If you are searching for support to both age and live well for yourself or a loved one, imagine the freedom from endless home maintenance, having a helping hand with daily tasks and the joy of meeting new friends at social events.
These are only a few of the advantages that senior living offers. If the lifestyle described above sounds appealing, how do you determine if community life would be the best decision?
Knowing which questions to ask can be a great approach to arrive at the right answer.
The Senior Living Decision: 9 Questions to Ask
1. Are you looking for an accessible and age-friendly home?
Many older adults must climb steps and stairs or don’t have a bedroom on the main level. Extensive and expensive renovations are often required, which can greatly influence their senior living decision.
The benefit of senior living: All residences are accessible and move-in ready. An added bonus? They’re also maintenance-free so you can now spend more time on activities you enjoy.
2. Is assistance needed with the tasks of daily living?
Could you or a loved one use a helping hand with bathing safely, grooming or managing medications? Is there a family member, friend or caregiver that could provide assistance?
The benefit of senior living: Assisted living and memory care communities provide this level of care by a compassionate and well-trained staff.
3. Is remaining independent a priority?
For most older adults, self-reliance is at the top of their list. When making the senior living decision, it’s important to realize that assistance and the right amenities can support achieving goals of independence.
The benefit of senior living: You or a loved one may feel even more independent when you receive the necessary help – and no longer need to rely on family and friends as caregivers.
4. Is loneliness or isolation becoming a concern?
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As we grow older, we may lose close friends or family and discover it’s more difficult to meet new people. It can also be a challenge to interact with others when living with chronic conditions or mobility issues.
The benefit of senior living: Communities are designed to encourage engagement with others, whether at the many activities, social events or even crossing paths in the common areas.
5. Are you looking for convenient access to activities?
There are physical and mental health benefits when remaining active. Opportunities to participate in more activities can be a high priority for many older adults when making their senior living decision.
The benefit of senior living: Communities offer a monthly calendar of events to choose from. With all the variety and choices, residents find it easy to remain active and engaged.
6. Are maintaining health and wellness goals a priority?
Most older adults know it’s important to remain physically and emotionally fit but may find it difficult to take advantage of wellness programs, especially if transportation is limited.
The benefit of senior living: Communities provide fitness centers or exercise classes tailored to meet the needs of older adults, including relaxation, strengthening and yoga.
7. Are you finding it more difficult to eat healthy?
Planning, shopping and preparing healthy meals can become more challenging as we grow older. When making the senior living decision, consider the importance of establishing a regular nutritious diet.
The benefit of senior living: Healthy dining programs offered at communities ensure residents enjoy a wide selection of menu items.
8. Are you searching for transportation options?
Driving less or not at all can lead to becoming less active and possible social isolation. It may be more difficult to interact with others if you can’t arrange for rides – or transportation options are limited in your area.
The benefit of senior living: Scheduled transportation is provided at communities so residents are able to attend medical appointments, go shopping or enjoy social events with others.
9. Are you concerned with safety and security?
Adults often feel less secure as they grow older. Increased anxiety about living alone and becoming ill or injured can also be a contributing factor to their senior living decision.
The benefit of senior living: Both the community and the personal residence provide security features. Residents are reassured in knowing someone is always there if help is ever needed.
Retirement living in Waukegan, Illinois
Galloway Senior Living, locally owned and operated, provides luxury and quality care for families in our community.
Assisted Living at Galloway Senior Living offers beautiful and contemporary private residences that range from alcove studios to two-bedrooms and include high-end stainless-steel appliances, maple hardwood cabinets, cultured marble countertops and thoughtfully curated décor and colors.
Our Memory Care community offers a family kitchen, dining room, walking garden, and lounge.
Our services include:
- 24-hour certified nursing assistants, on-staff licensed nurses, medication management, and on-site physician visits
- COVID-19 safety protocols
- Assistance with daily tasks
- Readily available safe transportation
- A fall-reduction program
- In-unit emergency response systems including an electronic monitoring system for exit doors
- On-site entertainment and activities personalized to reflect the residents’ preferences
- Housekeeping and linen services including personal laundry
Amenities you’ll find at Galloway Senior Living include:
- Country Café and Convenience Store
- Salon and Spa
- Theater with 85” television
- Activity and Craft Center
- Game Room
- Library and Business Center
- Fitness Center
If you or your family is considering retirement living in Wadsworth, Illinois, we hope you will visit our community at Galloway Senior Living. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions.
We also invite you to download our complimentary information, Family Decision Toolkit: How to Choose the Right Senior Living Community.