If you’re considering a move to a senior living community, you likely have many questions. You may be wondering if you’re making the right decision and if you will be happy in your new surroundings. You also may have specific questions about choosing the best community for you.
While you certainly will ask — and receive answers to — many questions as you explore your senior living options, two questions play a significant role in providing you with the information you need to make a sound decision.
- What are the differences in senior living communities?
Years ago, senior living communities typically were patterned after the “hospital model” of the 1960s, with long, sterile hallways and decor that resembled medical facilities. Today, however, senior living communities have made great strides in creating communities that fit the unique personalities and needs of their individual residents.
Communities differ in a number of ways, including:
- Mission and values.
- Levels of living offered.
- Physical layout of the campus.
- Decor and features of common areas and residences.
- Programming and activities.
- Meal plans and types of dining offered.
- Services and amenities.
- Location and proximity to area attractions.
Senior living communities have their own individual personalities, and you should spend some time there — at the least, by taking a tour, eating a meal or two, and participating in some activities — before making your decision. Communities emphasize different attributes. For instance, at Gull Creek, maintaining a welcoming environment, integrity and a family atmosphere is a high priority.
Other unique attributes of Gull Creek include its location near numerous dining options, cultural opportunities, ample shopping and beaches. Residents at Gull Creek enjoy access to a variety of stimulating activities but return to a serene, relaxed setting at the end of the day.
- How can I maintain my independence once I go into a senior living community?
Many seniors worry that they will lose their independence if they choose to move to a retirement community. But the truth is that by choosing a community that provides a variety of services, amenities and levels of living, seniors give themselves the flexibility to continue making critical decisions about their lives as they age.
One important way that seniors can maintain their independence is by protecting and caring for their health and well-being. Many seniors assume that aches, pains and reduced abilities are just a natural part of aging. In a community like Gull Creek, however, residents have access to a variety of well-trained professionals, facilities and programming that help maintain health of the mind, body and spirit.
For some seniors, living alone may lead to denying — to themselves or others — when they need help for fear of losing independence. In some cases, deteriorating health without additional assistance can lead to a fall or other debilitating injury. In a senior living community, however, it’s easy to reach out for assistance without sacrificing independence. When and if you need them, a network of supportive caregivers and services are available.
At Gull Creek, residents have access to levels of living that support maximum flexibility and choice as individuals age. Independent Living offers a number of services and amenities to serve as a foundation for a vibrant lifestyle, while Assisted Living provides additional help with the activities of everyday life. In Treasure Cove Memory Care, residents have access to all the amenities of the Gull Creek community in a safe environment.
For Your Best Lifestyle, Ask Questions
Choosing a senior living community is a major decision in life, and you should feel comfortable that you have all the information you need to make an informed choice. To learn more about how Gull Creek Senior Living Community can help you remain independent as you age, contact us for a personal consultation.