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Why More and More Seniors are Opting for Senior Living

December 20, 2018

With so many seniors living longer, healthier lives, it’s easy to understand why they might want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. And yet more seniors than ever before are opting to move to senior communities like ours that offer the benefits of comfortable, independent living without the stresses of home ownership. They see in a site visit that joining a senior community doesn’t mean giving up feeling at home, or losing your freedom to live as you choose. LCB communities 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.

LCB 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. To give a clearer picture, we thought we’d outline a typical day for independent seniors living at The Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury VT.

Seniors at Otter Creek 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 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 Otter Creek 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. The 2:00 Happy Hour is hugely popular for unwinding with friends and sharing some laughs and conversation.

There’s also always the option of scheduling medical appointments on-site with visiting healthcare professionals, such as the dentist, podiatrist, or occupational therapist. Alternatively, residents 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 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. For questions about senior living options at LCB, or to schedule a visit, call (781) 619.9320.