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Is Now the Time for Senior Living

Is now the time for senior living?  

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many plans for the future. If you’ve been making plans to make a move to a retirement community, you may be wondering if those plans are also subject to change. Move-ins have resumed at some communities, in many cases with new processes and precautions to help ensure your safety and the health of the community. As you move forward in your decision-making process, here are several reasons to consider the benefits of moving to a senior living community now, and always. 

Safety you can rely on. The management teams and staff of retirement communities understand that cleanliness and sanitation have always been important to keep residents healthy and happy. Now, with enhanced protocols and procedures in place, you can be sure that your surroundings are as safe as possible.  

Insurance against boredom. Social distancing has made it more difficult for many to pursue their interests. But those who live in retirement communities can count on the creative and resourceful planning that has always provided residents with activities and venues to stay active and engaged. From virtual gatherings to livestreaming of lectures and entertainment, if the time comes when you must stay home, you will never be bored. As guidance allows, you can depend on your community to provide safe and fun ways to gather and celebrate. 

Access to health care. Many retirement communities have on-site health care available. For some, access to progressive levels of care is guaranteed if you’re already living at the community. 

Financial security. Uncertain times can lead to financial insecurity — but if you live in a retirement community, depending on the contract type you opted for, your health care costs and living costs are predictable. 

Carefree lifestyle. The changes to daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made many everyday tasks more difficult — from shopping to home maintenance. With on-site dining and meal preparation, home maintenance and other services, you can depend on an uninterrupted lifestyle with more time for what you love. 

Moving with care. 
As you research and plan your move to a senior living community, you can take steps to do so with minimal risk. Nearly all research and pre-move-in activities can be conducted online — from comparing communities through virtual tours and assessments — all can be accomplished through voice-to-voice meetings and video conferencing to ensure timely move-ins. If you wish to visit, ask the community representative about precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks during the visit. Once you decide on a new home, ask how the team will ensure your safety during move-in and respect any guidelines they have to safeguard the community. Now more than ever, a move to a retirement community can help you find a healthy and happy way forward.