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Senior Living Options for Couples

A senior couple enjoys retirement living together

Many senior couples reach a point in their lives together when they are ready to retire, sell their house and start enjoying life without all of their daily responsibilities. Other couples may find it necessary to look for living options that provide some level of care while staying together through this next phase of life.

Whether you are ready for an independent and active lifestyle as a couple or need to be together while one spouse requires nursing care, there are many options that can fit your life and partnership.

Living Options

  • Independent Living – This choice will provide an active life for you as a couple. The focus in this type of community is to provide an atmosphere that is socially engaging. Many have a meal program and/or dining room. Independent living may include limited services such as house cleaning and light personal care.
  • Assisted Living – This is a good option for those that enjoy an independent lifestyle however may need some assistance with daily living activities. This housing choice includes social activities, meals and help when it’s required. Services at assisted living range from personal care to housekeeping. Communities may also offer shuttles to take residents to the grocery store, doctor appointments, or even on day trips.
  • Nursing Homes – When one or both spouses need advanced nursing care they can move to the community as a couple. The two may share a room or use separate units depending on the situation. If one spouse has dementia, a mixed services building can be a beneficial choice.

Benefits of Moving as a Couple

  1. Better quality of life: Senior living communities can offer less stress and you get to stay together. When only one spouse goes to assisted living, the other is left to manage day-to-day activities alone.
  2. Greater access to events and community activities: It’s easier to meet new people with your same interests and attend social events together. Depending on your situation you can experience trips, join clubs and exercise groups, and many more activities.
  3. Better access to care: You have easier access to your appointments, wellness centers, exercise programs and meal planning.1
  4. Improved relationships: When couples retire to the same place together they continue the bond they have shared for years.

Tips for Planning as a Couple

Follow these 5 tips when making this retirement transition together:

  • Research communities for couples ahead of time and start your planning well in advance. Don’t get caught off guard with a sudden illness or problem.
  • Have a financial plan in place. Plan for long-term care so you can stretch your resources.
  • Look for communities that will help you with your transition. Some communities may offer support groups or other resources to help ease the transition to senior living for couples.
  • Consider both individual and shared needs. Make sure both partners are able to have their social needs met, even if they have different medical issues. Both spouses need a good quality of life in the new community.
  • Make arrangements ahead of time for future health changes.

Life Together at Peabody

Peabody Retirement Community provides many vibrant housing options from independent living to skilled nursing care on our 33-acre campus. You can thrive together as a couple in our warm and friendly environment. Come experience what life is like at Peabody by scheduling a tour today. Contact us to discover how we celebrate the ageless spirit.

References:

  1. Senior Living for Couples. www.seniorliving.org. (Accessed Feb 17, 2019).
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