As much as you may want to continue living on your own and handling your own affairs, it is important for you to know when you may require extra assistance with your daily activities. Active adult communities are great places for you to go and start a new life while receiving that little extra help that you need.
There is no reason for you to feel ashamed or embarrassed about needing help since it something that happens to many older citizens. If you don’t want to add to the responsibilities and obligations of friends and loved ones, you should consider finding a senior community that will welcome you with open arms and help make your transition and remaining years much more comfortable.
There are many different places that claim that they can offer you a life that is very similar to the one you have to leave behind. What you need to be aware of is the fact that some of these places are designed for people who need continuous monitoring and assistance and others are designed for those who need very minimal monitoring and assistance. You need to determine which type of scenario benefits you the most and pick a place that is most appropriate for you. When it comes to adult active communities, instead of relying on what you have read in the pamphlets and brochures you have received, make time to go and see firsthand what living at those places is like.
While you are touring these active adult communities, you need to talk to some of the residents there and find out how well they are enjoying their stay. Let the staff show you why you should pick their particular facility versus any others. Learn what the amenities and daily activities are. Find out how the staff handles medication management. Does the facility let you have your own room or do you have to share with someone else? Do you still get to have your sense of freedom and privacy or is it infringed upon by the staff? How well do you like the place and how comfortable do you feel in the environment? Is the staff properly licensed for the roles they have within the organization? These are some of the questions you should have in mind while you are looking at different active adult communities.
Keep in mind that it may take several visits for you to choose the best place to spend your golden years. You may need to visit active adult communities at different times of the day to help you further discriminate between your choices. These visits will help make it easier for you to accept that you will be better off in a place where you can socialize and get to develop relationships with others that have and are undergoing some of the changes and adjustments you are. Once you have found the perfect place to make your new home, you will be able to enjoy the freedom without compromising your safety.