Private residences, delicious and nutritious meals, amenities and activities are only a few of the many benefits you’ll find if you or a loved one is considering senior living. While learning about all the advantages that today’s communities offer, you may be surprised to discover what’s included in the cost of senior living.
As you research the available options, scheduling visits at specific communities will provide you with information about the exact fees and an explanation of what services will be covered. But here is a general outline of what you may typically expect:
What’s included in the cost of senior living
The benefits that today’s communities provide extend far beyond your residence. In fact, not only will you find ways to age and live well but also all the intangibles that contribute to living your highest quality of life.
Communities provide residents many opportunities to make new friends, tap into their creative side, lower anxiety levels and feel as though they are also emotionally supported.
Take a look at a few of the possibilities designed to help you engage and create your best life.
1. Included in the cost of senior living: an accessible residence and community
You’ll find a private residence available that you’ll be able to personalize and make into your own home.
Another great advantage of senior living is that you won’t need to worry about any renovations to make your home accessible. The community and residences are designed for aging-in-place.
2. Included in the cost of senior living: a maintenance-free lifestyle
It may not come as a surprise to learn how many retirees rank a life free from home repairs and upkeep at the top of their priority list.
But a senior living community provides you the freedom of no longer needing to take care of maintenance, shoveling snow or ensuring the landscaping is in good shape.
3. Included in the cost of senior living: assistance if needed
If you or a loved one is beginning to need a helping hand with the daily tasks of living, you may discover that an assisted living community is the perfect answer.
Whether it’s help with bathing safely, getting dressed, grooming or managing your medications, staff is available to support your independence.
4. Included in the cost of senior living: delicious dining options
Depending on the type of senior living you are interested in, you’ll find dining options that can meet your needs, provide nutritious foods and the convenience of letting someone else take care of the cooking.
Dining is usually provided as part of assisted living but is also available for those who make an independent living community their home and prefer the choice when they’d rather not cook.
5. Included in the cost of senior living: physical fitness opportunities
Remaining physically fit is essential for older adults to age and live well. However, this can become more of a challenge if living at home without access to a gym or equipment.
Many communities provide a fitness center or classes so their residents can remain active. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the camaraderie of sharing fitness activities with your neighbors and new friends.
6. Included in the cost of senior living: social events and entertainment
We know how important it is to remain socially active as we grow older – for both our physical and mental health.
At a senior living community, the planning is taken care of and you’ll find many options to spend an enjoyable day or evening watching a movie, listening to a concert or joining the other residents at happy hour.
7. Included in the cost of senior living: a monthly schedule of programs
When it comes to discovering engaging things to do, it would be hard to match the choices and planning that a senior living community provides.
You’ll usually find a monthly calendar full of different activities, with enough choices and variety to appeal to everyone’s preferences.
8. Included in the cost of senior living: security and safety
Many older adults find themselves becoming more anxious about their safety, either in their home or neighborhood. But another great advantage of community life is the security you’ll find.
You’ll be reassured with the security measures of the community, including personnel or alarm systems, which may also be found in the personal residences. It’s comforting to know that someone is always there if help is needed.
9. Included in the cost of senior living: housekeeping
Making your life a little simpler is what many residents appreciate when they choose senior living for their new home. And housekeeping is a service that is typically provided.
You’ll find this is only one of the many conveniences that add up to making your life a little easier and filled with more time to spend on things that you enjoy.|
10. Included in the cost of senior living: scheduled transportation
Are you no longer driving or driving less? If so, many older adults find that it can challenge their ability to remain independent if they need to rely on others for transportation.
In a senior living community, you’ll appreciate scheduled trips so you won’t need to worry about how to get to medical appointments, shopping or other entertainment events.
Discover life at a Northbridge community
If you’re considering senior living for yourself or a family member, we hope you’ll visit one of our communities. You’ll find a maintenance-free, activity-filled and engaging lifestyle to help support your wellness goals.
You’ll also discover many benefits in a Northbridge Senior Living community, including our Signature Program S.T.A.R. Club (Sharp Thinking, Active Residents) – which offers our residents several activities to participate in with others, including:
- Daily exercise group
- Walking club
- Tai Chi & Yoga
- Nutritional classes
- Library and book club
- Museum outings
- Artists in residence program
- Multi-generational music
- Genealogy Generations
We’re here to answer any of your questions and would like to share with you our free guide: Choosing the Right Senior Living Community: A Step-by-Step Guide for Making an Informed Decision. Or, contact us to schedule a personalized tour.