As the largest management company of Retirement Living Communities in Iowa, we’ve helped thousands of families find comfort and peace of mind in choosing the right living situation for their loved one’s unique life stage. Each tour presents a fresh set of challenges and a new opportunity for improving quality of life for all parties involved. It’s a joy of ours to be involved in these transitions, as they overwhelmingly become positive transformations.
Having this opportunity to work with so many families also means we’ve heard a lot of concerns about what daily life in a retirement living community is like. More often than not, the potential resident’s independence is at the heart of our discussions. Some believe that a move to a retirement living community means giving up independence and, in turn, dignity. It’s something no one wants to consider at any age.
It is at this juncture in the conversation that we pose these questions:
1. Does your senior loved one still have a driver license?
2. How often does he/she get together with friends and family or participate in extracurriculars?
3. What is your loved one’s physical health and mobility like?
4. Does he/she have multiple levels in their current home?
These four questions highlight just how much independence seniors may not have in their own home, outside of one of our Retirement living Communities. Through basic offerings such as our complimentary transportation, unique life enrichment activities (including Live 2 B Healthy Senior Exercise Program) and handicap accessible communities, we are able to maximize independence for all residents.
Pair those offerings with our privacy practices and you’re sure to see a difference in overall quality of life and dignity preservation to the highest degree. If you’ve struggled with the topic of independence as you consider a move for yourself or a loved one, please reach out to us. We’d be happy to provide the information and resources you need to make an informed decision.
Allen Phillips, President – July 2018