5 Ways Today’s Senior Living Communities Have Changed for the Better

Many older adults have memories of visiting grandma in a “nursing home” when they were young, evoking thoughts of a clinical place where seniors are just existing, not really living. But that was then, and this is now. In the 21st century, senior living communities give residents what they want — vibrant, active, and fun places to live where older adults have all the benefits of home, and so much more. To really understand how great senior living communities are today, take a look at some of the changes for the better.

1. Independence is a priority

Unlike in the past, senior living communities are places where seniors can truly be independent, not only due to the accessible design of the buildings, but also for the close proximity of everything they need. Residents can move freely around senior living communities, even if they have mobility issues, and enjoy all the amenities offered. Seniors who no longer drive also have free professional transportation on hand to take them where they want to go. At the same time, senior living communities offer a level of safety and security that is second to none which increases independence and peace of mind for seniors and their families. For a look at the independent lifestyle in today’s senior living communities, check out our blog, “A Day in the Life of Older Adults in a Senior Living Community.”

2. Engaging environment

One of the greatest changes in senior living communities is the emphasis on providing a vibrant and engaging environment where residents have a variety of things to do, places to go and people to spend time with. Gone are the days when older adults just sat around staring at the television or alone in their rooms because there was nothing going on. Today’s senior living communities are beehives of activity designed to get residents involved with hobbies, games, physical fitness, and each other. Senior living experts know the importance of social interaction for older adults and go the extra mile to ensure residents have plenty of choices to make each day the best it can be. Find out what top senior living communities have to offer in our blog, “Boredom Busters: Top Amenities to Expect from Today’s Senior Living Communities.”

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3. Just the right level of care

The best senior living communities recognize that each resident is unique and has different care needs. So, each new resident who needs care is assessed to determine the type and level of care necessary to remain independent, healthy, and fulfilled. Perhaps they prefer assisted living where help can range from a little assistance with medication management to daily help with personal hygiene and dressing. Or for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, care may include all of the above as well as 24/7/365 oversight and security, so they don’t wander. The best part is that senior living communities have the professionals on hand to see to the individual care each resident needs when they need it. Not sure which is best? Check out our blog, “A Look at the Care Options in Senior Living Communities.”

4. No more cookie-cutter apartments

For those who remember how nursing home apartments were all the same, senior living communities have come a long way. Residents now have apartment choices and are encouraged to furnish and decorate them as they please. Although designed with accessibility and safety in mind, today’s senior living communities offer different size apartments with different floor plans, modern appliances, plenty of natural light and storage, and easy access to all the community has to offer. Residents can make their living space their home, not just a place to stay, making the transition to senior living much easier. For a look at how to do it right, our blog, “Make It Your Own: 6 Tips for Decorating Your Senior Living Home,” offers great ideas.

5. A healthy, purposeful lifestyle

Today’s senior living communities are designed around the fact that a healthy lifestyle is the key to a long and happy life. But even more important is the emphasis on living with purpose, something experts say can not only make us feel good, but also reap a variety of mental and physical health benefits and ultimately live longer. Senior living communities like Thrive encourage residents to pursue their passions like taking a photography class, learning how to cha-cha or samba, mentoring or volunteering their time so that everyone achieves the sense of purpose that makes life good. Find out if senior living fits your lifestyle in our blog, “Is Senior Living the Right Choice for Me?

Luxury senior living communities like Thrive Senior Living, are truly wonderful places to call home, but don’t take our word for it. For more about choosing the right senior living community, download our Family Decision Guide. Learn more about Thrive’s communities, housing choices and amenities by contacting us today!

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