In your senior years, one of the biggest decisions you have is whether to age in place or move to a senior living community. More and more baby boomers are approaching senior living; but before they can think about senior communities for themselves, they must consider it for their parents.
According to a recent survey, baby boomers have several concerns about senior communities. The study found that while 37% consider themselves highly or somewhat likely to move their aging loved ones into senior housing, 70% are concerned that doing so will put their loved one's independence at risk. The majority of survey respondents also worried their loved one would feel lonely and/or bored and not receive the same level of attention after moving to a senior living community.
In this blog, we'll discuss baby boomers' top fears concerning senior living in more detail, as well as put those concerns at bay.
1. Loss of Independence
Many baby boomers associate senior living communities with a loss of independence. In actuality, seniors can gain more independence at senior communities. Senior communities eliminate tedious, time-consuming chores, like cooking and cleaning, giving seniors the freedom to spend their time however they want. Unlike at home, senior communities offer activities and entertainment, as well as transportation, so seniors can so the things they actually enjoy doing.
Baby boomers are concerned their love one will feel lonelier after moving to a senior community. However, the opposite is usually the case. When seniors live alone they may have little interaction with the outside world. Social engagement is very important for seniors and is linked to improved health and happiness. At senior communities, seniors are surrounded by others who are of the age and have similar interests. Seniors always have someone to talk to and hang out with.
3. Less Attention
Another fear is your loved ones won't receive the same level of attention as they would at home. Whether you're considering a nursing home or assisted living community, seniors will receive the attention and care they need and deserve. To ease your fears, plan regular visits to check in on your loved one to ensure he/she is happy and healthy.
Are you afraid your loved one will feel bored at a senior community? Consider this— modern senior communities are like luxury hotels, resorts, and cruise ships. So in addition to being surrounded by other likeminded people, your loved one will have access to a wide range of great amenities and activities, so they'll have no time to feel bored. Between the field trips, fitness activities, personal enrichment classes, and live entertainment, there's always something to keep seniors active and entertained.
Many baby boomers feel guilty about sending their loved one to live in a senior community. This is may be because boomers have an unrealistic notion about what the communities are actually like. Senior communities aren’t the dull, lonely, and boring places many expect them to be. As previously described, there is a ton to do; with the plethora of people and activities and the personalized care and support, seniors often see improvements to their health and mood after their move.
With that said, the decision for a senior community shouldn't be taken lightly. Involve your loved one in the process, so you can ensure you are choosing a community that perfectly suits them, and maintain regular contact after the move.
6. Lack of Finances
Baby boomers are concerned their loved one doesn't have enough money saved to live in senior housing. If you have this concern, refer to our Senior Housing Finance Guide. There are many types of assistance and insurance your loved one may be eligible for to minimize the financial impact of senior living.
7. Poor Diet
Lastly, boomers are worried their loved one's diet will worsen after moving to senior housing. Seniors who age in place are often responsible for preparing their own meals. As a result, seniors eat less, have a poor diet, or even skip meals. At senior communities, nutrition is a top priority. Seniors are given delicious chef-prepared and nutrient-rich meals to keep them healthy. Therefore, it's much easier for seniors to maintain a healthy diet at a senior community. In fact, many who arrive with little appetite and poor nutrition often regain their appetite and health after the move.
If you are considering moving your loved one to a senior community, it's common to have some concerns. But, as long as you do your research and choose a reputable community, you can trust your loved one will be healthier and happier there. Finding assisted living facilities can be a long and overwhelming process. At SilverFox.care, we make it easy. Visit us online today to begin your search!