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What Is Moving Into a Senior Living Community Like?


Nursing homes used to be the only option for aging adults. They were based on a need, such as declining health. Today, moving into a senior living community is a lifestyle choice. Independent living communities are filled with vibrant, active adults. Holiday Retirement communities are designed to actually increase your independence by taking care of the everyday hassles. This lets you focus on enjoying life.

Seven options moving into a senior living community provide:

#1 Socialize or Stay at Home

Some people think they’ll be subjected to a lot of boring activities in a senior living community. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Retirement communities have something for everyone. At Holiday Retirement senior living communities, we offer everything from fitness classes and art classes, to tailgating parties and happy hours with live music. Our activities are client-driven. This means we find out what interests our residents, then tailor offerings to their preferences. Some of our activities are even resident-led, so if you have a special talent or passion, you’ll have a platform to share it with others. For instance, see how one of our residents shares her love of art by teaching classes and making a weekly comic strip. 

Consider yourself an introvert? Holiday independent living communities offer the best of both worlds for people who enjoy a lot of alone time or smaller gatherings. Your apartment or cottage provides space and privacy when you’d like it. You also always have the option to attend activities and events, or socialize with a close group of pals.

#2 Elevate Your Safety

Safety is top of mind for most people these days. If you’re worried about your safety or a loved one’s safety, moving into a senior living community provides peace of mind. Living alone puts people aged 65 and older at higher risk for:

  • Multiple falls

  • Lower functioning

  • Memory problems

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Issues with basic daily activities

Senior living communities offer safety in numbers with attentive staff and neighbors that are always willing to lend a hand.  In an era of COVID-19, independent living communities also provide ramped up sanitizing and cleaning measures that follow CDC guidelines, which aren’t easy to replicate at home.

Our residents and their loved ones rest easy with these safety features:

Personal emergency response devices

At Holiday Retirement, all residents have personal GreatCall emergency response devices that send help with the touch of a button. The GreatCall device also allows us to communicate important information to our residents all at once. 


Proven emergency plans

Older adults can be vulnerable during severe weather and other natural disasters. Holiday Retirement communities have plans in place for all types of emergencies. Staff are onsite before and during the event. Back-up generators are available in the case of outages. We leverage powerful supply-chain relationships that ensure our communities are always well-stocked with food and critical supplies. We also keep residents' loved ones updated on the situation.

CDC-approved infectious disease protocols

Holiday Retirement has been around for 50 years. We’ve always had stringent infectious disease protocols in place for contagious illnesses like the flu. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we greatly enhanced these protocols

We have six stages of infectious disease from prevention through recovery. There are cleaning and safety protocols for each stage. This includes detailed information on:

  • Use of personal protective equipment

  • Frequency of cleaning with proven disinfectants

  • Physical distancing

  • Dining service

  • Health care workers

  • Meal delivery

  • Move-ins

  • Visitors

We also have an infectious disease tracker that relays information about any potential illness symptoms within a community. 

Telehealth medical services

Office visits can expose you to contagious illnesses and may require long wait times. Holiday residents have round-the-clock access to a national network of providers through MeMD telehealth. Telehelath is a safe and convenient way to receive care for a number of conditions such as allergies, colds, flu, arthritis, and more.

Safe architectural features

Apartments and common spaces in our retirement communities are designed with safety and ease of use in mind. Some of our safety features include:

  • Handrails

  • Wide hallways

  • Walk-in tubs

  • Easy-to-maneuver floor plans

  • Strategically placed furniture to prevent trip hazards

#3 Let the Chef Cook, or DIY

Think of all the time you’d save if you didn’t have to plan, prepare, serve, and clean up every meal. Not to mention how nice it would be to hand over the job of making sure there’s variety and nutritious options in your diet. Research shows seniors tend to eat less and often lack nutrition and variety in their meals. Moving into a senior living community makes it easy to eat regularly. You also reap the health benefits of nutritious and delicious food choices.

If you love preparing your own meals or dining out from time-to-time, you can do that too. Prepare meals in your apartment or provide your favorite recipes to our chef. Holiday Retirement communities also have their share of foodies who get together most weeks and try new restaurants, or revisit favorite haunts. 

#4 Leave the Chores to Someone Else

Moving into a senior living community means saying sayonara to many chores. Weekly light housekeeping and linen services are included in rent. At Holiday Retirement, cleaning services include light apartment cleaning; linen service; and three daily cleanings of high-touch common areas like:

  • Bathrooms

  • Laundry rooms

  • Elevators

  • Railings

  • Door handles and knobs

  • Chairs

  • Snack bar

  • Mailboxes

  • Activity rooms

#5 Turn Over the Maintenance

A 2016 study found that home maintenance was a source of anxiety and stress in adults ages 64 to 94, often leading to negative feelings toward their home and themselves. Maintaining a home doesn’t come cheap these days either. On average, Americans pay almost $10,000 on repairs, taxes, insurance, and other costs associated with homeownership according to an analysis by Zillow and Thumbtack. 

Don’t worry if you’re one of those people who enjoy making repairs and fixing things. We’ll be sure to find a way for you to channel that energy. Check out the story of Holiday resident Bill Cardarelle, otherwise known as “the Handy Hunk.”

#6 Save on Bundled Bills

Moving into a senior living community can save you headaches and money by grouping all of your bills into one easy, affordable monthly payment. This can make a real difference when you look at all of the separate bills you pay every month. 

How do your monthly bills stack up to the national average? 

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that people spend around $9,761 each year on transportation. 

  • Even though older adults tend to eat less,  data shows they’re still spending an average of $6,000 or more on food every year.

  • ENERGY STAR® finds the average American household forks out over $2,000 a year on utilities, not including cable or phone bills. 

  • Entertainment can also add up. On average, seniors pay around $3,000 a year for entertainment. 

  • Gym memberships average around $58 a month ($696 a year), but it isn’t unusual for dues to run $100 or more. 

  • And don’t forget that $10,000 a year on average in home maintenance. 

Rent in a Holiday Retirement community covers all the essentials and more. Residents enjoy:

  • Three chef-prepared meals

  • Transportation

  • Most utilities

  • Housekeeping

  • Personal emergency response devices

  • Maintenance

  • Daily activities

  • Exclusive Travel & Stay program, which allows you to stay and dine for free at any of our Holiday Retirement communities across the nation.


#7 Enjoy Time With Family Members

Moving into a senior living community empowers you to really enjoy time with your loved ones without feeling like a burden. As we age, our relationships with our children change. Sometimes we find ourselves leaning on them more than we’d like to. 

Holiday Retirement offers a lifestyle that keeps you in charge of your life and needs, without depending on family members so much. There’s no need to call upon them for help with maintenance, meals, or transportation. If your needs evolve, you can use a home health aide to assist with personal care.

Residents’ loved ones are part of Holiday’s extended family. They’re welcome to visit, and take part in events and activities. Our independent living communities feature private rooms where you can hold birthday parties and other gatherings. You can even have our culinary team cater the event. Enjoy the moments with your loved ones without added stress.

#8 Choose When You Want to Drive

No one’s asking you to give up your car, but it’s nice to be able to leave the driving to someone else if desired. It’s also good to keep in mind that even if you’re driving frequently now, you may want to take advantage of complimentary transportation as you age and are at increased risk for accidents. At our senior living communities, you always have the option of taking complimentary transportation to appointments, errands, shopping, and outings. 

See For Yourself

The best way to get a feel for what a senior living community is all about is to take a tour. Holiday Retirement offers customized virtual tours as well as in-person tours. We’re happy to answer all of your questions about the move-in process, and give you a window into the rewarding life at one of our independent living communities.

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