Thinking about a move to a retirement community? Although this transition can seem overwhelming at first, people who have made the move report that it was one of the best decisions they have ever made for themselves. They are able to enjoy a rich social life, . And their reasons are as much practical as they are personal.
Most people are either moving from the home that they’ve lived in for years or from a residence to which they’ve already downsized. Some move from out of the area to be closer to their adult children while others have lived in Maine for much of their lives. In either case, the benefits of living in a retirement community are many and include a rich social life, worry-free living, and freedom from the hassles of home repair and maintenance.
Freedom from Managing a Home. No more worries about maintaining a home, managing the upkeep, or even changing a light bulb. Many retirement communities have staff that takes care of snow removal and property maintenance, both inside and out. Housekeepers clean your apartment weekly, provide seasonal intensive cleaning, and at The Atrium we offer weekly flat linen service. If anything arises – like a light bulb that’s gone out – simply call the front desk for staff assistance.
Access to Dining, Exercise, Cultural Events and More. Many communities provide extensive in-house options as well as excursions to local happenings. You will find yourself enjoying meals with new friends and choosing from exercise classes, swimming in the pool, attending lectures or concerts, playing bridge, or relaxing in your apartment. Throughout the week, most communities arrange for excursions. At The Cedars we go to area restaurants, plays, the symphony, museum exhibits, or a senior college class. Outings that were once a special treat become part of your everyday life.
Transportation. Scheduled rides to doctor’s appointments, your accountant, the grocery store, or the library help keep you independent. Many communities offer opportunities to schedule these personal trips in addition to the community excursions on their events calendar. At The Cedars, residents schedule their own trips throughout the week. Even those residents who drive their own cars enjoy this personal service, especially in the winter months.
Peace of Mind that comes from knowing that staff is right there, in the event they are needed. And should additional personal support be necessary on either a short or long term basis, many communities like The Cedars offer home health support services as well as a continuum of senior living options on their campus, such as assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services.
All of these conveniences and amenities lead to a lightness of spirit in knowing that your many of your needs will be met and that visits from friends and family will be just that – time to enjoy lunch in the café, a walk around the grounds, or a swim in the pool with those you love. You can enjoy life and get back to living.