You’ve probably seen ad after ad for “retirement communities” or “senior living apartments”. You may be asking yourself what the heck these are. You’re not alone. Most of us have watched enough TV to think that retirement communities equate to “nursing homes”. But the “reality” on TV is far from actual reality. In fact, there are many benefits to senior living communities.
What Is a Retirement Community?
First things first, let’s define what a senior living or retirement community is. Senior living communities are kind of a like a “one-stop shop” for daily living. They provide residents with everything that they need – from cooking to cleaning to socializing opportunities to transportation to all their favorite locations.
Think of it this way: senior living communities provide you with everything that you need to continue to live a long, fulfilling life. With ongoing community events and activities, opportunities to make new friends, and chef-prepared meals, you never need to worry about any daily living activities or being lonely.
What retirement communities are not are boring group living centers. You have your own apartment, condo, or townhouse that you personally decorate with your own belongings.
The Rise of Senior Living Apartments
Unfortunately, most associate retirement communities with sterile, almost hospital-like setups. While you can take advantage of assisted living facilities that will offer medical care, that still doesn’t mean it’s a hospital.
Instead, each community offers residents senior living apartments – and sometimes condos or townhouses – that are designed to meet the preferences and requirements of older residents. They’ll have grab bars in the bathroom, elevators and other amenities designed to make your retirement as comfortable as possible.
If you check out the floor plans for The Mansions, you’ll see that all our apartments, condos, and townhouses are extremely spacious and designed to provide you with affordable luxury throughout your golden years.
Benefits of Senior Living Communities
There’s a lot of appeal of staying in your own home. You’re surrounded by “your stuff”, and you can remain in the community that you’ve loved for so many years. Yet, moving to a senior living apartment doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of all your favorite belongings.
Sure, you might have a to downsize a bit. Take it as an opportunity to get rid of all the stuff that you no longer want. There’s bound to be a lot that you’ve accumulated over the years that can be dumped. Still, you might not need to get rid of as much as you think.
If you shop around, you’ll see that many retirement communities offer very spacious apartments or condos. You can move all your favorite photos, furniture, and knickknacks, and decorate your new place like your old.
You Can Remain in Your Old Neighborhood
Moving into a retirement community does not mean leaving all your favorite haunts behind. There are many senior living communities in nearly every neighborhood in the country. So, find the best-rated one in your community.
With the provided transportation, you can be dropped off and picked up at your favorite restaurants, shopping areas or even the movies. Plus, with all the new friends that you’ve made, you’ll have plenty of people to join you on your adventures.
As we grow older, certain activities become harder. But that doesn’t mean that you have to stop doing everything. Retirement communities will have activities for all types of mobility. If you like to go hiking, then find a community near the mountain trails. If you prefer something like water activities or yoga, look for one with an on-site or nearby fitness center or classes.
The biggest advantage of a retirement community is that it allows seniors to stay connected with others. Many seniors live alone, which can lead to loneliness and boredom – which can affect both mental and physical health.
Retirement communities provide ongoing opportunities for social interactions as well as a way to meet new friends – which is especially important as we age.
The Mansions – Redefining Retirement
At The Mansions Independent Senior Living retirement communities, we want to stand out from the average senior living community. We believe in making luxury living affordable for all. With communities in the Atlanta and Oklahoma City area, we’ll ensure that you have fun, meet new friends and continue to connect with family throughout your retirement years.
We will help you determine what level of care is best for you or your loved one. (View our different levels of care.)
Each Mansions senior living community offers many different activities for our residents. These include the following:
- Exercise classes
- Wellness sessions
- Resident-run activities
- Games and crafts
- Bible studies
- Outings to restaurants, shopping,
- entertainment and more
- Birthday celebrations
- Happy hours
- Technology classes
- And lots more!
Ready to Start Your Next Adventure?
Then, schedule a visit to one of our facilities. Contact us today!