Most Canadians reach a point as they age when that large home where they raised their family becomes too much for them to comfortably maintain. Unless you can afford a live-in housekeeper and gardener, regular tasks like keeping the lawn mowed, dusting your possessions and even cooking three healthy meals a day can become overwhelming. At this point, it's time to look at options that still allow you a modicum of independence while reducing the day-to-day obligations that come with owning a home. However, which option makes the most sense--moving to an assisted living community or simply renting a smaller living space, such as an apartment, where most of the maintenance and lawn care is handled by the owner?
Advantages of an assisted living community
Assisted living communities vary widely. However, most offer individual living spaces (either rooms or apartments) as well as community facilities like a dining room, lounge and garden. Most also offer meals, cleaning service and a daily calendar of activities.
1. It's a community. One of the chief advantages to an assisted living facility is that it's a community, where you'll find other people your own age and with similar interests. There are also organized activities to participate in if you choose. This can be a real plus for someone who's just lost a spouse or whose children live far away.
2. Health care is nearby, if needed. Many assisted living facilities are paired with care facilities. This can be an advantage if a resident needs emergency care and/or if the person's health declines to the point that he or she need constant care. With such an arrangement, they can simply be moved to another part of the facility and not have to completely relocate.
3. Meals and cleaning are included. Unlike independent living, most assisted living communities offer three healthy meals a day as well as a weekly cleaning service.
Reasons to consider an apartment instead of assisted living
While an independent apartment reduces the amount of maintenance required, tenants still are responsible for cleaning their own unit and seeing to their own meals. However, there are a few reasons why an apartment might be preferable to an assisted living community.
1. You entertain friends often. While your friends and family are welcome to visit you at an assisted living community, there is limited space for things like holiday dinners or overnight guests.
2. You enjoy having younger people around. When you opt for an assisted living community, most of the people you see on a daily basis will be around your own age. If you like the sound of children playing and/or chatting with younger people, an apartment might be a better option for you.
Assisted living communities afford a way to reduce daily chores while still retaining a good deal of independence. However, these types of facilities aren't the right choice for every older homeowner. It's wise to consider the pros and cons of moving to such a community before you make a final decision.
For more information, contact a professional like Central Place Retirement Community Senior Living.