16 November, 2022 | 11 min read

7 Steps to Determine If Senior Living is Right for You

There is no place like home. Whether it is the family home that your children grew up in, or an apartment that you spent months customizing and making your own, there is no place that elicits the same feelings of safety and comfort.  

When the time approaches to consider senior living options, it's easy to get overwhelmed and unsure of what your next move should be. Finding the right option can help you continue living an engaged and fulfilled lifestyle, this time without the stress and hassle of maintaining your own property. 

In a recent AARP survey of senior adults, one-third of respondents admitted to needing changes in their current living environment to safely remain there. Common renovations may include bathroom modifications, outdoor and indoor accessibility upgrades and added security.  

Many houses and apartments were not designed with aging in mind and remodeling can be expensive and stressful. Finding an environment that supports aging well is crucial and can provide that sense of safety and comfort that is craved by all of us.  

Eskaton communities were designed with you in mind. Our continuum of care model meets the unique needs of each resident as they are now and pivots to continue meeting these needs as they change over time. 

Understanding which features are important to you and your lifestyle will allow you to find a senior living option that complements your lifestyle. 

Senior living features that support aging well 

There are several community elements that typically contribute to living a high quality of life. Consider the following: 

  • Accessible and personal residence  
  • Assistance with daily tasks if needed 
  • Activities and social events for engagement 
  • Opportunities to meet and make new friends 
  • Fitness classes and exercise instruction 
  • Healthy and delicious dining 
  • Scheduled transportation 
  • Security and safety features 

Pinpoint what is most important to you in a living environment and use this to help you make the best decision to support your lifestyle and needs. 

Download our helpful complementary information, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living

Senior living and aging-in-place 

Many senior adults are faced with two options; remaining at home or moving into a senior living community. Consider what is most important to you and what features are needed to help you achieve a safe, fulfilled lifestyle. 

1.  Accessible and welcoming residence

Remaining at home: Take a close look at your existing home to determine if it is safe and accessible to continue living in. 

Choosing a senior living community: Residences in a community are designed for accessibility and comfort. These spaces can be personalized by each resident to make them feel more like home.   

2.  Assistance with daily tasks

Remaining at home: If a helping hand is needed with bathing, grooming or other basic tasks, a home care worker may need to provide regular assistance.  

Senior living community: Around-the-clock care is provided by compassionate staff members, giving you and your loved ones peace of mind.  

3. Activities and social events

Remaining at home: A common challenge with living at home is finding social activities to participate in regularly, as well as arranging for the appropriate transportation.  

Senior living community: A monthly calendar is provided with activities and social events for every demographic and interest.  

4. Opportunities for new friendships

Remaining at home: Loneliness and isolation is a common struggle amongst senior adults, especially when living alone.  

Senior living community: With a variety of activities, clubs and social events, it’s easy to stay connected and foster new, meaningful connections with like-minded individuals. 

5. Fitness and exercise

Remaining at home: While some people have exercise equipment conveniently located within their homes, most rely on gym memberships or subscriptions to exercise classes to help them improve their balance and flexibility.  

Senior living community: Many senior living communities boast state-of-the-art fitness centers and regular exercise classes like yoga and tai chi that allow residents to stay active. 

6. Healthy and appealing dining programs

Remaining at home: Planning and shopping for daily meals (not to mention the cooking and clean-up) can get overwhelming. This can lead to less-than-healthy snacking and meal substitutions. We’re all guilty of it!  

Senior living community: With on-site restaurants and cafes, as well as a team of culinary professionals, it’s easy to eat nutritious foods that don’t skimp on flavor.  

7. Scheduled transportation

Remaining at home: If you’re no longer driving, you may find yourself relying more on friends and family for rides or staying at home, which can lead to social isolation. 

Senior living community: Senior living communities offer transportation to medical appointments, shopping plazas and off-site entertainment that allow residents to stay connected and continue enjoying their favorite activities.  

Life at Eskaton Communities 

We believe in the magic and purpose within each of our residents and see each day as an opportunity to enhance their lives. In fact, Eskaton is defined as “the dawning of a new day.” We’ve been proudly serving the Sacramento region and Northern California for over 50 years and look forward to many more. 

The Eskaton Difference starts with our life-enriching programs and collaborative partnerships. With a national reputation for innovation, we focus on creating communities that provide our residents with everything they need for purposeful and passionate living.  

We invite you to visit one of our award-winning communities to witness the magic yourself and learn about some of the amenities we offer, including: 

  • Private residences 
  • Delicious and nutritious meals 
  • Social opportunities to meet and make new friends 
  • Creative activities and therapies 
  • Fitness centers and exercise classes 
  • Housekeeping services 
  • Transportation services 
  • 24-hour staffing 
  • Pet-friendly 
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • And much, much more! 

If you’re considering whether senior living could be the best choice for you or a loved one, we’re here to answer any questions that you may have. We also invite you to download some helpful complementary information, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living. To schedule a personalized tour, call us at 1-866-ESKATON (1-866-375-2866) or visit eskaton.org. 

Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted living