How Do You Know When To Move to Senior Living?

group playing card games after moving to senior living

How do you know when it’s time for you or a senior loved one to move into a retirement community? That question doesn’t have an easy answer because it’s different for every person. Maybe you feel like you’re “too young” to move to senior living – or perhaps you worry about your senior parents’ independence being taken away. 

There are many different factors to consider when you begin thinking about senior living for yourself or a loved one. Age is one, but it’s not the only factor. Although the average age for individuals living in a retirement community is about 84 years old, there are many individuals who choose to move into independent living at a younger age. Others may wait until well into their 80s.

So how do you know when it’s time to move to senior living? The quick answer: It depends. These days, senior living communities like The Oaks at Bartlett Senior Living are designed to help older adults live their best lives, now and in the future. Read on to learn about how transitioning to senior living could benefit you or a senior parent.

No more home maintenance

Mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, managing home care in general … Even if you’re an active, healthy older adult, is that something you really want to continue doing? Moving sooner rather than later into senior living can free you up from the tasks and chores of daily life in a private home. 

Seniors who are still active and independent get a huge boost in their quality of life at our independent living community. All the time that you or a parent might have spent cleaning, cooking, managing repairs, and all the other stuff that comes with owning a home – that’s freed up so you can start enjoying your time on your own terms. 

Additional support as you age

It’s a fact of life that as we age, we will end up needing a higher level of care. Even if you or a senior parent stay relatively healthy throughout life, there are aspects of senior care that we all need to consider: being able to get around, eating healthy and nutritious meals, making sure we’re staying socially active, needing additional care for the long term, and so forth. 

A Continuing Care Retirement Community, also known as a Life Plan Community, offers a continuum of healthcare that allows older adults to age in place with the peace of mind that all their needs can be taken care of “at home,” no matter what that may entail, without having to move to an assisted living community or another form of senior living. 

Life Plan Communities like The Oaks at Bartlett provide a full spectrum of assistance. We offer help with the activities of daily living so our assisted living residents can continue to enjoy life while receiving the assistance they need. Our memory care neighborhood is designed to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to live a meaningful, dignified life. We also provide skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and respite care that allows seniors of all ages and stages to enjoy the benefits offered by the services and amenities available at our community. 

More opportunities to be social 

Sometimes as we get older, it’s easier to just stay at home and not go places we might otherwise visit. This can lead to dwindling social opportunities, which can lead to depression and poor mental health overall. However, at a senior living community like The Oaks at Bartlett, you’ll find incredible opportunities to meet neighbors, stay socially active and become involved in as many clubs and activities as you’d like. 

Our vibrant community has a jam-packed activities schedule that’s filled with fitness, social, occupational and educational opportunities. If you’re ready to meet new friends with similar interests, pick up an old hobby, learn something new, or find a new career in your golden years, our community is the perfect place to make all those things happen. 

Delicious dining at every meal

Whether you enjoy cooking or not, it’s always delightful to be served restaurant-quality food that you don’t have to cook (or clean up after). At our community, our residents’ taste buds are tantalized by the ever-changing menu created by our culinary team. With white linen table service, a professional wait staff and a menu geared to please your palate (and nutritional needs and dietary concerns), every day is a delicious opportunity to savor.

Simplify your life and upsize your lifestyle at The Oaks at Bartlett

If you or a senior parent have been considering moving to a senior living community, The Oaks at Bartlett is here to help shape the retirement lifestyle of your dreams. As a not-for-profit Life Plan Community, we offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and respite care on our 44-acre campus in Bartlett, IL. 

Contact us today to schedule a tour to experience The Oaks for yourself.