Where to Begin: Senior Living for Myself

Many seniors worry that transitioning to community-style living will compromise their independence or isolate them from the outside world. But at Havenwood Heritage Heights, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

At our CCRC, we help older adults make the most of their golden years. We promote a maintenance-free lifestyle, offering everything from landscaping to housekeeping. That means you can skip the daily chores and spend your time doing what you love most – whether that’s birdwatching or woodworking.

Despite these benefits, we understand if you’re still hesitant about moving to a senior living community. After all, it’s a big transition. However, we’re committed to meeting prospective residents where they are and equipping them with the resources needed to make a sound decision.

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Phase I: Doing the Research

If this is your first time exploring senior living communities, you likely have many questions about monthly costs, day-to-day life, and even if this is an appropriate path for you. Below, we share resources that will address many – if not all – of your concerns.

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Is Senior Living Right for Me?

Deciding between aging-in-place and moving to a senior living community can be a very emotional process. However, if you’re struggling to keep pace with house maintenance or if you need access to regular medical care, you could benefit from senior living. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the telltale signs that you should make the move sooner rather than later.

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Finding the Right Care Option

Different senior living communities offer different levels of support – from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing and memory care. Before you choose a senior living option, review all your options to learn how to make a comfortable and confident decision.

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Financial Planning for Senior Living

When older adults begin looking into senior living options, the cost is an important consideration. Fortunately, there are many different avenues for affording high-quality care. Before making the transition, you and your family can discuss how best to pay for senior living.

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Aging-in-Place vs. Senior Living

Many people wrongly assume that aging-in-place is the best solution. However, senior living communities help older adults stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Community-style living also takes the burden of care off adult children. Start by comparing the advantages of senior living vs. aging-in-place.

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Phase II: Weighing Your Options

If you have determined that community-style living is right for you, congratulations! Though coming to terms with your evolving needs is no easy feat, this decision will forever change your life for the better. To help you move forward, we have compiled tips for selecting the perfect senior living community.

How to Talk About Senior Living

Sometimes, it can be hard for adult children to accept that their parents are getting older. Because of this, you and your child may have different perspectives on senior living. Though talking about this topic may be uncomfortable at first, we’ve compiled tips on how to successfully navigate conversations with your loved ones.

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How to Evaluate Senior Living Communities

Before you begin touring senior living communities, make a list of nonnegotiables. Do you want a two-bedroom apartment to accommodate out-of-town guests? Are you interested in a variety of dining options? How close to the hospital do you need to be? You’ll want to review all your top factors to consider before choosing a senior living community.

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Phase III: Starting Your Next Chapter

After finding a senior living community to call home, you are just one step away from enjoying a maintenance-free lifestyle in the company of like-minded neighbors. However, before moving, you need to prepare for what will be a very different – but rewarding – stage of your life.

Tips for Downsizing

Though the thought of moving from a three-bedroom bungalow to a studio-style apartment can be overwhelming at first, many seniors find the process cathartic. Planning ahead can help make the downsizing process go smoothly.

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How to Smoothly Transition to Senior Living

Let’s face it: Saying goodbye to your family home and hello to a senior living community can be unnerving. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ease your anxiety during this transition and make yourself feel more at home in your new community.

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Explore Senior Living at Havenwood Heritage Heights

Havenwood Heritage Heights is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Concord, New Hampshire. As a CCRC, we provide a spectrum of support, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. That means no matter what the future holds, you will always receive the high-quality care you deserve.

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we’re also committed to helping older adults enjoy their retirement. With this in mind, we offer a robust lineup of services and amenities. As a resident, you can skip the dishes at dinnertime and enjoy a chef-prepared meal at one of our on-campus restaurants. Or, you can let our housekeepers handle cleaning while you go shopping with friends. However you imagined this stage of your life, you can make it a reality at our CCRC.

To learn more about our senior living community, contact us today. You can also talk to a member of our friendly staff by calling us at 800-457-6833.