San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors summarize the pros and cons of aging in place

  • Staying close to family, friends, neighbors and community that have become an important part of life.
  • Continuing to participate in hobbies and activities such as gardening, sewing, woodworking, even some farming and ranch work.
  • Aging in place can be more affordable. There are remodeling options that can help make a home safer when mobility issues are a concern. Hiring help for certain chores can also free up time and energy and ordering routine supplies and groceries online make everyone’s life easier, regardless of age.
  • Not feeling forced to change habits and routines or give up possessions or pets. Many senior facilities accommodate a pet, but rarely more than one. No one wants to have to choose which beloved pet to keep over another.
  • Care, including medical care, becomes very important when preparing meals, and personal hygiene becomes more challenging. Medications are administered at the appropriate times, and staff is on duty 24/7 for assistance.
  • Healthy meals are prepared and served, eliminating the worry about nutrition, concerns about kitchen accidents or not feeling up to cooking or eating.
  • Safety and mobility are much less of a concern because senior living facilities are designed to accommodate physical issues, making it safer to get around. Trained and helpful staff is on hand to assist when needed and regularly check in with residents to be sure all is well. Critical medical aid is quickly available if ever needed.
  • Community, friends and activities are important for mental and emotional health and for overcoming loneliness that seniors living alone can often experience. Communal meals, group activities, community rooms and the careful attention of staff all combine to help keep residents interested and busy.
  • No home maintenance responsibilities frees up time and worry. Instead of worrying about fixing the roof, take an exercise or an art class instead. No vacuuming, laundry or dished to wash can be liberating because it’s much more fun to read a good book, chat with friends or take a walk.
  • Home care
  • Retirement communities
  • Residential care homes
  • Facilities for Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s care
  • Nursing homes
  • Where pets are accepted

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