Living in an old folks’ home is one of the things many seniors don’t like about retirement. It’s not really about the living part, but the labeling.
While you probably tell others to embrace their age, many seniors are still not comfortable doing it. It’s not that they’re ashamed; it’s more of being told that you’re old. This makes the idea of moving to a retirement home dreadful.
So, how exactly do you get over it? Here are a few things to keep in mind that won’t make you feel like you or your elderly loved ones are being put out to pasture.
1. A Community, not a Home for the Aged
Probably one of the biggest misnomers about retirement communities is that they’re just for old people. What you probably didn’t know, however, is that there are a lot of young retirees living in communities across the US.
A recent study shows that the average retirement age for Americans has gone up slightly in the last decade. Men tend to retire at 64 while women at 62. This is still a bit early considering the recommended retirement age for most people is 65 years old.
2. Community Care is in Mind, But Not Obvious
The prospect of needing extra care is a great motivator for moving into a retirement community. Elderly care centers like Legacy Retirement Communities offer continuing services that let seniors stay on-site but move into an independent or assisted living setting.
That way, seniors get the care they need without really feeling suffocated, trapped, or constantly monitored. In choosing a retirement community for you or your elderly loved ones, you’ll want to know skilled nursing is there, but you don’t want to see it.
3. Time is Not of the Essence
Taking time to go over your options is a recurring theme in stories about retiring happy. It’s not just about being independent and taking on life by yourself, it’s about knowing when you’re actually ready to take on that chapter of life.
You should not be pressured to move out. Instead, you should do the moving on your own terms and in a community you love.
Despite their reputations, retirement communities have a surprisingly vibrant and active environment that makes them ideal for seniors and seniors-to-be.