3 Signs It’s the Right Time to Move to a Senior Living Community

Posted on: February 20, 2022

Just like buying a new home, there are many factors to take into account when considering a move to a life plan community (aka continuing care retirement community). How do you know if you are ready? 

First and foremost, you want to visit senior living communities you are interested in, just like you would when purchasing a new home. At Otterbein Granville, you can visit our campus in person or take a virtual visit from your home. We’ll gladly walk the community and show you around via an iPad.

Aside from a visit, many of our residents were experiencing these three signs when they knew they were ready to transition to a life plan community.

1. You’re Worried About Your Safety at Home

Living at home alone can be frightening when you think about ‘what ifs’ from a fall, illness, or other emergency situation. It becomes even scarier when you add a global pandemic into the mix.

Life plan communities provide a sense of security and comfort as they have safety and security measures already in place, such as an alarm/alert system in every apartment, cottage, and villa and 24/7 on-site staff. 

At Otterbein Granville, we also have an on-campus wellness center staffed by an MD with a specialty in geriatric medicine, nurse practitioners, a psychologist, and RNs. Just minutes away from our residents’ homes, the center offers outpatient care, blood draws, medication deliveries, and more!

LIfe plan communities also are typically at the forefront of the latest guidelines and trends in health and wellness. With the spread of the coronavirus in 2020, our community immediately focused on creating a safe and healthy environment for residents. Sanitation practices and guidelines to protect our environment and residents become a No. 1 priority. When the vaccination became available, life plan communities like ours were at the top of the list to get doses, and we offered an on-site vaccination clinic for our residents and staff.

Gain peace of mind and a sense of comfort when you know you are surrounded by a community watching out for you.

2. You’re Concerned About Home Maintenance

Clean the house, wash the windows, call the appliance repair person, shovel snow, mow the lawn — and the list goes on! As your home begins to feel like more of a burden, it’s common to want to downsize and get rid of home maintenance.

Look for an independent living community that provides maintenance-free living so you can focus on your want-to’s instead of your have-to’s.

Also, if you enjoy traveling and plan to travel in the future, a maintenance-free senior living accommodation makes it easier than ever to jet off to parts unknown. You don’t have to worry about arranging for someone to check on your house while you’re away. You’ll never have to wonder if the torrential rain caused your basement to flood. Instead, you’re free to focus on having fun.

3. You’re Looking to Kick Up Your Social Life

Staying at home too much can cause loneliness, which can lead to depression, weight gain, and other health issues. There are several health benefits to being surrounded by like-minded people who naturally help you stay engaged.

Moving to a life plan community makes it easier to expand your social circle and join in on new activities. Even with social distancing in place due to COVID-19, here at Otterbein Granville we ensure our residents are staying active by offering socially-distanced programs, virtual programs, routine check-ins and more.

Also on campus, we have an aquatic center with a heated pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a variety of classes in balance, strength, and aerobic activity.  We have walking paths, nature trails, an arboretum with a pond, an art studio, bocce court, bridge room, fiber arts center, putting green and lots more!

It’s much easier to make new friends and find new adventures when you have a wealth of opportunities just outside your front door.

Moving to Otterbein Granville

Located on over 90 acres of gorgeous Ohio countryside, Otterbein Granville is a thriving life plan community providing a safe, revitalizing environment for active older adults. As a 5-star-rated life plan community, living options include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and short-term rehab. 

As you look ahead to the future, now is the time to uncover if a retirement community is the right fit for the lifestyle you want to live. Check out this webpage for some resources and tips on how to get started with your search.

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