The benefits of an active adult living homeActive adult living is an emerging trend in retirement communities, especially amongst the baby boomer generation. These homes, which are typically for 50 years or older, allow residents to live independently while also enjoying the security and amenities that the active adult community provides.
Active adult homes may be apartments or condominiums in a larger building, detached units, town houses, or bungalows. These communities are frequently closed off and gated, as well as age-exclusive.
How is active adult living different than living in your own home?
Unlike living in your own home, an active adult lifestyle residence provides residents with multiple services. Perhaps most importantly, each suite has a 24-hour emergency call system through which you can receive instant care when needed. In addition, active adult living frees you from the burdens of maintaining your home. You don't need to worry about burnt out light bulbs or deteriorating driveways, as the staff at your new community will make your life less cumbersome. Instead of having a lot to be anxious about, you will now have the opportunity to pursue or explore things that you may not have had time for in the past.
Residents can also opt-in to community activities, like bingo. In an active adult home, community membership is what you make of it. Indeed, free choice is the hallmark of active adult living, for you only receive services when you want them.
Examples of Active Adult Services:
Although this list is neither exhaustive nor reflective of every active adult community, it is a brief snapshot of the types of services that you may expect in such a home.
- Security system
- Daily dinner
- Housekeeping (often weekly)
- Newsletters and activity calendars
- Physical health and wellness programs (i.e. bowling, darts, bean bags)
- Brain games
- Spiritual facilities
The Benefits of Active Adult Living:
- Unlike a home, staff are on-call 24 hours daily and seven days weekly. As such, you should always feel safe in an active adult home.
- Physical and mental activities ensure that residents ensure that residents do not get bored.
- Free choices are conducive to a retirement of dignity.
- There are plenty of opportunities to socialize, so you will not be lonely in an active adult home. People are always around!
- Time to purse your passions
At a Glance:
- Active adult living is an emerging trend in retirement communities.
- These homes allow residents to live independently, while knowing that assistance is available when necessary or wanted.
- Unlike living in your own home, an active adult lifestyle provides residents with multiple services.
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