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What Amenities Should You Look for in a Senior Living Home?

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When you consider transitioning from your home to a senior living community, the choices can feel overwhelming. You first must know what type of senior living you want or need. Typical options include independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term care, and respite care. Some communities specialize in a particular area, while others offer multiple levels of care. When researching your options, there are several factors to consider. Location and cost are primary factors, but amenities are also essential to consider.

At Westminster Place, we know that leaving your home for a senior living arrangement means getting used to many changes. Having access to amenities on-site helps with the transition. Better amenities provide for a better quality of life. Westminster Place is a faith-based nonprofit senior living community in Longview, TX, offering a full continuum of care for seniors 62 years or older. Here, we tailor your senior living experience to your needs. Contact us at 903.329.6520 to learn more about our senior living options.

Independent vs. Assisted Living

Moving to a senior living community can be an opportunity for a more relaxed, easier life. Without the worry of property upkeep or transportation challenges, you or a loved one can focus on enjoying more time doing fun things. Independent and assisted living are the two most common types of senior living.

Independent Living

Independent living communities offer privacy and independence in a community setting. Residents often have their own apartments or cottages with access to amenities such as fitness centers, social activities, and transportation services. These communities are ideal for active seniors who desire a low-maintenance lifestyle without the burden of household chores.

Assisted Living

The decision to seek assisted living is not made lightly and is a transformative time for many families. Assisted living provides the support you or your loved one may need with personal care and other tasks of daily living.

Assisted living is ideal for seniors who:

  • Live an independent lifestyle but no longer wish to shoulder the responsibilities of maintaining a home.
  • Need a little assistance around the house but do not have friends or family members who can help daily.
  • Feel more comfortable living in a community surrounded by peers.
  • Can no longer drive or do not feel comfortable driving.
  • Want to remain active but do not have access to engaging activities in their community.

When you choose senior living at Westminster Place, you choose an opportunity for enhanced life. Our continuing care community provides care that meets the needs of our seniors as they change over time, often progressing from independent to assisted living without having to move across town.

Amenities to Look for in a Senior Living Community

Seniors who choose to sell their homes to move to retirement communities enjoy a level of safety, security, and socialization that might otherwise be lacking.

Independent Senior Living Amenities

Since independent living communities are designed to provide a comfortable, more carefree lifestyle, it’s important to consider the amenities offered by the community. Some essential amenities to look for in an independent senior living community include:

  • Private living spaces, such as apartments or cottages.
  • Housekeeping and laundry services.
  • Emergency response systems for safety and security.
  • Common areas for socialization and community activities.

These senior living amenities are fairly different from those offered to assisted living residents, who need more help with activities of daily living.

Assisted Living Amenities

Amenities to look for in assisted living include:

  • Housekeeping services
  • Laundry services
  • Dining services
  • Recreational programs
  • Health and wellness services
  • Medication management
  • Licensed nurse clinicians

When choosing an assisted living program, it is essential to consider your current needs and how they may change in the future. At Westminster Place, our full continuum of care means that you will have a comfortable and familiar place that can adapt to your changing needs.

Senior Housing Amenities Aren’t Just Practical

There is a common misconception that senior living communities are only for those who need assisted living or long-term care. It’s one reason many older adults don’t consider moving to a senior community until they need care, which can mean missing out on all the benefits independent senior living offers.

An independent senior living community is an excellent choice for seniors who are still in good health and want to stay active and get the most out of their retirement years. Freeing yourself from the burdens of home maintenance and upkeep allows you the time to focus on lifetime passions and explore new opportunities.

At Westminster Place, a premier senior living community in Longview, TX, seniors can benefit from living in a luxury community with modern, comforting amenities like:

  • Pet-friendly homes
  • Housekeeping services
  • 5-star dining options
  • Recreational programs
  • Educational programs
  • Spa
  • Library

Residents in all levels of care at Westminster Place have many activities and services to choose from based on their unique interests. Our dedicated and highly skilled full-time staff takes the time to get to know each of our residents personally to help create an enriching, healthy life.

Call Westminster Place to Enroll Today

When you are ready to discover the many benefits of a senior living community, look to Westminster Place in Longview, TX. Westminster Place is part of Buckner Retirement Services, providing seniors with a dignified living experience and expert care since 1954. Contact us today to learn about our full range of senior housing amenities across a full continuum of care. Use our online form or call 903.329.6520.