The decision of whether you or an older loved one should age in place in the home or move into a senior living community is a complex one to make. While many seniors in Ontario would prefer to age in place, it’s important to consider what that really means in practical terms, especially as health and mobility concerns increase.
Here are some reasons why a move to a senior living community may actually be a better option in some circumstances than aging in place.
Benefits of choosing senior living over aging in place
Access to care and support
Many of us value the comfort and familiarity of our homes. However, it’s essential to recognize that as our health needs change, we might require specialized care and support. Senior living communities in Ontario offer various care levels, ensuring you receive the assistance you need, whether it’s with daily activities, medication management, or medical monitoring.
Choosing to age in place might lead to social isolation. Living alone can sometimes result in reduced social interaction, impacting your mental and emotional well-being. Senior living communities provide opportunities to engage in social activities, connect with peers, and build a sense of community that can be challenging to replicate at home.
Say goodbye to home maintenance responsibilities
The task of maintaining a home becomes more demanding with age. Housekeeping, lawn care, and home repairs can become physically and financially burdensome. Senior living communities take care of these responsibilities, allowing you to enjoy your retirement without the stress of home maintenance.
Safety and accessibility features
Your home may not be equipped with the necessary safety features for aging adults. Falls and accidents may become a concern. Senior living communities are designed with your safety and accessibility in mind, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring you can navigate your living spaces comfortably.
Health care resources are at hand
Ontario offers a robust health care system, but accessing medical care and home-based services promptly while aging in place can be challenging. Senior living communities often have on-site health care professionals and established health care partnerships, ensuring you receive timely and comprehensive medical attention.
Support for emotional and psychological well-being
While staying in your familiar surroundings is appealing, it’s vital to consider the potential impact on your emotional and psychological well-being. Loneliness, depression, and anxiety can take a toll if you lack a strong support network while aging in place.
Aging in place is a valid and cherished preference, but you may discover that it’s not necessarily the best option for you. Factors such as limited access to care, social isolation, home maintenance challenges, safety concerns, health care resources, and emotional well-being must all be carefully considered.
Ultimately, the decision between aging in place and moving to a senior living community should prioritize your health, safety, and overall quality of life. It may be beneficial for you and your family to engage in open and honest discussions, consult with health care professionals, and explore the various senior living options available in Ontario to make an informed decision that best supports your well-being and happiness.
See for yourself
Contact one of our communities near you. We’d be happy to show you around. Download our Family Decision Toolkit for tips on making the best senior living decision.