The world has changed over the last few years when it comes to senior living. Life expectancy increased substantially over the last 50 years. In fact, it has increased from 71 years in 1971 to 78.99 years in 2021. As the expected age increases, so has the quality of life during those advanced years.
Today's seniors are more active than ever, and a senior living community needs to be as active and vibrant as the people who call that community home. These are a few of the services you should expect from any retirement community you're considering calling home.
Health and Wellness Programs
This includes everything from daily activities and fitness, like Tai Chi, water aerobics, and ability-appropriate dance classes to educational wellness programs to help residents understand the different conditions they have, their dietary needs, and more. Some senior living communities even offer weekly cooking classes to help residents learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks.
Planned Recreational Activities
Because residents of the average senior living center are diverse, it is important to offer a range of planned activities and adventures that are equally diverse. Look for senior living communities that post daily, weekly, and monthly activities to keep their residents active, engaged, and entertained. More importantly, look for recreational activities that give residents the opportunity to connect with others and build meaningful social circles to replace those many lost when moving into a retirement community.
Access to Technology
Things like wireless internet for residents, computer rooms, and state-of-the-art equipment is a non-starter. Technology makes it possible for residents to keep the lines of communication open with friends and family far and wide. Without the technology infrastructure to support that, residents may begin to feel isolated from friends and family they aren't able to connect with daily. It can make a huge difference in their happiness and quality of life.
While it may not seem like a service, staff stability is crucial for continuity of care, connections with residents, and providing essential services for residents who require memory care or specialized treatments. A low turnover rate also indicates that the people who work for a retirement community are happy in their jobs and will be able to build long-term relationships with the residents.
Specialized Program Offerings
It is also wise to consider a senior living community that offers various specialized services for residents as well. This includes things like the following:
- Memory care services
- Art classes
- Music classes
- Dietary and nutrition services
- Housekeeping services
- Assisted living services
The more services a senior living community provides for residents, the longer that community can be useful to aging residents as their care needs and requirements evolve.