When is it Time to Move to Senior Living?
How to know if senior living is right for you
Close your eyes for a moment and picture how you’d ideally like to spend your golden years. What do those days look like? We bet your thoughts of an idyllic retirement don’t include long to-do lists of home maintenance and outlandish utility bills. Instead, you want to curl up in a comfy chair with a bestseller, enjoy a relaxed afternoon outing with your children and grandchildren, and devote attention to a renewed passion like gardening or painting. All of this is possible at a senior living community. But when is the right time to move to senior living?
5 signs that you should consider senior living
It’s never too early to begin your search for a senior living community because of the incredible benefits offered. In fact, the first year of the Mather Institute's 5-year study found that residents of life plan communities tend to have higher levels of health and wellness compared to older adults living in the general community.
So, as you’re planning your retirement, the following 5 signs may indicate it's time to move to senior living:
1. Home Maintenance Has Become a Nuisance.
Is your roof leaking again from last winter’s snowfall? Do you spend a lot of time mowing your lawn and keeping your yard presentable? Maintaining a home takes a lot of time, effort, and money. At a senior living community like Grand Arbor or Crystal Brook, home maintenance becomes a thing of the past and you can do more of what you actually enjoy.
2. You Want to Spend Your Money on Predictable Costs.
Broken appliances and unexpectedly high utility bills happen from time to time. The challenge is when these costs cut into your retirement budget that you would prefer to use on travel, activities you enjoy, and your health. At a senior living community like those offered by Knute Nelson, utilities are included and you won’t have to worry about covering the cost of a broken refrigerator or other appliances.
3. You Want to Socialize More.
You may be feeling lonely or isolated in your house if the weather makes it difficult to drive or if loved ones have moved away. A senior living community gives you a chance to make new friends and get that social interaction you’ve been craving. At Knute Nelson’s senior living communities, there are social programs and events to keep you busy and feeling fulfilled.
4. You Spend More Time than You’d Like Doing Chores.
Does it feel like you’re constantly dusting furniture, vacuuming carpets and straightening up the house? The time used for these chores could be spent hanging out with your kids and grandkids, reading a good book, gardening, exercising or pursuing some other activity you enjoy.
5. You Want to Pursue a Healthier Lifestyle.
Do you find yourself not eating as healthy as you used to because grocery shopping and cooking take too long? Maybe you don’t exercise as often as you’d like because you struggle to find the time for it. A senior living community can help you live a healthier lifestyle. At Knute Nelson’s senior living communities, you can enjoy a wellness membership and various dining options that offer healthy eating options. Amenities like these can ensure you live your very best in your retirement years.
Thrive at Knute Nelson’s senior living communities
At Knute Nelson, say goodbye to snow maintenance and other pesky homeownership tasks. At our maintenance-free senior living communities – Grand Arbor and Crystal Brook – you get to live each and every day how you want to. We offer a wide array of comfortable apartment floor plans to choose from, including one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and two-bedrooms plus dens.
Take our free online assessment to learn if senior living might be right for you or a loved one. For more information about senior living in Alexandria, call (320) 335-8786. For more information about senior living in Park Rapids, call (218) 366-8442.
Last updated October 27th, 2023