A question that many people will wonder upon retirement is where to go next. Many seniors often want to downsize and find a community where they can interact with others who are similar in age and life experiences. Over 55 communities are becoming popular for that very reason.
So what exactly do seniors want in a retirement community? What benefits are there to gain by moving to one? Let’s find out!
Here are just a few of the key features that senior look for in a retirement community.
1. Home and Comfort
Many seniors feel discouraged when their environment feels like a facility or hospital rather than that of a house. Retirement communities should be unlike this in the fact that there should be a heavy emphasis on comfort and homeliness. A truly great senior community needs to focus on making the residents feel as if they truly belong to the space they’re now living in.
2. Community and Connection
A person’s overall happiness is often helped by a continuum of strong social connections and pleasant interactions. Making opportunities in which the senior community can both interact with each other and form friendships with the staff is imperative as it will keep the feeling of loneliness and isolation away.
3. Health and Safety
How a retirement community chooses to light and structure the building needs to be a big focus upon designing it for seniors. Keeping everything level and well lit will mitigate a resident’s fatigue while also keeping as many falls and accidents from happening as possible.
4. Trustworthy Team Members
The staff is one of the biggest things that can make or break a senior care community. With how often the elders and they will be interacting it’s mandatory that trustworthy people full of love and patience be hired.
No one wants to live in a community in which there’s nothing to do. Putting together events and taking trips away from the property is a necessary part of keeping things fun and relaxing. On top of this, activities also allow residents to find common interests within each other helping relationships form that might have never developed otherwise.
6. Ways to Grow and Have Fun
Just because someone is retired does not mean they don’t have any more chances to grow and change. Senior care should offer both exercise and education to anyone who wishes to improve their mind and body. Maintaining active in this way will also keep the residents from a do-nothing lifestyle that sometimes develops in retirement communities.
7. Social Opportunities
Senior communities that offer clubs, recreational events, and happy hours will thrive in their social aspect. As a senior, it will be hard to be bored when you have all these chances to make new friends at every turn. Allowing things such as contact with family and the chance to forge new bonds helps a retirement community feel less like a facility and more like home.
8. Reasonable Price
For many seniors, the cost is a heavy factor when it comes to deciding which retirement community is right for them. Depending on whether or not a senior is in need of assisted living also plays into if they can afford it or not. Keeping a retirement community at a fair and reasonable price will increase both the appeal of the facility but also the senior’s peace of mind as well.
9. Having Proper Medical Assistance and Therapy (if needed)
Having proper medical assistance on standby in case something goes wrong or if a resident is in need of therapy can go a long way. Even if it is never needed, just the idea that it’s there can ease a lot of people’s minds and will make them feel much safer.
If you are looking for a high-quality, resident-centered senior care facility to live or work in, look no further. Colavria Hospitality is a local, family-owned management and consulting company specializing in skilled nursing communities and senior living in the greater Denver area. Our wide capacity for assistance and rehabilitation ensures maximum care for all residents.