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Are Senior Living Communities Healthier for Seniors Living Alone?

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenSeptember 7, 2017

While many seniors want to age at home as long as they can, research shows that senior living communities may be the healthier option; especially after a spouse passes away.

While many seniors still prefer the comfort of their own homes over moving to an assisted living, independent or retirement community, this decision may not be the best —or most informed —option. Most of these people consider life in a senior living community a sentence where they go to die; they don’t realize that senior living has evolved into a healthier option with a myriad of amenities and care options.

Seniors Living Alone

Many seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible, but due to circumstances like ailing health or the death of a spouse, the comfort of their own homes is, well, no longer… comfortable. According to 87-year old Phyllis Spade, life got lonely after her spouse passed:

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“Once the funeral is over and friends who’d been so attentive have retreated to their own lives, a loud silence echoes through empty rooms. Reality sets in: ‘I am all by myself. Is staying alone a good idea? Should I consider a senior living alternative?'”

Living alone may seem like the best option, if it’s still feasible —but a home loses much of its comfort when a spouse is gone. The daily responsibilities of caring for a family home can be a lot for anyone to take on, let alone a senior. The truth is that the duties can take a toll, and the companionship that was once there is no longer keeping the person going. Cleaning, doing laundry and walking up and down the stairs can be a challenge. Family relationships can also get tense — especially when the house requires maintenance and the senior requires daily help with normal chores and meal preparation.

In recent years, senior care communities have diversified into a wide range of increasingly tailored care facilities:

  • Hospice care
  • Respite care
  • Retirement care

All of which may appeal to seniors as a healthier and safer option than living alone.

Senior Living Communities Can Be a Healthier and Safer Option for Seniors

The worst-case scenario of a senior living alone can be daunting. If the senior falls and can’t get up, is sick or requires 24-hour care and supervision.

There are options to cater a home to accommodate senior needs, but these options can be expensive. This is when careful consideration of what the best options are for you and your family member need to be weighed.

So while living in an assisted or senior living community may not be the best option for all; it’s definitely worth evaluating for yourself or a loved one.

The senior living and care options today can actually be a healthier and safer option for seniors, with its many amenities — from dining to healthcare services to socialization perks. This is why education is so important.

Contact us for senior care and resource information if you’re ready to find senior living options in your area.

Are you concerned about seniors living alone in your family? Have you looked at senior living communities as a healthier and safer living option for loved ones? Share your stories with us in the comments below.

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