“There are a lot of articles online discussing signs for when it’s time to make a move to senior living – but most of them are geared towards the “need to move” crowd, not the “want to move” crowd. That’s not always relevant to today’s seniors,” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley.
“It used to be that senior living was something that you wanted to avoid for as long as possible,” she says. “That’s not the case anymore. Now, people are dreaming about the day they retire and even move to senior living because they’re ready to embrace the active, worry-free lifestyle that’s available.”
Still, it can be hard to know when it’s time to make a big life change like that. “Even if seniors are excited to jump into retirement living with two feet, it’s a very big decision and they wonder whether it’s the right time,” Kristine says. “That’s a very valid point, and it’s definitely not a decision that should be taken lightly. Instead, it’s a very personal question that each senior must answer individually.”
So how do you know when you’re ready to make a move? What are the signs you should be looking for? Kristine says that there are four main signs that may mean you’re ready to say hello to a new chapter in your life.
1. You’re tired of homeownership.
Homeownership is the American dream, and like many seniors, you probably live in a family home that’s been yours for decades. A lot of memories are contained within those walls. But a lot of work is contained within them, too. When you’re a homeowner, you have to take care of everything: cleaning, cooking, home maintenance, laundry, yardwork … even if you hire out all those chores, you’re still responsible for coordinating (and paying for) getting it done. You’re also paying a lot in utilities and taxes for a space that you may not fully use. Think about it – are there rooms in your house that you haven’t been in for months? When was the last time you gathered around the formal dining room table?
Moving to a senior living community can solve your homeownership woes and give you back your independence and freedom. At a community like Waterstone at Wellesley, seniors don’t have to do any chores – no more cleaning, no more laundry, no more shoveling snow or mowing grass. We take care of everything, and it’s all included in your monthly rent. You don’t even have to cook anymore if you don’t want to. Instead, you enjoy the privacy of your very own home, plus the convenience of having resort-style living right outside your front door.
2. You’re concerned about your needs in the future.
Right now, you’re active, healthy and full of energy. You have no major health issues and you can still do everything you want to do, even climbing multiple flights of stairs. However, will that be the case in five years? Ten years? 20 years? As we age, it’s expected that we will lose some of our abilities and living in a big home can cause a lot of issues. Moving to a senior living community means that you’re thinking about your needs both now and in the future.
For example, Waterstone at Wellesley has been designed with the needs of seniors in mind for all stages of life. Our independent living options are just like living in your own home, but you have access to assisted living right within your reach. In other words, you have complete peace of mind because you know you’ll be taken care of – and you don’t have to deal with the stress of moving if and when your health needs require it.
3. You’d like a more active social life.
Loneliness can be a real problem for seniors. Not only does age mean it can be harder to get out and about, but it also means that your social circle shrinks as people move or pass away. Loneliness increases your risk of certain diseases and mental disorders, so it’s essential that seniors remain linked to people they care about. Which is why many older adults choose to move to a senior living community in the first place. Suddenly, they’re surrounded by a large group of peers who are also looking for friendships in this stage of life and are excited about the prospect of everything retirement has to offer. By moving to a senior living community before you “need” to, you can more easily become integrated into the lifestyle there and make friends.
4. You like the all-inclusive nature of a community.
Convenience can be a true measure of freedom. At a community like Waterstone at Wellesley, convenience is the name of the game. For one monthly fee, residents enjoy everything the community has to offer. No having to worry about making modifications to their home. No having to pay property taxes or shelling out big bucks to have the driveway fixed. No dealing with buying groceries or transportation costs or scheduling social activities. Instead, you can use your money to take trips with the grandchildren, experience faraway countries or do whatever else you’d like. The community takes care of it all, giving you all the time in the world to enjoy and explore your active, independent retirement.
“When you look at all the positives of moving into a senior living community like Waterstone at Wellesley, you’ll see that it makes sense to move into one while you’re still active and healthy,” says Kristine. “By experiencing our community to the fullest when you’re independent and enjoying life, you can make it your home so that, as you age, you feel comfortable and secure while receiving the care you need. We invite you to take a tour of our amazing community and see for yourself how we’re making senior living attractive to seniors of all ages.”
For more information about our distinctive and worry-free lifestyle, please contact us at 781.591.7113.
Beautiful Riverfront Community
Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.
Celebrating Dynamic Living
Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.
Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.
Confidence of Care
The hallmark of Waterstone assisted living is the peace of mind we provide both our residents and their families. Knowing that care and support is available right on site instills a sense of confidence and calm one can’t find living alone.
For prospective residents or their families interested in residing at Waterstone at Wellesley, please contact us at 781.591.7113.