5 Reasons Your Loved One May Benefit from a Retirement Community

Group Of Senior Couples Enjoying Meal Together In Care Home With Teenage Helper
13 Sep 2016

We all want the best for our loved ones and this includes seeing them enjoy the greatest quality of life, no matter their age. It can be a difficult decision to encourage a friend or family member to leave their home and move into a retirement community, especially if they feel strongly about staying where they are.

If you think it’s in the best interest of your loved one to consider moving into a senior living center, here are five reasons you can share with them that might help them see the benefits of making a retirement community, like the Middletown Home, their new home. Take a look!

  1. Health and safety

Health and safety is a top concern. As your loved one ages, they may be at risk for more accidents around their home. Especially if they are living alone, a small accident can turn into a serious problem quickly. In a retirement community, apartments and rooms are specially designed to accommodate any range of physical limitations. Skilled caregivers also ensure that your loved one is checked on frequently, properly given their medication and living in a clean, safe environment.

  1. New friends

A retirement community if the perfect opportunity to make new friends who are in the same season of life. Your loved one will have daily social interaction that they otherwise may not get when living alone. Whether it’s enjoying a cup of coffee or eating dinner together, life is far more enjoyable when you have friends nearby!

  1. New activities

In addition to new friends, a retirement community offers plenty of new activities to explore. Your loved one can continue a hobby they have always enjoyed like gardening or playing cards. They can also take on a whole new pastime like gardening or dancing. Staying mentally and physically active will greatly enhance their quality of life.

  1. More independence

Your loved one can also enjoy more independence while living in a retirement community. For example, the Middletown home offers a variety of living options from apartments to single rooms. Without the responsibility of taking care of a big house, your loved one can independently take care of themselves without the stress of taking care of things like mowing a lawn, repairing a roof or fixing a broken appliance.

  1. Better quality of life

Finally and most importantly, your loved one will have a better quality of life at a retirement community. With skilled caregivers to oversee their health and safety, new friends and new activities as well as independent living at its finest, this season of life just might be their best one yet!

Did you find the information in this article useful? Please share your feedback by commenting below!



  1. Maggie Allen Says: September 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    You make a really good point about how retirement communities will have more activities. In my opinion, it is very important that seniors are active, no matter how old they are. That stimulation will ensure that they feel fulfilled every single day. Like you said, it will enhance their quality of life. Plus, I think it will extend their life spans!

    • Thank you for your comment, Maggie! Yes, staying active both mentally and physically is so important at every age. Retirement communities offer a lot of opportunities to do so and within someone’s personal abilities.

  2. Independence is such a key factor in retirement communities. While it still provides the support that they need, it gives seniors a chance to feel independent. Thanks for sharing this.

    • You are so right, Rachel. And retirement communities can offer a wide range of ways to feel independent, even if the resident has limited abilities. We’re glad you enjoyed this article!

  3. I really like what was said about making new friends and doing new activities when it comes to living in a retirement home. My grandparents used to sit around and do nothing all day at their house before they moved to a retirement home. They ended up having a blast making new friends at their new place!

    • Thank you for commenting, Jay! That’s great to hear that your grandparents have found new activities and friends to enjoy at their retirement home. We see many of our residents experience the same thing!

  4. I agree with your tip about how retirement communities offer plenty of new activities to explore. My family is contemplating having our grandparents live in a retirement community so that they are able to participate in the activities provided there. I will have to share these benefits that come with living in a retirement with my family and my grandparents.

    • Marketing Says: January 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you for your comment! We are so glad to hear you found this article useful as you consider a retirement community for your grandparents. You are right that there are many benefits like activities and social interactions to consider.

  5. My father just had his 84th birthday yesterday and wants to move into a retirement home since mom died 13 years ago. It was so nice to learn that a retirement community if the perfect opportunity to make new friends who are in the same season of life. We will be sure to talk to an expert to get more information about helping him move in at the end of March!

    • Marketing Says: February 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Jenna! That’s very exciting news for you and your family and how nice that it was his idea. At the right retirement community, he will surely make friends, explore hobbies and have a great quality of life. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can offer more advice to you.

  6. The article mentions that a senior living center can be beneficial since it helps improve both health and safety of a senior. Another benefit I’ve read is that senior living centers provide good social interaction for seniors which can actually help with mental health problems. Slowing the decline of mental health seems like a benefit substantial enough for me to consider a senior living center for my loved ones.

    • Excellent addition! Yes, the social interaction is a huge benefit that we actually alluded to in several points including new friends, new activities and better quality of life. It was so important, we had to break it down a bit. Thank you for commenting and we are glad you enjoyed this article!

  7. That’s right, safety is a concern for elder loved ones. My grandma fell down the other day; it was scary. My family wants to talk to her about moving to a community for safety.

    • Marketing Says: March 30, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      We are so sorry to hear that and hope that your grandma is on her way to recovery. You are right that it is very scary when an aging loved one falls or can no longer take care of themselves like they used to. We are proud to offer a skilled and compassionate community where our residents can continue to enjoy a great quality of life.

  8. I am so glad to know that a retirement community is the perfect opportunity for your loved one to make new friends. Knowing that your relative will have daily social interaction would be great. Visiting the facility before committing to its services would be wise to find if it is sanitary and clean.

    • Marketing Says: May 1, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Jade! Absolutely you should be sure you trust the facility and find it sanitary and clean. We hold ourselves to the highest standards for our residents and pride ourselves on a clean and comfortable environment that produces a great quality of life!

  9. Johnnie Fleener Says: July 27, 2017 at 9:28 am

    The first reason that comes to mind when talking about retirement homes is social life. Your loved one may find many people to share his or her life experiences too. Make sure you choose a clean and well-equipped retirement home for your loved one. Retirement homes have several activities for seniors to do throughout the day. Caregivers can look after seniors and make their life exciting at a retirement home. Thank you for sharing the benefits.

    • Marketing Says: July 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      You are absolutely right, Johnnie! A good retirement community goes beyond just meeting the basic needs of the residents, it should also have well-planned, thoughtful activities that appeal to a wide range of interests and skill levels. We are proud to offer exactly that here are the Middletown Home!

  10. Sandra Hexner Says: August 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Thank you for all this great information about the benefits of a retirement senior community! I really like your point that my grandma will feel more independent and be able to take care of herself and her room much easier than her huge home. My grandmas hates us coming over to her home to mow the lawn and the other things you listed, so maybe she would enjoy having less responsibility, which in return will give her more independence. We’ll take this into account as we look over her many options.

    • Marketing Says: August 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Wonderful! We are so glad to hear you can use this information to help make an informed decision for your grandmother’s new home. Wishing you the best of luck throughout the transition.

  11. Violette Lebrac Says: August 28, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I appreciate your thoughts about how senior independent living communities provide people with the opportunities to be social that they might not have if they live alone. My dad died a few years ago, and ever since my mom has been really lonely. She might have more social interaction at a retirement community.

    • Marketing Says: August 29, 2017 at 6:14 am

      Hi Violette and thank you for your comment! The socialization your mom will receive in an independent living community is definitely worth considering. You may also wish to consider her level of independence at home and if she’s ready to leave the environment she’s known all her life. Having a conversation early and often will assist in both of you being comfortable with this change. Best wishes!

  12. Ashley Turns Says: October 4, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Since my grandma died a few months ago, we’ve been wondering the best way to take care of our grandpa. So I appreciate you mentioning that by bringing them to a retirement community could help them make new friends and engage in daily interactions that they couldn’t have living alone. Since I’m sure making some new friends would be very helpful in boosting my grandpa’s mood, I will definitely suggest to the family that we find some great retirement communities he could really enjoy.

    • Marketing Says: October 5, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Thanks for the comment Ashley. We are sorry to hear about the loss of your grandma. Considering a retirement community for your grandpa to help make new friends and provide a more social environment is a great idea. We have seen this work very well for some of our residents. Wishing you and your family the best!

  13. Ashley Maxwell Says: November 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    My husband and I are considering assisted living facilities for his parents to stay since they are getting older and need help taking care of themselves. Thanks for your comment about how these types of facilities and communities are safe and allow you to feel at peace that they won’t be put in danger in any way. I like how you said that the caregivers that work at these types of places are trained to administer medicine and check-on those staying there often.

    • Marketing Says: November 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Ashley–You are absolutely right! Our community here at the Middletown Home is extremely safe and comes with a reliable network of healthcare professionals who are always available to assist. Best of luck on your journey of finding the right assisted living facility for your in-laws.

  14. Scott Adams Says: November 21, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I hadn’t thought about how living in a community can help seniors meet new people to spend time with. My father has gotten older and I don’t know if he wants to keep living on his own. I can see how it would be nice for him to try an assisted living center. That way he will be able to meet people with similar interests as him.

    • Thank you for commenting, Scott! Yes, you are quite right in that a continuing care community will help you father encounter more social opportunities and also put him in immediate proximity of people who may share similar interests. We wish you the best on your search for the right senior living community for your father!

  15. Persephone de Vito Says: December 5, 2017 at 2:31 am

    It was nice how you placed “new friends” in the second most important benefit of bringing a loved one to a retirement community. Like you said, they will have the opportunity to make new friends who are in the same season of life and enjoy the daily interactions that they will not receive when living alone. My grandmother spoke to me last night and mentioned how she wants to be brought to a retirement community soon. Of course, I was upset. However, seeing this article changed my mind. Thank you.

    • Marketing Says: December 5, 2017 at 6:11 am

      Thank you for the comment! We are so glad to hear this article has helped, in part, to change your outlook toward retirement communities. Certainly take the time and do your research to find one that is a good fit for your grandma and we are sure she will be very happy for years to come!

  16. Ridley Fitzgerald Says: December 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    My mom would love a retirement community. She doesn’t get to meet a lot of people now, and I know she’s lonely. The fact that she could meet people her age is a huge plus for her.

    • Thank you for sharing your personal situation! We certainly recommend having your mom visit a few retirement communities in your area to discover which could be a good fit for her. Remember to making her a key part of the process so she feels involved and in control. Also start the conversation early, so she can ease into the idea of this change. Best of luck!

  17. I hadn’t thought about how living in a retirement home could help elderly people meet others with similar interests. I have been looking for a way to help my aging father. It would be smart to find a retirement home for him. That way, he won’t feel as alone anymore.

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