Most senior living communities are very social environments, there are dozens of clubs, committees, group trips, and community meals. The thought of moving to this type of social community can be exciting for some, but for the more introverted individual, it can be overwhelming.
If you’ve decided you’re ready to move into a senior living community but are worried about how you’ll fare in this type of setting, rest assured that your experience can be whatever you want it to be.
Many people fear that moving into a senior community will strip them of their freedoms, and for those who prefer their privacy, they may worry they’ll have to give that up. The purpose of these communities is to provide assistance and support when needed, but independence is always encouraged.
Freedom to Do What Makes You Happy
As a resident of a senior living community, you will have the freedom to do whatever you want. Whether you want to join a club or not is up to you, you can do as much or as little as you want. Nothing is mandatory. There are no schedules you need to adhere to other than your own, every day is yours to do what makes you happy.
When a resident first moves into a new community, they are often encouraged to join an activity in order to meet other residents and make new friends, however residents are never obligated to do so. If you prefer to take it slow and don’t feel ready to join an activity right away that’s ok! Everyone is encouraged to move at their own pace and spend their day the way they want.
Visitors Are Welcome
Having family and friends around you, especially in the first few days or weeks after moving in, can be helpful in feeling more comfortable in your new environment. Senior living communities allow family members to visit any time they want and having those familiar faces around you can help to make the adjustment period less stressful.
Privacy is Always Respected
A natural fear some seniors have before moving into a community is that they will no longer have the privacy they desire. The good news is, housekeepers and maintenance workers will not show up unannounced, as a means to always respect the privacy of the residents. Schedules are adhered to so you’ll know exactly when to expect visitors and can enjoy your privacy without it feeing infringed upon.
There are Plenty of Solo Activities
Whether you want to stroll the walking trails, ride your bike, or enjoy a book in the sunshine, there are plenty of things to do by yourself in a senior living community. You can bird watch, take a swim, head to the gym for a workout, paint, the list goes on and on!
Remember, senior living communities are not one size fits all! Be sure to take the time to find a community that will fulfill your needs. Although these types of communities are great for the active and social senior, they can be just as enjoyable for more introverted personalities as well!