There may come a time in your life, or in the life of a family member when you have to consider whether aging at home or moving to a retirement community works best for your medical and lifestyle needs. There are pros and cons that accompany each option and deciding which works best for you is a process that should be given a great deal of thought. While some people may believe that working hard to live a healthy and active lifestyle guarantees that you can live out your golden years at home, others understand that life is full of obstacles that could make opting for a comfortable continuing care retirement community the best option. So, which is the right choice for you or your family member?
Making the Choice: Home Care vs. Retirement Community
When the time comes to start considering the best senior care options to fit your needs, there are a couple of main options to choose from including in-home care or making the move to a retirement community.
With home care, seniors are able to “age in place” in the comfort of their own home. Helpers are hired to provide daily care for seniors who are living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease or any other combination of medical and physical challenges. Some of the benefits of in-home care include:
- Assistance is provided at home
- Daily tasks like meal preparation, appointments and transportation are provided
- Costs are typically charged on an hourly basis
- Short-term solution
- Ideal for those who can live independently but require some assistance
When first discussing continued care options, many seniors feel that aging in their current home is the best option for them. However, this option may not be a good choice for those who may need a long-term care solution or access to 24-hour medical care.
Continuing Care Retirement Community
Choosing to live out your golden years in a continuing care retirement community has many benefits. For those who are interested in a more long-term care solution, life in a retirement community is typically a great option. With the comfort of added security, access to 24-hour medical services and a number of different amenities available, this is an option that works for seniors with various medical and lifestyle needs.
Some of the greatest benefits of living in a retirement community include:
- Maintenance-free living where outdoor chores, household services and other general upkeep is completed by staff
- On-site medical care is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
- Continuous care is adaptable to fit your specific medical needs as you age
- Many wonderful amenities are available including wellness and fitness programs, arts and culture activities, transportation services, round-the-clock security, meal plans and more
- Seniors enjoy many social opportunities to meet and interact with other community members, with both on-site and off-site activities
While retirement communities are a great long-term care solution, the idea of leaving home can be stressful for seniors and their families. However, after becoming familiar with the many benefits of life at our continuing care retirement community, many seniors find that the combination of security, comfort, amenities and access to medical care are just what they’ve been looking for. And of course, family members are welcome to visit any time.
Learn More About Life at The Cypress
Want more information on the benefits of life at our continuing care retirement community? Visit The Cypress of Hilton Head Island online today to schedule a tour.