Is Senior Living the Right Decision?

Is Senior Living the Right Decision?

“I’ll know it when I see it.”

Maybe you’ve heard that expression before, or maybe you’ve even said it yourself when contemplating a major decision such as a new car, new home, engagement ring or even a new puppy. But when it comes to senior living, your best strategy for getting what you really want is knowing what you are really looking for—what you want, what you need, and what you need to keep thinking about.

Making the senior living decision: what are you looking for?

At Heritage and Orchard Pointe Communities, we’re here to help you. Take a minute and go through these simple charts so you can form a picture of the ideal retirement lifestyle for you or for a loved one. Remember that most senior living communities already offer the basics such as meals, transportation, housekeeping, linen service, maintenance and activities.

Residences:   NEED  WANT   



Washer/dryer in apartment       
Individual heat/air       
Full kitchen       

Your residence is your home, where you relax and recharge without worries of housekeeping or other daily duties. It should feel comfortable and inviting; the haven you’ve looked forward to enjoying. Consider the elements above, as well as any other things that come to mind. For instance, finishes, amount of natural light, safety features in the bathroom, window treatments, covered and/or underground parking, and any other aspects that are important to your decision.

When you picture your new home in your mind, what do you see?


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Lifestyle:  NEED  WANT   



Multiple dining venues       
Outdoor spaces       
Walking paths       
Art classes       
Lifelong learning       
Group outings       
Interesting activities       
Spiritual programs       
Spa service       
Pet-friendly features       

A vibrant social life is what healthy aging is all about, and it’s definitely something to have on your list. Classes, parties, special outings to areas of interest, volunteer projects, social hours, outdoor events… before you decide about senior living, check to see what kind of opportunities are available, and whether they appeal to you. Ask if you can suggest something new.

Whether it’s a lively card game, a group trip to a special destination, or solving fun mysteries, at Heritage and Orchard Pointe Communities, having fun is a major goal. Because we believe everyone’s home should be a delight, we think it’s important to infuse good times, laughter and rewarding relationships into residents’ lives.

And don’t forget to give careful thought to dining. Do you plan to keep cooking, or would you delight in knowing a chef-prepared meal is waiting for you just steps away?

Care/Wellness:  NEED  WANT   



24-hour on-site care associates       
On-site medical director       
Memory care       
Fitness center       
Yoga/Tai Chi       

Staying strong and avoiding injury or illness is very important for maintaining your independence as long as possible. Having the resources you need right where you live offers you a tremendous advantage. Exercise classes, yoga and Tai Chi, walking groups, meditation, attention to dietary needs, opportunities for connection and mental stimulation, and more put you on the right path for healthy aging and longevity, with the added benefits of friendly companions along the way. When considering your decision about senior living, remember what an important role wellness plays.

In addition, you will want to give some thought concerning the availability of care options should your needs change. Choosing senior living with independent living, assisted living, and memory care can offer great peace of mind. You will know you have a plan in place for the future, and that your care will be delivered in a familiar and comfortable setting by people you have come to know and trust.

Safety/Security:  NEED  WANT   



Emergency call technology       
Front desk coverage       
Emergency preparedness plan       

A major benefit of senior living is that it is designed especially for the health and wellbeing of residents. Someone is always on-site if needed, day or night, 365 days a year. If that matters to you and your family, be sure to ask specific questions about the type of security provided, as well as any other safety features that you consider important.

What you need. What you want. Heritage and Orchard Pointe Communities might be just right for you.

Whenever you come to a Heritage or Orchard Pointe Community, to live or to visit a loved one, you’ll feel as if you’ve come home.

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