Five great reasons to choose independent living for your loved ones
November 29, 2017
Watching parents lose their independence as they age is one of the most challenging realities we face.
About 14 percent of all people over age 65 have two to three chronic conditions that erode their ability to live independently. Fortunately, options are far more varied than the antiquated view of an “old folks home.” When the timing is right, begin a gentle conversation with your parents about their choices and decisions.
Here are five benefits of moving to a community designed especially for them.
Assisted living communities are set up to provide a safe, comfortable environment for aging loved ones. You don’t have to worry about a dangerous fall down the stairs. And your parents don’t have to worry about hiring someone to fix a leak or shovel the snow on the sidewalk. The team at Chestnut Ridge encourages residents to remain as independent as possible, but we take care of the details to ensure their health and safety.
A healthy diet is more important than ever. At Chestnut Ridge, every meal is homemade for the added comfort and emotional well-being of our residents. One of the amenities we offer is a large dining room that leads to a newly remodeled patio, as well as a private dining room for on-site family gatherings.
Many senior citizens can no longer drive (or choose not to). We can arrange transportation for residents to get to nearby events and appointments. But with all of the options available on site, your parent may not ever want to leave the community!
A good community doesn’t force involvement, but rather encourages residents to try different activities. Socialization is perhaps the prime reason why those who initially believe that they won’t like the change end up thriving. When lifelong friends are no longer around, it’s easy for loneliness and depression to set in. Chestnut Ridge offers the opportunity for your loved once to once again enjoy the company of peers. They can play cards, listen to music, exercise, enjoy the Juice Bar, attend community events and more.
- Medical care
At Chestnut Ridge, independent living residents can opt to seek medical assistance whenever it’s needed. When residents feel ill and wish to go to the doctor, they have convenient access to nearby medical practices. Should a fall or other emergency occur in the building, our team would immediately call 911 and stay until EMTs arrive.
While moving to a community that provides assistance with daily living may not be the answer for everyone, the choice certainly helps many lead healthier, happier lives.