Making the decision to move from your own home into retirement living is never easy. You might wonder, "What would retirement living be like?  Will I lose my independence?  Am I ready for this lifestyle?”  If you are experiencing any of these feelings you are not alone. Transitioning into an assisted living lifestyle requires careful planning and preparation.  The following points may help you decide if retirement living is right for you.
 
Social

The scientific community has identified countless health benefits in connection with an active social life.  Some of these benefits include lowering blood pressure, maintaining strong immune systems and even relieving chronic pain.  Do your personal circumstances restrict your socialization?  Perhaps you are no longer driving, does this affect how often you see your friends? Retirement living promotes social independence, seniors are able to associate with friends in the comfort of their home.  If you are coping with feelings of isolation and loneliness search for a retirement facility that reminds you of your home, a place where you feel welcomed and comfortable.  

Nutrition

No matter what our age, a balanced diet helps our minds and bodies function at their best.  For seniors, maintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge for a number of reasons.  As we age our appetite changes, you may find that you do not have a strong desire to eat much of anything.  Compounding the issue, quick and convenient food choices often lack essential nutrients.  If left unchecked an unbalanced diet can lead to memory loss, poor balance and an increased chance of falling.  Ask yourself, Do I eat three healthy meals a day?  Do I feel weak or less energetic?  Are my clothes becoming loose or baggy on me?  Would I benefit from having my meals prepared for me?
 
Safety
 
Sadly many seniors postpone moving into an assisted living environment until they have a devastating fall or are experiencing some other health crisis.  Retirement homes offer supportive environments that reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.  If an emergency does arise, trained medical staff are onsite to provide fast expert assistance and care.  Are you worried about falling in your home?  Would your family feel better knowing medical staff are close by?      

If you answered yes to some of the questions consider retirement living might be the right choice for you. You are warmly invited to join us for a complementary lunch and tour of our home. Carrington Place offers private suites with step in showers and support services that enable seniors to maintain an independent lifestyle.  Please contact our Community Relations Director to book a trial stay and decide for yourself.