The Decision: Moving or Staying for Seniors

September 3, 2014

Choosing to move to a new living arrangement or stay in a current home is big decision for most seniors. These days, many people age 55 and older like to make plans ahead of time. Fortunately, there are many residential options that cater to seniors, from trendy senior living apartments to long-term care facilities, if the need arises. The key to making the best choice is to match housing needs with lifestyle, health, and financial needs. From entertainment opportunities to health care services, there are a lot of things to consider when looking into whether to move to a new place or stay put.

Staying in Place[f1]

Many seniors prefer to stay in their current homes. Unless they crave a new lifestyle or have a serious health or money issue, they may find their current living situation more desirable because it is familiar and comfortable territory. And, since these days many people continue to work for a longer portion of their lives, they sometimes find it more convenient to stay close to their current employers, especially if they have been employed by them for a long time. People also like to stay in their current homes when they have a strong network of family and friends that live nearby, and have access to entertainment and other activities. 

With the rise in private duty home care services, it’s easier for some seniors to stay in their houses longer as well. Organizations like Concordia Visiting Nurses offer in-home services like housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing and dressing, laundry, pet care and more.

Moving Someplace New

Typically, older individuals make a decision to move if their family and friends do not live nearby. Many understand how difficult it would be to care for a family member who lives far away if something should happen. There are other good reasons to move as well, since many places meet current needs as well needs that may come up in the future. Retirement communities, senior living apartments and independent retirement communities that transition to long-term care facilities are all often equipped with excellent amenities for seniors. They may find life is easier with housekeeping and community dining rooms that have menu choices. They also might find an exciting new social life or an exercise facility that is geared especially to their age group.  For health issues, there might be access to medical care facilities, and restorative or rehabilitation services. Communities geared to seniors can also offer libraries, pet allowance, and memory care. Although not everybody will want or need these opportunities, they are perks that can add to their quality of life.

Whether you chose to stay at home or move into a senior living facility, it is important that you make the choice you are most comfortable with in order to carry out a healthy lifestyle. For help with the decision, turn to the experts at Concordia Lutheran Ministries. Offering a wide array of senior services, the Concordia campuses can help seniors adjust to life away from home. Whether you are looking for the social offerings and worry-free lifestyle of senior living apartments or villas or are more in need of the around-the-clock professional care provided by long-term nursing care, you can be sure to find your care solution at one of Concordia's many locations in western PA or eastern OH. Learn more about what Concordia's care services can do for you, contact us today!

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