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4 Little-Known Benefits Of Living In A Retirement Community

Posted by Kristin Davenport

Aug 22, 2018 7:11:00 AM

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Do you think of retirement communities as a last resort? Whether for a parent, grandparent or any other elderly loved one, you may assume that you should try to keep them out of a retirement community for as long as possible. Even if you have no choice but to move them into one, it’s common to feel a sense of shame or guilt.

In fact, not only is there nothing wrong with moving your parents or other family members into a retirement community, but it also may be the best way to help them remain social, active and healthy.

There are some benefits of retirement living that you might not have thought about. When elderly loved one moves into one, he or she can:

 

1. Opportunities to Form New Friendships

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Most premier retirement communities, including Episcopal Church Home, offer mentally and physically stimulating daily activities and events for their residents. At ECH, those include weekly cocktail hours, creative writing classes, trivia, yoga and other classes.

But these activities aren’t just about keeping residents occupied. They’re about helping them to form lasting friendships with their neighbors and staff — people who truly care about your senior loved one and treat them with respect. There are few better ways for seniors to form lasting friendships.

 

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2. Try New Foods

A top-notch retirement community should offer a variety of foods that that rival any popular restaurant and that can cater to residents’ special requests. That’s just what we do at Episcopal Church Home. And it’s not just about serving our residents delicious meals — it’s about serving them nutritious meals, too.

If you come to ECH for a tour, we invite you to stay for lunch or dinner with our residents. You’ll understand why so many consider dining at Episcopal Church Home a favorite part of their day.

 

3. Stay in Shape

Exercise is essential for good health at any age, and seniors are no exception. But your loved ones may have trouble staying fit if they have mobility issues or chronic illnesses. Retirement communities know how to cater to residents of all abilities. They purchase exercise equipment and design workout programs that are specifically tailored to people who would otherwise have trouble staying in shape. As a result, your loved ones will have every opportunity to remain fit, a result that will benefit their bodies, minds and spirits. 

At ECH, all of the above benefits are possible in an environment that promotes freedom, choice and purpose in residents’ lives. That’s our Person-Centered Care approach. Living here is on residents’ own terms and on their own schedules as much as possible, regardless of their level of care.

 

4. Access to a Continuum of Care

When evaluating retirement communities, it’s important to find out what would happen if your loved one’s health or financial situation changes. At ECH, we promise that if your financial situation or health care needs change you'll still have a home here, even if you outlive your retirement savings. That includes all of our care levels. Not all retirement communities can promise that and it's a pledge we have kept for over a century.

At ECH, all of the above benefits are possible in an environment that promotes freedom, choice and purpose in residents’ lives. That’s our Person-Centered Care approach. Living here is on residents’ own terms and on their own schedules as much as possible, regardless of their level of care.

For more information on all of the benefits of life at ECH or to schedule your tour, click here. We look forward to telling you more about what retirement living here is all about.

 

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Kristin Davenport

Written by: Kristin Davenport

Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’ efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS after a 25 year career as a visual journalist and creative director in Cincinnati. Kristin has a passion for making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city. She is a Lead SAIDO Learning Supporter and a member of the Wellbeing Team at ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex live in Lebanon, Ohio with their 2 daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the Secretary of the Lebanon Food Pantry.

Topics: Episcopal Church Home, benefits of retirement community living

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