I’d like to share (what I can) with you about a joy-filled interaction I witnessed recently while visiting one of our communities. You see, it was nearing the end of the lunchtime rush, and as many were making their way out of the dining room, a husband-and-wife couple (both in their late 80’s) stopped to greet a friend, myself and a couple of our team members who they know very well.
As we often do, we laughed and made jokes together. Chatted about goings on in the community and asked how they’re doing. It was a conversation among friends—you could tell by the authenticity and comfort level. The smiles, laughter and hugs were genuine, not awkward or manufactured. There was real love there, and I distinctly remember the sense of pride it gave me to see the way our community and team members were making that sort of difference in these residents’ lives.
I was reminded in that moment that it’s that feeling of ease and happiness; that enriched and unburdened way of life. That’s the “It Factor,” and what senior living is really all about.
Now, I share this for one reason only: To remind folks that especially in the case of senior living communities, outside expectations and reality are often very different. So for anyone who’s hesitant about assisted living due to pre-existing fears that they won’t like it, stop and consider something…”What if you do?”
What if the maintenance-free lifestyle helps open up new possibilities for fun and leisure? What if you start building friendly bonds with neighbors and the many, dedicated team members who you’ll see here almost every day? What if assisted living even gives rise to a happier, healthier chapter of life, and making the move turns out to be one of the best decisions you’ve made?
That’s just a little something that I’ve wanted to share, so please, give it all some thought. While we’re at it, here are a few, additional suggestions for those considering residential solutions like assisted living:
Leave Preconceptions at the Door
There’s a saying, “Don’t Let Your Fears Decide Your Fate,” and I think that rings especially true here. If, because of your own fears and preconceived notions, you don’t go experience today’s senior living community setting for yourself, you may not even know what you’re missing!
If you’re considering senior living today, or will be at some point in the future, focus on what could go right and how good it can be (not the other way around). Whether you come into this experience feeling positive or negative, you’re likely to be right either way.
Get Involved in as Much (or as Little) as Desired
Senior living communities are designed and operated to provide the tools to live a more active, satisfying lifestyle, but seizing that lifestyle is up to each individual. Be prepared to do your part by being open to socializing and getting involved in whatever interests you.