Today’s seniors are living longer, healthier lives, with more choices and a greater say in how they want to enjoy this next chapter. And senior communities have risen to the demands of this vibrant population, offering more amenities, greater variety, and a higher standard of living than ever before. If you’re new to today’s senior communities, you might be pleasantly surprised at how they’ve evolved from what you might be imagining from years past! Here’s a look at what senior living looks and feels like today.
At communities like the ones we offer at LCB, senior living offers the benefits of comfortable, independent living without the stresses of home ownership. We know the value of seeing this first-hand, which is why we always encourage site visits during the exploration process, so that seniors can see for themselves what they gain through this choice. Joining a senior community doesn’t mean giving up feeling at home, or losing your freedom to live as you choose. Communities like ours offer seniors the options of fully independent living, on a campus that includes Assisted Living and other services, with a full array of engagement programming designed to fulfill a broad spectrum of interests and passions. This continuum of care and enrichment allows residents to live their fullest lives, knowing should they need help for any reason, it’s right nearby.
Residences are typically a mix of apartments and common spaces, offering amenities, activities and services – dining and transportation options, for example, or fitness and recreation facilities. On a typical day at an LCB community, seniors wake up in private, secure apartments with full kitchenettes and living space. They can choose to make breakfast on their own, or be waited on restaurant-style in the dining room by the full-time culinary staff that encourages residents to share recipes and dietary preferences. After breakfast, they might join a group traveling to a local museum or lecture, take a swim in the indoor heated pool, or enjoy a painting class – it just depends on what they feel like doing and what’s on the community’s engagement calendar, which is different every day.
Lunch includes a mix of full entrees and lighter fare, and can be served both in the dining room and out on the patio, if the weather’s nice. Some residents might choose to hop the shuttle into town instead, to grab a bite to eat and get errands done. Afternoon options are apt to include a visiting lecturer, or a nature walk, a gardening session or a poker game. There’s often an afternoon Happy Hour, hugely popular for unwinding with friends and sharing some laughs and conversation. Residents also always have the option of scheduling medical appointments on-site with visiting healthcare professionals, such as the dentist, podiatrist, or occupational therapist. Alternatively, they might ask the concierge to book them an appointment at barbershop or beauty salon.
Evening doings after dinner could involve anything from reading by the fireplace, gathering for a movie or concert, or catching the Red Sox game on the flat screen. Snacks and drinks are typically available 24/7, so people who feel like staying up and chatting can do so comfortably.
It’s perhaps no surprise, then, why seniors are choosing these types of community living options that give them the freedom to pursue a wide variety of enrichment and relaxation they hadn’t had time for before, in an environment that feels like home. Schedule a visit to experience our community firsthand or explore your options in our solutions guide. Check it out by clicking the link below.