8 Reasons to Downsize with a Smile: A New Perspective on Assisted Senior Care

Downsize with a Smile: A New Perspective on Assisted Senior Care

For older adults facing the option of moving to an assisted senior care community, the thought of moving out of their home isn’t always an easy one. It can be emotionally difficult to leave a beloved house, and the idea of a big, physical move can be overwhelming. However, despite the sadness and stress that leaving a familiar home might cause, many find that downsizing to an assisted senior care community, releasing the burdens of homeownership and enjoying the provided services, amenities and lifestyle allows them to enjoy a better quality of life – one that they deserve at this time in their lives.

Polly West, Executive Director at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods in Nicholasville, KY, shares, “At Bridgepointe, we’ve found that residents who were at first hesitant to make the move to community life soon realized their concerns were minor compared to the benefits they received from experiencing a worry-free lifestyle. When a huge life-changing move is right in front of you, it’s hard to look beyond the obstacles. That’s why we try to share with families the importance of focusing on the remarkable differences the move will bring.”

Changing Perspectives About Moving

Undeniably, the main reason seniors move to an assisted senior care community is because they need daily support to continue living well. For some, realizing this need can be embarrassing or disheartening, and they may combat these feelings with a negative attitude or resistance to the move. If your loved one is uneasy about moving to a senior living community, help them to see the move as beneficial for reasons other than just their health and well-being.

According to an American Senior Communities article, “The Joys of Downsizing Your Home,” those who make the move to senior living ultimately trade the time, money, energy and stress spent on maintaining their home and healthcare for the ease, security, social engagement and free time of a community lifestyle. 

Here are just a few benefits your loved one can expect to experience when they downsize to an assisted senior care community:

  1. No More Maintenance – Keeping up on household chores and paying for yard work and seasonal maintenance is overwhelming and expensive. With age, these tasks end up taking more of our time or simply become too difficult or dangerous to manage. At an assisted senior care community, chores are a thing of the past, as the community takes care of housekeeping and maintenance for you.
  2. Manageable Space – Often, seniors living on their own or with their spouse don’t need as much space as what’s provided in their family home. Downsizing to a smaller home makes it easier to manage their space. They can successfully decorate rooms however they choose and spend less time on tidying areas. Plus, smaller spaces help to prevent clutter from piling up.
  3. Financial Benefits – Along with homeownership comes the financial burdens of taxes and home repairs. Major repairs often come unannounced (when the furnace stops working or the roof starts to leak) and could cost thousands of dollars. Even small repairs add up. At an assisted senior care community, your loved one no longer has to worry about uncertain financial expenses. Without the burdens of paying for repairs and property tax, they can put their home equity to good use.
  4. Less Stress – All of these things inevitably equal less overall stress for your loved one! Their new, smaller home will be easier to keep clean and organized, and someone else will be taking care of maintenance jobs. They can stop worrying about things that take away their time, energy, money and even health, and start enjoying some peace of mind.
  5. More Freedom & Free Time – When your loved one downsizes their home, they’ll regain the free time lost on homeowner responsibilities or health concerns and be able to spend it on the things they love. If a health condition used to keep your loved one isolated at home, or a lack of mobility kept them from enjoying the outdoors, the support offered at their community can give them the freedom to return to much-loved activities.
  6. Social Engagement – Compared to the social isolation your loved one might experience at home, at an assisted senior care community, social interaction and involvement is effortless and accessible. Communities offer special programming, clubs and day trips, so there’s always something fun to do. It’s easy to make new friends and meet people with similar interests. Plus, friends and neighbors are always close by to grab lunch, see a movie or just sit and chat.
  7. Security – In a community setting, your loved one no longer has to worry about their safety. Rooms are often equipped with emergency call systems and staff is always close at hand to help. Plus, you no longer need to worry about your loved one being home alone during a health crisis or emergency.
  8. The Chance to Start a New Chapter – Downsizing and moving to a new, easier-to-manage community can help your loved one begin a new chapter in their life. Downsizing to an assisted senior care community can be a catalyst for changes for the better. Rather than viewing the move as a compaction of their life, encourage your loved one to see it instead as making his or herself available for new possibilities.

Helping Loved Ones Find Their Place Within a Community

“No matter what the circumstance, change is always hard,” says West. “We understand the challenges that accompany a move to an assisted senior care community, and we’re here to help. If you could use more information or guidance on helping your loved one make the transition from home to a community, don’t hesitate to contact us at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods. It’s our mission to enhance your loved one’s journey through senior living.”

Live Life to the Fullest at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods

Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods is a Christian Care Community offering assisted senior care, memory care and adult day services. Located in Brannon Crossing, one of central Kentucky’s most desirable areas, Bridgepointe was designed to help families grow closer as they grow older.

At Bridgepointe, residents enjoy the privacy and dignity of living in their own apartment as well as the peace of mind that comes from the support and assistance of a special team of caregivers. In short, we help our residents live life to its fullest. 

Our community is designed to promote activity, interaction, socialization and enjoyment. We offer a variety of engaging activities daily, from yoga and tai chi to gardening and arts and crafts. At Bridgepointe, there’s never a dull moment and always something to do!

Discover a rich and fulfilling lifestyle combined with personalized care and support delivered by a team of experienced professionals … all within a secure, elegantly appointed community.

We invite you to visit today and discover how Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods can change your life for the better

To learn more, contact us today!