Benefits of senior living vs. living at home

Learn how community living reduces stress and improves quality of life for older adults.

September 13, 2021

2 min read

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Currently, around one million Americans live in some type of senior living community – a figure that’s expected to double by 2030, in part because senior living communities provide abundant mental, physical and emotional benefits that often allow older adults to thrive. Let’s walk through the process of deciding between staying at home or living in a community and touch on some of the benefits of making the switch.

Staying vs. moving

Weighing your options regarding whether to live at home or in a community can feel daunting. For that reason, it’s helpful to consider those options side by side to think through what the important aspects of your life will be like at home or in a community – aspects such as your social life, your dining options, your exercise routine, or the emergency assistance that you’ll be able to access.

Take, for instance, something as simple as housekeeping. At home, you may dedicate a lot of your time to household maintenance, whereas at a senior living community, the staff may provide all the housekeeping and linen services for you.

A change for the better

Once residents move into senior living communities, they often discover that they’ve made the right decision. Listen to Claudia, an Atria resident, who shares her story about how the stresses of being at home convinced her to move into a senior living community – and she’s loved it ever since.

“I don’t have to worry about anything, because everything’s taken care of for me,” she says. At home, she mostly watched TV. At Atria, she engages with other residents, enjoys “five-star meals,” and says that her daughter never worries about her. In Claudia’s words: “Come to a place where, anything you can think of, you have right here in front of you.”

The cost of waiting

Moving into a senior living community is a serious decision, and it only makes sense to be selective when it comes to choosing the right community. But waiting too long to arrive at a decision can also come with certain costs. Once residents and their families weigh the benefits of moving into a senior living community, the conclusions that they reach tend to point them in the direction of moving, after all. Benefitting from ongoing support and professional caregiving tends to revitalize residents and help them thrive.

Why moving makes sense

Residents who move into a senior living community often find that they enjoy the advantages that a home offers without having to shoulder the burdens of homeownership. Contact us today to learn why Atria might be the right option for you.

If you or someone you know wants to learn more about Atria, visit AtriaSeniorLiving.com/FindACommunity to discover the location nearest you.

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