.
#3. Supportive Community Connections
A helping hand or listening ear is invaluable to anyone, but especially to people who are navigating the changes in their life that come with getting older. Aging in place as part of a senior living community provides a priceless support system and allows residents to forge connections with people at the same stage of life.
Settling down to live one’s golden years in a neighborhood of people with shared life experience allows retirees and seniors to build friendships that will become even more important as they age and their needs change.
#4. Personalized Care
Aging in place in their own home gives seniors the chance to receive personalized, one-on-one care from home healthcare aides, family members, and loved ones. This allows them to create stronger bonds with their caregivers and ensures all their needs are met.
#5. Healthy Aging
When retirees engage in an active lifestyle as they age, they experience improved mental and physical health and a longer, happier life.
Long-term care facilities provide medical care, but residents often experience a feeling of isolation or loneliness. Opting for a senior living community where residents can age in place allows them to remain active members of their community and engage with their surroundings. They can continue participating in the hobbies and activities they enjoy, which promotes greater well-being.
Aging in Place at Leisure Villas
Leisure Villas is Utah’s premier builder of communities for people 55 years and older. We prioritize active living and incorporate various amenities into our communities. Our residents enjoy walking trails, garden plots, pickleball courts, pools, gyms, movie theaters, libraries, and clubhouses. There’s no shortage of activities to do, including potluck dinners, service projects, luncheons, game nights, performances, and aerobics classes.
The best part of these amenities and activities is that residents’ families are welcome to join! We understand that time with family is especially important to seniors, so our residents’ children and grandchildren are encouraged to come participate in all the fun.
For more information about Leisure Villas communities, take a tour of one of our neighborhoods or peruse our website. If you’re interested in moving to one of our communities, contact us to get answers to any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!