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What Is Moving Into a Senior Living Community Like?

Nursing homes used to be the only option for aging adults. These facilities offered care to seniors whose declining health made it impossible to live at home alone.

Nowadays, independent living is a popular choice for seniors who intend to carry on their vibrant, active lifestyles. Holiday Retirement communities actually boost your independence by taking care of the everyday chores, letting you focus on the things that matter most.

Group of seniors playing cards while 2 high five and share a laugh

Here are eight great perks of moving into a senior living community:

#1 Socialize or Stay at Home

When it comes to leisurely pursuits, retirement communities offer something for everyone. Feeling sporty? Join a fitness class, walking club, yoga or just come to the tailgate and watch the big game with friends. Are you a gamer? We've got board game nights, chess tournaments, bean bag baseball and even video games! Artistic souls love our art classes and well-supplied crafting tables. Socialites have plenty of happy hours, coffee dates and parties to attend. And the list goes on! Learn about the types of neighbors you'll have - find out who will be part of your new crew!

Illustration with copy - Who is your new crew?

Our activities are determined by our residents; we learn about their interests, then set them up with what they need to do the things they love. 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.

And if you're not one for crowds, that's okay too! Your apartment or cottage is a sanctuary of space and privacy, perfect for peaceful solitude or small gatherings. Here at Holiday, you can attend activities or socialize in whatever manner suits you best.

#2 Elevate Your Safety

When it comes to your or a loved one's safety and security, moving into a community provides tremendous peace of mind. Senior living offers safety in numbers with attentive staff and neighbors that are always willing to lend a hand. Holiday communities go above and beyond with these standard security measures:

Lively Mobile Plus

At Holiday Retirement, every resident receives a Lively Mobile Plus emergency response device. You can use this wearable personal security device for anything from emergency assistance and medical alerts to roadside assistance and travel directions. It's like having a 24/7 personal assistant that's always ready to help at the touch of a button!

Proven emergency preparedness

Severe weather and other natural disasters are a fact of life, but every Holiday community has a rigorously-tested emergency plan in place. Staff are trained in emergency policies and procedures and are onsite before, during, and after the event. Back-up generators are available in case of outages, and we leverage powerful supply-chain relationships to ensure we are well-stocked with food and critical supplies. We also keep residents' loved ones updated on any situation.

CDC-approved infectious disease protocols

For over 50 years, Holiday has had stringent infectious disease protocols in place for contagious illnesses like the flu. In response to 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

Telehealth medical services

Frequent doctor's office visits are a reality for many seniors, and often require long wait times. Holiday residents have round-the-clock access to a national network of providers through MeMD telehealth. Telehealth 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 after each meal. And imagine how nice it would be to choose from a range of tasty and freshly-prepared options every time! While many seniors tend to eat less and often lack nutrition and variety in meals at home, life in a senior community makes it easy to eat well and regularly.

At Holiday, our menus are developed and certified by Holiday Director of Culinary Services Sean Danahy, who offers expertise in nutritional science and culinary arts. This means you'll get the best of both worlds in every dish- meals that are highly nutritious but also delicious and satisfying.

Heart healthy sandwich and salad

As a resident, you're also encouraged to offer meal suggestions at our weekly culinary roundtable, and can even provide your favorite recipes to our chef!

Enjoy dining out? Our communities also have plenty of foodies who get together to check out new restaurants, or revisit local favorites.

And of course, if you love preparing your own meals, you can always do so in your own apartment too!


#4 Leave the Chores to Someone Else

Moving into a senior living community means saying "so long" to doing 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

If you've ever had to mow the lawn in 100-degree heat or replace a furnace in the dead of winter, this next perk is particularly pleasing. Routine maintenance and repairs are typically handled by an on-site maintenance team... and included in the rent!

This is welcome news, as any homeowner can attest. Maintaining a home doesn't come cheap. According to a study by Porch, Americans on average spend nearly $16,000 on routine maintenance and home improvement costs.

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 $10,742 each year on transportation.

  • Even though older adults tend to eat less, data shows they're still spending an average of $6,599 or more on food every year.

  • Utilities and public services are among the top expenses in retiree households, costing $3,810 per year for natural gas, electricity, water, phones and Internet access.

  • Entertainment can also add up. On average, seniors pay around $3,800 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 $16,000 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

As we age, our relationships with our children change. Sometimes we find ourselves leaning on them more than we'd like to.

A senior community 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.

Moving into Holiday senior living enables you to enjoy time with your loved ones, who naturally become part of our extended family too. 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. At our senior living communities, you always have the option of grabbing a free ride 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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