By Sue Rowell
The thought of moving from your home is daunting. In my 25+ years working in the senior living industry, I’ve never had someone walk though the front door yelling, “Yea! I made it to a senior living community!” However, after about three months or so, I do hear most of the people state, “I wish I’d done this sooner.”
Moving can feel like you’re giving up years of memories and good times. Your daughter took her first steps there in the living room. Your son fell and broke his arm riding his bike in the driveway. You’ve had the family around the dining room table to celebrate birthdays and holidays.
It’s natural to feel sad or nostalgic when leaving a home that holds so many memories. However, it’s important to focus on the positive aspects of the move and the many benefits that a senior living community can offer. These communities are designed to meet the unique needs of older adults and can provide a variety of services, such as assistance with daily tasks, access to healthcare professionals, and transportation to appointments. Many communities also offer a range of recreational activities and opportunities for lifelong learning, which can help keep you active and engaged. And you’ll make so many different, fun memories with your new neighbors and friends which will maintain, and even strengthen, social connections.
As we age, it can be difficult to let go of the familiar and move to a new living situation. However, for many, transitioning to a senior living community, such as Quail Park of Lynnwood, can be the best decision for their overall health, well-being, and quality of life. It’s important to remember that these communities are designed to support and enhance the lives of their residents, not to diminish their autonomy. Many offer a wide range of activities, amenities, and services that allow residents to maintain their independence and live fulfilling lives.
In the end, the decision to move to a senior living community is a personal one and will depend on your individual circumstances and needs. While it can be a difficult decision to make, it’s important to remember that making the move can lead to an enhanced quality of life and peace of mind.