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Is It Time To Consider Retirement Communities For Mom Or Dad?

Many don’t think about retirement communities for their loved ones until they become sick or begin to need help with daily tasks. But retirement communities today offer so much more than physical care. There’s been a shift from a strictly clinical focus to one of engagement and care for the whole person; including your loved one’s social, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. And because of the lifestyle benefits, seniors are moving to these communities earlier than ever now. So, how do you know when it’s time to consider retirement communities in Virginia for your mom or dad? We’re so glad you asked.

Retirement Communities Defined

While there are many types of retirement communities in Virginia, independent living is typically an entry point for active seniors who require little daily assistance, but seek a vibrant social community free of the hassle of chores and home upkeep.

 

Services and amenities typically include:

  • Choice of accommodations such as an apartment, townhome or cottage
  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Housekeeping and laundry service
  • Exercise programs
  • Concierge services
  • Transportation
  • Variety of social opportunities, activities and clubs

Is An Independent Living Retirement Community A Good Fit?

Independent living communities in Virginia are seen as a place to start the next chapter of life; where your loved one can truly start to make the most of retirement. That may sound great, but how do you know if the time is really right? Ask your loved one these questions to see if they’d benefit from a more active, convenient and carefree lifestyle than they currently have at home.

 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR LOVED ONE Yes No
 Are you tired of cleaning, cooking, household repairs and yard work?    
 Can you get around easily by yourself?    
 Are you able to manage your own medications and personal care?    
 Do you have as many active friendships as you’d like?    
 Would you like to find a new hobby or try something new?    
 Are you seeking more purpose in life?    
 Is it becoming harder to fill your calendar with fun, engaging activities?    
 Is driving becoming more difficult?    

Benefits Beyond Lifestyle

We’ve talked quite a bit about the lifestyle benefits of independent living retirement communities — because there are so many of them! But, there are other important benefits as well.

The first is socialization. Isolation and depression are common among seniors living at home; particularly when living alone after a spouse passes, and can negatively impact your loved one’s overall health and well-being. Social opportunities are a huge plus for seniors in independent living as you have a range of educational and enrichment programs as well as organized activities and outings to enjoy.

Last but certainly not least. Another draw for seniors to move to independent living when they’re healthy is the peace of mind. Many independent living retirement communities in Virginia are on campuses that offer a full continuum of care like Richfield Living. In addition to independent living, we offer assisted living, memory care, nursing care and even short-term rehab if you should ever need these services. It’s an invaluable comfort knowing all your needs can be met in one place, without the worry of moving again, even as your loved one’s health evolves.

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