Independence is something we all crave and strive to maintain, making it challenging for us to ask for or accept help from time to time. As we get older, our desire for independence can also make it difficult to know or accept when it may be time to consider additional options like an assisted senior living community.
A common misconception is that you will lose your independence by living in a senior living community, which is simply not true. These communities offer a lifestyle that can help you to maintain or enhance your independence. With team members at the community taking care of the time-consuming, everyday tasks like maintenance and upkeep, you are free to live your life exactly the way you want. Leaving you more time to visit with friends and family and pursue your interests.
Throughout Alabama, Community Senior Life communities offer senior living options ranging from independent living to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Our goal is to promote an environment that fosters independence while providing support and assistance in the areas that each resident needs.
However, we know that transitioning into senior living is a significant step, so we want to help you recognize when it may be time to start the process.
You Have a Chronic Health Condition
According to the National Council on Aging, “approximately 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two.” Chronic diseases and other medical conditions can impact an individual’s ability to not only care for themselves but also maintain their home and handle other responsibilities.
If you have one or more medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it may be beneficial to consider an assisted senior living community. A senior living community can offer a maintenance-free lifestyle so that you have more time to focus on your health and wellness, as well as provide you with a team of caregivers who can help you manage your conditions, medications, and more.
Your Socialization Opportunities are Limited
We often take for granted the positive impact social interactions can have on our mental wellness. As Joyce Carol Oates once said, “loneliness is like starvation: you don’t realize how hungry you are until you begin to eat.” Unfortunately, as we get older, our socialization opportunities can become limited – we leave the workforce, children grow up and move away, etc.
If you live on your own and feel yourself craving more social interaction, senior living is a perfect solution. Our Community Senior Life communities offer activities and encourage individuals to interact with one another, forming a true sense of community. Beyond scheduled events and programs, residents can connect during meals, as neighbors, and more.
You Could Use Support with Everyday Tasks
We all have days when we choose to stay in our pajamas but choosing to stay in our pajamas all day is different than not getting dressed because it is too difficult. If you find yourself needing assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) like personal hygiene tasks, mobility, or general home maintenance, transitioning into an assisted senior living community could be the best option to maintain your independence and improve your overall quality of life.
Healthy Aging Means Healthy Eating
Furthermore, if what you eat becomes more about convenience and less about nutrition, it can impact the way your body functions. Assisted senior living communities take care of these tasks for you. At Community Senior Life, we provide delicious meals and snacks that focus on nutrition.
The goal of our senior living communities throughout Alabama is to support our residents in the areas they need while encouraging independence whenever possible. We work hard to ensure that each individual’s personal needs and preferences are met and provide opportunities for stimulation and engagement.
The decision to move into an assisted senior living community is significant, but it could improve your overall quality of life. To learn more about our communities or the senior living services we provide, we invite you to contact a member of our team or visit our website.