Are you thinking about discussing the idea of moving into a retirement property with a loved one? Many people feel awkward or guilty when suggesting a move from their house into a purpose-built retirement home - but you really shouldn’t.
These days, retirement homes are far from what you mightexpect, particularly if it's an assisted living development or complex. Rather than a full-time care home, this sort of accommodation allows people to enjoy their freedom and independence.
If your family members are still active, but just need a little bit of assistance with household chores or personal care, assisted living could be the solution. It allows people to own their own home and enjoy the privacy that brings, but also offers much-needed help and support.
Although you love your parents or grandparents dearly, they probably don't want you around all the time, just as you wouldn't want them under your feet. You are both still at an age where independence is a priority.
Assisted living allows your older family members to move into a safe environment that has been adapted to ensure they can manage, without the loss of freedom. There are so many benefits to these retirement properties, for you, the family member in question and the rest of the family.
You can find out more about the benefits of assisted living developments on the Youtube channel of McCarthy & Stone, but here are a few examples to get you started:
We don't like to think of our loved ones being in difficulty at home alone. Living in an assisted living development means that should there ever be a problem, there will be someone on hand within minutes.
As we get older, it's important to work at social relationships as it's so easy to become isolated. Moving into our later years inevitably results in the loss of a loved one, but assisted living allows people to develop new friendships. Just the knowledge that there are people around can be a comfort to someone dealing with bereavement.
If you struggle to stand in the kitchen for long periods of time, home cooked meals often end up being replaced by ready meals. Another benefit to assisted living is the on-site restaurant and help with grocery shopping.
The thought of cleaning the house, changing the bedding, doing the washing and so on are things that most of us dread. These mundane tasks can be even worse for those in later life as moving around can become a real struggle. Fortunately, in an assisted living apartment these domestic chores are all taken care of.