Considering moving into a retirement community can be a big, intimidating step. The image immediately comes to mind for most people is that of a nursing home setup, while in reality, the two living arrangements couldn’t be more different.
Nursing homes often limit their tenants’ autonomy by necessity, due to the fact that nursing homes are also medical facilities in their own right. Retirement communities are specifically implemented to maintain their tenants’ independence entirely, while simply providing additional conveniences and opportunities for those living within them.
Once the difference between the two arrangements is clear, assessing the benefits of retirement living becomes much easier. As noted above, retirement homes like Midland Gardens Retirement Residence are designed such that they are able to provide additional services and opportunities on site for their tenants. Each retirement community will provide its own list of benefits and services which makes research vital to choosing the correct living arrangement.
Since each community is so unique, below we’ll focus on a few key benefits of retirement community living that often go overlooked while exploring the various living options available.
1. Home Maintenance and Repairs are Typically Included
Dedicated retirement communities are most often designed to function like large apartment buildings, though there are several exceptions. As we get older, it can become noticeably more difficult to maintain and especially repair issues within a house or apartment. Retirement communities commonly have maintenance staff on hand in order to manage any problem that arises quickly and at no additional cost.
Performing repairs and maintenance in your own unit is acceptable, but having the option of a dedicated maintenance staff member on hand to resolve problems helps to reduce the chance of injury, and manage difficult problems that may have otherwise gotten out of hand quickly.
2. A Sense of Community and Social Opportunities
No matter where you live, a sense of community is always a welcome feeling. Retirement communities provide an easy way to stay connected to others, especially other tenants, with little difficulty. Communities often have events and parties which provide a great opportunity to connect and socialize with others. If you have a preference for doing your own thing, that’s fine too, but the option is always available at a moments notice to get out and interact with others.
The benefit of a community really can’t be overstated. Retirement communities provide an easy way to feel less isolated from others, which is important for maintaining anyone’s mental and personal well being.
3. High Security
One of the most understated benefits of retirement living is that of the improved security a retirement community can often provide. The security benefits are numerous, ranging from additional entrances and exits in the case of a fire or other disaster, units which are built to be fire-safe, separate doors to the premises with their own locks, cameras, sound light and voice notification systems, and 24-hour medical emergency and security staff.
These benefits often go unsaid and even unlisted, so it’s important to ask if you aren’t sure what security benefits are available to a specific community. Overall, however, retirement communities are more secure than most other living arrangements.
4. Improved Health
Despite the fact that retirement communities aren’t medical facilities, they still provide services which can directly impact a tenants health and quality of life in a positive way. The best example is food access. Nutrition is difficult to manage and balance at any age, but retirement communities have an advantage afforded to them.
Communities often provide various on-site food services, whether it’s a dedicated meal plan, or the ability to simply get a meal on site rather than cooking your own for the day. With just this service as an option, tenants always have access to at least 3 good meals per day, without needing to cook on their own if they so choose.
The above benefits are common among most communities, but each community is ultimately unique. The list of services available to a community can differ drastically from another, so it’s important to do some research. With some effort and a bit of research, it’s surprisingly easy to find the perfect retirement arrangement for anyone looking to start the next chapter in their lives.