January 7, 2019
At Beatitudes Campus, one of the major considerations we hear from older adults is focused around timing their next move to a retirement community or life plan community. Most people recognize the value in downsizing and moving to a place that suits their current and future needs, but actually pinpointing that moment to move is challenging for some.
Our best advice: Adjust how you view your next move. Throughout our lives when change comes, we generally focus on the exciting opportunities ahead. Take that approach now. As you think about moving, imagine how much you’ll gain–a network of friends, enjoyable programs and amenities, easier living, a plan for the what-ifs, and more.
Once you’re comfortable with the thought of moving, you can tackle the when.
For many older adults who are currently independent, but like the idea of an active retirement in a setting where healthcare services are available if needed down the road, a life plan community can be an ideal solution.
A popular question among prospective residents is, “When is the best time to make the move?” There is no perfect answer to this question because everyone’s situation is different. However, waiting too long can mean missing out on some of the very reasons that seniors are attracted to these communities in the first place.
If you feel a life plan community is right for you, here are a few reasons why you may want to consider moving sooner rather than later:
- Involvement: One of the main benefits of living in a life plan community is having easy access to a vast array of services, amenities, and activities. Many of these perks take place within the walls of the senior living community, but these communities are increasingly providing ways for residents to stay involved in the broader community through service projects, adult education classes, and more. Moving earlier allows residents to more fully enjoy and benefit from these “extra-curricular” activities.
- Wellness: Life plan communities strive to help residents stay healthy and live independently as long as possible. Comprehensive health and wellness programs may include access to qualified fitness professionals, special diet meal plans, aquatic and fitness centers, low-impact aerobics, and yoga classes–just to name a few. Additionally, more communities today are emphasizing a “whole-person” concept, including emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and vocational.
- Relationships: Residents of life plan communities often say that one of the best things about the community in which they live is the friendships they have formed with other residents. Those who wait too long to make the move may not have the time to develop meaningful relationships, which can be particularly helpful as part of a support network if healthcare needs arise in the future.
- Window of Opportunity: Continuing care contracts generally require that residents must live independently and that they are not at an increased risk for assisted living or healthcare services. Therefore, many life plan communities will perform a health evaluation on prospective residents as a part of the application process. Those who do not meet the community’s health criteria can be declined for entry and miss the opportunity to benefit from what the community offers, including access to a full continuum of care.
- Easier Transition: Moving gets more difficult with time. Those who are able-bodied and in good health can better handle the transition, often even embracing this new chapter in life. Alternatively, those who are frail often suffer from relocation stress syndrome (RSS), which can lead to other health problems.
So, when is the best time to move to a life plan community? The above factors and considerations must go into each person’s unique answer. Generally speaking, once you have made the determination that a life plan community is right for you, it may be wise to make the move while you are still young enough and healthy enough to enjoy the many benefits of these dynamic communities.
As a life plan community, Beatitudes Campus offers a world of inspiration and motivation with entertainment, cultural programs, social experiences, educational classes, and volunteer activities. You can participate as little or as much as you like. To help you feel your best, we offer an array of fitness options and healthcare services along with delicious and healthy dining choices.
If you’re considering a move now or in the future, we encourage you to explore Beatitudes Campus. You’ll discover a warm and welcoming place to live with wonderful neighbors who truly care about each other. Once you decide that making a move is a smart choice with lots to gain, you might just find yourself asking, what am I waiting for?
The above article was written by Brad Breeding of myLifeSite and is legally licensed for use.