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Do I Really Need Senior Living?

If you’re considering senior living or other long-term care options for yourself or a family member, start the discussion early. Research options now, rather than waiting for an imminent need. The following questions and responses may be helpful in your decision-making process.

“We don’t need senior living. We’re healthy, can take care of ourselves, and can take care of our home.”

  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), such as Charter House, are usually set up for folks to join before they “need it.” CCRC’s provide a continuum of care for residents from independent living to assisted living and skilled care. You can continue to travel and enjoy the same activities while having the benefit of knowing your new home will be taken care of while you’re away. It’s a fact that a majority of individuals will need some type of assistance as they age. Whether you’re considering options such as senior living or in-home care, have a plan in place to avoid a crisis situation resulting from an illness or injury. If you wait, your options are likely to be limited and someone else may have to make a decision for you.

“We enjoy our outdoor space at home, our garden, our workshop, etc…”

  • Great!  You can continue to enjoy those at many senior communities, such as Charter House. Charter House has a greenhouse, woodworking shop, fitness center, salon & spa, and extensive patio space.  But the difference at Charter House is that you’re not responsible for maintaining those areas, replacing tools if they’re worn or broken, or paying for snow removal and yard maintenance. Visit our website to learn more about our amenities.

“We have children who can help take care of us if we ever need it.”

  • That’s great that you have children willing to help you if needed, but wouldn’t it be better if they didn’t have to? Maybe they’re raising their own families and busy with their careers. Make the decision about your long-term care now, and you will be in control of your own future. Your children will not have to worry about what to do; what a gift to them! Plus, when they come to visit you, you can focus on enjoying your time together rather than completing a list of tasks and chores.

Making a decision about long-term care and senior living can be distressing. So start planning now and learn about your options.