Electing to stay at home and age in place may seem a viable option for seniors, especially in today’s economy. However, it may prove less desirable than it appears.
First and foremost is the stress of renovating an existing home, an emotional strain most seniors would like to avoid. Unforeseen financial expenditures and significant decision-making, from selecting reliable contractors to managing a construction timeline to ongoing interruptions, may create unnecessary psychological and/or physical burdens.
“Renovating is like layers of an onion. One thing can be overlaid and dependent of another,” said Assaad Zeid, executive director of The Village at Sherman Oaks, a luxury independent and assisted living community in Sherman Oaks, Calif. “What might begin simply as the installation of grab bars in the shower can easily turn into the widening of doorways or the lowering of kitchen counters to accommodate wheelchairs.”
Top-notch senior living communities have been designed from inception with the senior consumer in mind. Smart planning, which includes universal design features, allows residents to age in place without the need for modifications.
Even if renovations can be accomplished, remaining in an existing home presents other challenges such as finding reliable caregivers or becoming socially isolated.
At continuum of care communities like The Village at Sherman Oaks, licensed nurses are available on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offer residents a comprehensive menu of care services.
According to Zeid, free from the burden of home-maintenance concerns, residents at The Village at Sherman Oaks often experience an enhanced social life and find themselves with more time to enjoy the things they love.
“A senior living community offers significant benefits,” said Zeid. “From gourmet dining and resort-style amenities to a wealth of health and fitness programs, retirement communities offer seniors an excellent value. But more importantly, the lifestyle afforded by communities like The Village at Sherman Oaks provides peace of mind for the future.”
The Village at Sherman Oaks includes 239 luxury independent and assisted living residences, a wealth of services and amenities, plus a full calendar of social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities. Residents enjoy numerous resort-style features including: The Village Restaurant, open 12 hours daily, a fully equipped fitness center, The Albers Theater, Internet lounge, bank, market, mailroom, arts and crafts room, library, bistro bar, swimming pool and spa, a full-service beauty salon, and secured parking garage.
For more information or to schedule a personal appointment, call The Village at Sherman Oaks at (818) 994-7900 or visit www.srgseniorliving.com.