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Must-Have Facilities To Look For While Choosing A Senior Home

The set-up where senior citizen couple live alone in an apartment is growing rapidly as a large number of people are migrating from one city to another for better job prospects. Preference for senior living homes has increased among retirees looking for better care, comfort and security

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Amit Sethi
May 24, 2023
Must-Have Facilities To Look For While Choosing A Senior Home

The general notion is that traditional apartments usually suit the need of homebuyers who still have a long working life in hand. However, senior citizens or retirees have different needs in terms of features and amenities in a housing project.

They don’t have an income from work, or, a job; they also usually like interacting with people of similar age groups, and they are at a higher risk of age-related ailments.

Senior citizens need more specific attention and care at the place where they live. Therefore, the concept of senior living suits them better than traditional apartments.

Senior citizen properties also typically come with some features that make it suitable for people in the higher age group. Hence, seniors much look for those features before choosing one for themselves.

Key Features Of Senior Living Projects

Senior living should ideally provide a social atmosphere that should reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, while simultaneously engaging residents in events and activities with other residents to lift their spirits and enhance their general quality of life.

Here are some of the key features of senior living:

  • Provide a social atmosphere that reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Engage senior residents in events and activities with other residents to lift their spirits and enhance their general quality of life
  • Staff members should be available on-site 24 x 7 to help with any requirements or emergencies
  • Easy access to healthcare services, age-appropriate support system, and healthy nutritional food
  • They should also boast of fitness programmes that help seniors maintain their physical and mental well-being

Says Santhosh Kumar, vice chairman, Anarock Group: “Senior citizens benefit greatly from senior living communities in ways that conventional housing options cannot deliver. Senior living provides an atmosphere of support and camaraderie that allows residents to interact with others who have similar interests and life experiences. They frequently handle maintenance and repairs, relieving residents of this burden.”

He adds: “Many senior living facilities also provide residents with access to healthcare services, including help with managing prescription drugs, routine check-ups, and emergency response. Most of these projects feature on-site facilities, such as fitness centres, swimming pools, tennis courts, clubhouses and libraries, which can help seniors stay active and involved.”

Things To Keep In Mind When Buying A Senior Living Home

Amenities, security, support system, location and construction style are some of the aspects that differentiate a senior living property from a traditional home.

Finally, the staff plays a critical role in the care and well-being of the residents. Before buying, it iis necessary to inquire into the reputation of the project and its employees, including their education, experience, and training.

The author is a financial journalist

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