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Moving to a Senior Living Community vs. Staying at Home


Older adults will have several issues to deal with while living at home. Allow this table to show a cross comparison of living alone vs. a senior living community. A safe community just might be the right choice.

HomeSenior Living
Social LifeInaccessibility to friends; unable to participate in events with other people.Daily contact with neighbors,staff, and acquaintances. Entertainemt is provided every night.
TransportationDependent on other people for transportation from location to location.Facility will prearrange transportation such as a bus or car anytime that the resident requires transportation.
DiningUnaccompanied/solitary meals; Trouble maintaining a special prescribed diet.Easier to maintain a prescribed diet, able to eat in room or with neighbors of the community.
HousekeepingEver growing difficulty with maintaining the upkeep of household chores.All clothing, bed linen, and bathroom towels are cleaned by laundry services.
Emergency AssistanceAvailability of assistance is variable and not always reliable when needed.24/7 emergency staff access along with additional alert systems such as alarms.
ExerciseNarrow opportunities to access to proper exercise equipment or space.Routine appointments by multiple therapy providers to maintain and increase general wellbeing.
IndependenceHigher reliance on the assistance of others, requiring help with ADLs.Staff provide support with daily tasks to ensure safety and independence.

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