Nov 9, 2007, 1:11 PM
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Changing seasons present best opportunity for move
As the leaves change color, the temperatures gradually drop and sunny days give way to cloud, rain and possibly snow, homebound seniors are faced with the prospect of coping with winter and all its attendant dangers. Thereís the issue of clearing ice or snow, shopping for food during inclement weather, the isolation that so many people endure during winter, not to mention the cost associated with keeping oneís home heated.
The changing seasons present a perfect opportunity for homebound seniors to consider life in a retirement residence. Living in a retirement residence solves a lot of problems that tend to face older people during winter, particularly those in need of a little extra care. For starters, thereís the companionship that so many older people who live alone tend to miss during inclement weather. In a retirement residence one need merely go to the dining room for instant social contact. And speaking of dining, many seniors living alone tend to become malnourished as the job of preparing meals for one or two people gets to be a bother. In a retirement residence seniors enjoy three nutritious, well-balanced meals per day.
Most retirement residences have organized life enrichment programs that are designed to nurture the body, mind and spirit of their residents. These include field trips, games, birthday celebrations, non-denominational religious services, movie nights and organized clubs. Most also have a physical fitness program specifically geared toward seniors that helps their residents maintain good health.
Then there is the advantage of having oneís housekeeping and laundry needs met, as pretty well all retirement residences provide this service to their residents. This gives seniors more time to pursue leisure activities with fellow residents or to engage in other leisure activities, such as a hobby.
As the majority of seniors are on some sort of medication, living in a retirement residence is a good way to ensure that the medication is taken on time and with the correct dosage. Many seniors who live alone tend to forget their medication, or worse, forget that they have taken their medication, which can result in unpleasant consequences, such as an overdose.
In northern latitudes where snow is common, relatives can rest assured in the knowledge that their elderly loved ones will not be faced with the task of snow removal or with the necessity of having to acquire groceries by taking a trip to the supermarket on icy roads. A retirement residence is the perfect solution to all winterís problems.
Similarly, when winter changes to spring seniors are faced with all the problems associated with the growing season. Things like lawn care, hedge trimming, landscaping and related tasks can be overwhelming. Then thereís the weather with heat and humidity taking a toll particularly on seniors. A move to a retirement residence will solve those problems, as nearly all retirement residences today are air-conditioned and all of them have groundskeepers. If gardening is a hobby, there are many retirement residences that actually have residentsí gardens on the grounds, allowing seniors to wield their green thumbs.
Moving from oneís home and perceived independence to a retirement residence can pose emotional difficulties for seniors. However, when faced with the downside of extreme cold or oppressive heat, the case for a move becomes more convincing. Thatís why the most opportune time to initiate a move to a retirement residence is when the seasons change.
Klaus Rohrich is President and Creative Director of Taylor/Rohrich Associates Inc., a marketing and advertising firm that specializes in niche marketing retirement real estate developments