Many people heading into their retirement years believe they will never leave their homes and, for some, that will be the right choice. But for others, the benefits of an independent senior living community will be part of a long and comfortable retirement.
Senior living communities today range from homelike and comfortable to all-inclusive luxury. Most seniors who have moved to retirement communities such as Southgate at Shrewsbury say they prefer life at their new home more than living alone. Here are the top three reasons why:
- Social connections
Living in a retirement community like Southgate provides endless opportunities to develop close social connections and friendships. This becomes increasingly important as we get older and face a variety of life events that could trigger loneliness and isolation. At senior living communities you can make friends, share a meal, and enjoy special occasions together.
The variety of social activities at retirement communities also plays a large role in mental stimulation. Informal games are readily available, and fun activities and events like movie-nights, yoga lessons, weekly socials, and more are at the reach of seniors. Although situated in picturesque Shrewsbury, Southgate’s proximity to Worcester, Massachusetts allows our residents additional activities such as concerts, museums, movie theater excursions, shopping trips, and more.
- The end of home maintenance and repair
Freedom from home maintenance and repair becomes more and more attractive during senior years. The idea of fixing unanticipated, and often costly, problems that occur in a home can carry a lot of stress. By making the move to an independent senior living community, the cost associated with home problems is eliminated. Often, most repair and maintenance is included in your living arrangement.
The cost of moving into a retirement community like Southgate can also prove to be more economical. Downsizing from your current home will allow you to reign in your monthly expenses and remove the responsibility of maintaining your home. Using a cost calculator can help you estimate how much you may save. Moving into a retirement community can also offer an opportunity to determine which of your possessions are important to you, rather than leaving this task to others.
- Ensured safety and proper nutrition
Southgate residents can rest easy knowing there are emergency response teams looking out for their everyday welfare. Staff is on hand 24/7 to report a problem and of immediate assistance if an emergency should occur. Being situated so close to Worcester, MA provides our residents with some of the best medical care in New England, including the UMass (University of Massachusetts) hospitals and the Worcester Medical Center.
There are many residents at independent senior living communities who used to live alone and were not eating properly. At retirement communities, residents do not need to worry about meal preparation or even grocery shopping. Another benefit—the food is good! So not only are seniors enjoying mealtime more, but they also tend to notice improvements in their health by eating three quality meals each day.
Residents of Southgate at Shrewsbury are a diverse, intelligent, fun-loving, and fascinating group of people. Many of our current residents have stated that if they had visited Southgate near Worcester, MA prior to their initial visit, they may have moved in years earlier. Community, care and culture are the very essence of our community and have been since 1989. Every detail has been imagined and thoughtfully executed to ensure the happiness and well-being of our residents. Southgate eliminates the burdens of mundane residential tasks and worries, so our seniors are free to pursue their interests while living in a retirement community designed for gracious living.