4 Signs That You Might be Waiting for Too Long to Move to a Senior Living Community

Signs to move to a senior living community

Of late many seniors are choosing to move to senior living communities. In these communities, active and healthy residents can maintain their independent lifestyle while enjoying a host of amenities. The decision to move to a senior citizen home is not just a financial one but also an emotional one. Many think that as long as they are healthy and active, they should continue to live in their own homes in residential societies. However, this might not be the right approach to aging.  Here is an incident of a son spotting the signs that his father was struggling with age-related issues and that it was time for his father to shift to a senior citizen home. When Rohan Iyer (name changed) came from Seattle to visit his elderly father, he was shocked to find the house in a complete mess. From piled-up laundry and kitchen sink overflowing with unwashed utensils to cockroaches feasting on left-over food in the kitchen counter, the house needed a thorough cleaning. It was then that Rohan realised his father needed help with his daily household chores. He was also worried about his emotional wellbeing. In a heart-to-heart talk, he proposed to his father to move to a senior citizen home. As his father wanted to stay in control and remain independent for as long as possible, Rohan looked at different senior living options in India. He was amazed to see the amenities and services offered by senior living communities. But his father was unsure of moving to a senior living community. When his father visited one of the senior citizen homes, he liked the maintenance-free lifestyle and the caring and supportive neighbours. After moving to the retirement home, he has met several like-minded residents and has discovered new ways to grow and find personal fulfillment. Like Rohan’s father, if you are unsure about moving to a senior citizen home, here are four signs to look out for: You are tired of managing your house: Housekeeping, laundry, yard work and home maintenance get harder as you age. If you are tired of maintaining the house, maybe it is time to evaluate and move to a retirement home. Senior citizen homes like ours offer you more than a comfortable and private place to live. You can leave household chores to us while you enjoy your golden years the way you have always wished for. You can travel or pick new hobbies without having to worry about the maintenance and security of your home. You are unable to maintain a healthy diet: Proper diet and a healthy life go hand in hand. As you age, it becomes even more important for you to take care of your diet. However, if you are finding it difficult to go to the grocery for fresh produce, rustle upealthy meals, and stand in the kitchen for hours, it is time to consider moving into a senior living facility. Most independent senior living communities in India such asurs provide fresh and nutritious meals that are prepared in consultation with qualified nutritionists. You want to have an active social life: After having retired or the loss of a spouse, you may feel the need to meet new people and form new friendships. Senior citizen homes are a great place to meet people of your age. These days, many senior citizen homes have scheduled activities which makes it easier for you to learn new things while socialising. At our senior citizen homes, you can make new friends, and also invite your family and friends from outside for movie screenings, celebrations, dinner parties and more. You are finding it difficult to drive around: The ability to drive gives you the freedom to go wherever you want. But not being able to drive can make people feel trapped. Many senior citizen homes like ours have concierge services that help you hire vehicles, booking tickets and other such services, letting you enjoy your life to the fullest. When you move into one of our senior citizen homes, you are choosing to retire to a new lifestyle of ease, comfort, peace of mind, security, wellness, and community living.

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6 Fun Activities for Senior Citizens to Stay Active Physically and Mentally

Fun and recreational activities are an important aspect of the new-age senior living communities. With more and more seniors wanting to live life independently and actively, senior living communities   in India are coming up with innovative and stimulating activities. From group exercises and art classes to swimming and meditation classes – the best senior citizen homes in India like ours offer plenty of opportunities for seniors to enjoy a healthy and exciting lifestyle.   Here are a few fun activities that senior citizen homes can organise –   Dance class: Dancing is a universal form of human expression that’s known to relieve stress. It is also a great cardiovascular exercise. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that frequent dancing improves cognitive skills. At Columbia Pacific Communities, dance classes conducted for residents help reduce feelings of isolation and boost happiness. Swimming: For active retirees, swimming is an ideal exercise. It’s not only relaxing but also has numerous health benefits. A 2016 study found that swimming can improve lung capacity. It’s also good for cardiovascular health. Research conducted on seniors suffering from insomnia found that swimming improves sleep and quality of life. Indoor games: Indoor games are fun and social ways to improve flexibility and balance. Our retirement communities have activity centers that are always buzzing with games and sporting events. Reading: Reading helps seniors stay mentally alert and in touch with the world. Our retirement homes have well-stocked libraries and reading clubs where residents can discuss and share their opinions with others. Yoga: The health benefits of yoga are numerous. It improves balance and stability and has a calming effect on the mind.  Yoga also relieves pain caused from stiff joints. At Columbia Pacific Communities, residents actively take part in yoga/pranayama exercises to improve their flexibility and overall mindset. For many residents, these classes are also a great way to make new friends. Art classes: From watercolor and acrylic painting to sketching – pursuing art can open one’s eyes to unseen possibilities. It also helps seniors improve their fine motor skills. Many senior citizen homes in India conduct regular art classes where residents create  art in a group and find an enjoyable way to connect with others.      

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6 Steps to Healthy, Happy Ageing

6 Steps to Healthy, Happy Ageing

Old age is a great time to sit back and enjoy life as you have all the freedom to do things that you have always wanted to do. But to enjoy your golden years to the fullest, you need to stay healthy and happy. By adopting the following 6 tips, you can take baby steps towards happy aging:    1.Get active: Physical activity has many benefits, regardless of age. But when you grow old, the body’s metabolism tends to slow down. Being physically active can help you rev up your metabolism. There is a long list of health benefits when it comes to regular exercising including boosting your strength and balance. At a community living facility like ours, we encourage seniors to be as active as possible. We have trained physiotherapists who customize exercise plans as per your physical ability and your interests. Our community living facilities also have a fully-equipped gym, yoga, and aerobics deck.    2.Eat a healthy diet: As you age, your diet needs change. Having a diet that caters to your nutritional needs is the best way to stay healthy. At our retirement homes, we make sure that the residents get fresh and nutritious meals cooked in home-style. The food is prepared in hygienic conditions and made keeping the health of the residents in mind. There are regular review meetings with the F&B team so that you can give them feedback regarding the menu. Those who feel like ordering in can have their meals delivered at the doorstep.    3.Have a routine: You may feel a little odd that suddenly you have all the time in the world. This for many people is not a good feeling to struggle with. Structuring your day can help you relax and pick new hobbies. Be it activities or exercising, sticking to a routine can help you prioritize your time better and enjoy doing things more consciously. At a community living facility like ours, the calendar is always buzzing with activities. We have clubhouses where you can take part in indoor and outdoor games or join a fitness club or attend lectures. We host movie screenings, music concerts, lectures, and workshops. There is something for everyone.    4.Stay connected with people of your age: Going to places or joining activities where you will find people of your age can be a great stress buster. We make sure people have enough opportunities to socialize and interact with each other. Be it dining together or community events, there are several platforms for the residents to strike a conversation and share a laugh.    5.Do what you love doing: To avoid boredom and loneliness, it’s important that you do things you love the most. Gardening, painting, learning a new language or learning to play a musical instrument, cooking, etc are some of the activities that will not only give a sense of achievement but they are also great for social life.    6.Keep a positive attitude: Leaving your old life behind and starting a new chapter can be intimidating. The best way to embrace this change is to stay positive. The golden years of life come with freedom as well as restrictions. It is best to embrace the two wholeheartedly.    

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A Peek into the Future of Senior Living in India

Senior citizen housing in India is gaining popularity. The cost is not the only factor that seniors are taking into account. Activities planned during the day, meals and wellness support plan also play a crucial part in influencing the purchase decision. If you or your loved one is planning to move into a senior living community, here are a few trends that you should know about: 1. Integrated services and amenities: Active seniors living in India of late are looking for independent living facilities that provide high-end amenities. Housekeeping, laundry, concierge services, and wholesome meals are some of the basic amenities that seniors look for. Our senior living communities are designed to help residents live a maintenance-free lifestyle. They don’t have to worry about household chores like cleaning, laundry, cooking and doing the dishes. Electricians and plumbers are made available on call. We help you with concierge service and booking assistance as well. 2. Physically and socially active life: Supporting an active life is a must for retirement homes. Many senior citizen housing complexes in India like ours have various facilities for indoor and outdoor sports. We have a swimming pool at Serene Urbana, our senior living community in Bangalore. To keep residents socially engaged, day trips, festival celebrations and yoga classes are arranged. A day at our communities start with daily exercises which are designed by trained physiotherapists. 3. Preventive healthcare and emergency care: Medical facilities play a very important role for seniors living in India. Not only do they look for 24X7 emergency care and a doctor on call but also preventive healthcare. We have partnered with leading local hospitals which organise regular health check-ups to ensure the overall well-being of the residents. Secured environment: Seniors living in India prefer retirement homes that offer maximum safety and security to its residents, without being too obstructive. Trained security staff guard our communities. There are CCTV cameras for round-the-clock surveillance. Also, fire safety equipment is installed to ensure added safety to the elderly.

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Aging Parents: Is independent living safe for seniors?

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As your parents are aging, they may be toying with the idea of relocating to a place where they can be with others their age. Well, if your parents are physically and mentally healthy to live independently, then many senior citizen homes in India offer independent apartments and can be a good choice to move to. If you are worried about the safety of such arrangements, here’s a useful read for you –     Security is a top priority: Senior citizen homes in India ensure that they provide a secure environment to the residents. At a time, when security of seniors is a concern in India, a retirement home with robust security in place can be a good option for seniors whose children either stay in different cities or have moved abroad. At our retirement homes, we use cutting-edge technology to ensure that residents’ security and safety remains uncompromised. CCTV camera, firefighting equipment and trained professionals safeguard the premises.     Safety solutions are in place: As your parents age, they face a number of safety obstacles. The apartments in senior citizen homes in India are designed keeping in mind the needs of the seniors. The bathrooms have non-skid tiles with grab bars installed near the toilet and wash basin. Bathrooms are spacious enough for seniors to enter with a walker or walking aid. When it comes to our senior citizen homes in India, not just the bathroom but the entire community has been created keeping in mind the needs of seniors. To know how our senior citizen homes in India are leveraging innovative and responsive design solutions to keep the residents safe, get in touch with us.     Round-the-clock care: If you are worried about who will look after your parents should a health emergency arise, then let us inform you that today, senior citizen homes in India have health care facilities available. At our retirement homes in India, we not only have emergency care facilities on the premises but we also provide adequate and continuous preventive care.   We hope that after reading this you are relieved to know that independent living is safe for your aging parents! Want to know more? Get in touch with us.  

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Amenities You Can Expect at The Best Rated Senior Living Communities

Designed to help seniors enjoy a lifestyle based on independence, wellbeing and active living, the best rated senior living communities like ours offer a bouquet of services. Let’s take a brief look at some of the services and amenities you can expect at the best senior living communities- ● Housekeeping services: To help you enjoy doing the things you love, we take care of all your housekeeping needs, be it cleaning or property upkeep. From daily cleaning and mopping to fixing a leaky faucet – all your housekeeping and property maintenance needs are handled by our trained team. To address any maintenance or breakdown issues, our team is available 24X7, on the premises. ● Concierge: Whether you want to plan a weekend trip or catch the latest movie at your favourite theater, our concierge team will not only help you hire vehicles but also book tickets. ● Food and Beverage: At Columbia Pacific Communities, food is an experience. Our menu offers flavorsome meals prepared fresh by our chefs. You’ll find a variety of choices on the menu which is designed after taking inputs from our residents. Our premium senior living community in Bangalore has multiple dining options, including restaurants, a beverage station and nutrition centre. ● Swimming pools: Swimming is a great way to stay in shape and improve flexibility. For our residents, we have swimming pools in select senior living communities where they can swim some laps and spend quality time with other residents. ● Fitness studio: To help our residents stay active and fit, we have gyms equipped with cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Our fitness programs are designed by experienced instructors and physiotherapists. ● Movie screenings: We have movie screenings so that our residents can catch up on the latest blockbusters and revisit the classics. The Virtuoso Club and Serviced Residences, our senior living community in Bangalore, has a theatre as well as an outdoor area for movie screenings. We encourage you to visit our senior living communities. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your personal tour.

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Are Senior Citizen Homes in Chennai Right for My Ageing Parents?

Are senior citizen homes in Chennai right for my ageing parents?

If your parents are planning to settle down in Chennai after retirement, it’s a great decision. As the city is a cultural powerhouse – your parents can enjoy their time visiting art museums, theatres and galleries. The cultural centres host interesting events and festivals throughout the year. The commercial capital of the state also offers an escape into nature – you can visit nearby hill stations such as Ooty, Yercaud and Yelagiri. If you are wondering if moving into senior citizen homes is the right decision, then keep on reading: A sense of belongingness: Loneliness is a big problem at any age, but it is particularly serious for seniors. When people retire, they lose their existing circle of friends. After retirement many find it difficult to create a social network outside work. At senior citizen homes, people find structured activities that help them pursue their interests and make new social contacts, thus giving them a sense of belongingness. Life after retirement can be lonely: With children being busy with their hectic lives, an increasing number of seniors find it difficult to cope with loneliness. The sense of loneliness worsens with losing spouse. Senior citizen homes such as ours — Serene Adinath and Serene Pushkar — present a good opportunity for seniors to spend time with people of their own age and make meaningful connections. Loneliness can adversely affect eating habits: Loneliness can lead to either overeating or undereating. Often some seniors use food to soothe uncomfortable feelings by overeating while others refrain from eating. At senior citizen homes, residents often eat together which in a way helps them combat the feeling of social isolation. Feeling of social isolation can lead to health-related issues: With age comes isolation and loneliness. Not many people realise that loneliness can cause a number of health issues in seniors, including depression, cognitive decline, dementia, high blood pressure etc. People who feel lonely are less likely to take good care of their health. They are likely to stay physically inactive and have eating disorders. Read More – How Retirement Homes in Chennai are Turning Aging into a Happy Experience

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Are You Looking for The Best Option to Buy a Retirement Home?

Are you looking for the best option to buy a retirement home?

Buying a retirement home is a great way to enjoy your golden years in a vibrant community. However, it is also a major financial commitment that requires careful consideration and meticulous planning. Here we discuss a few important factors to consider before taking the leap: Location: Proximity to family and friends, access to healthcare, cost of living and climate are some of the factors that you should consider before choosing the location. Our senior living communities in India are strategically located so that our residents enjoy a tranquil environment and at the same time have easy access to social infrastructure. Worry-free lifestyle: The golden years of your life call for a worry-free lifestyle. As you age, household chores like cleaning the house, preparing meals and maintaining the garden become a burden. At our senior living communities in India, we offer facilities like laundry, housekeeping, and 24×7 maintenance staff to help our residents enjoy their retirement life to the fullest. To know more about the amenities and services offered at Columbia Pacific Communities, call us on +91 8884555554. Senior-friendly features: When looking at senior living communities, pay attention to features like wide corridors, well-lit walking paths and emergency alert systems. The best retirement homes in India are designed to give seniors the best living experience. For instance, the dwelling unit and common areas in our communities have anti-skid flooring and the rooms are designed to allow easy wheelchair access. Future medical needs: At the time of buying a retirement home, you may be healthy and active. But as you grow older, your medical needs are likely to change. The best place to buy a retirement home would be the one with easy access to medical care. All our retirement homes in India have tie-ups with nearby hospitals which means round-the-clock care for our residents. Also, there are emergency medical facilities available on the campus. We currently have senior community living facilities in Pondicherry, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanchipuram, and Bangalore. Interested in learning more about what life is like at our communities? Contact us today. Interesting Read – How to Start Your Search for the Best Rated Senior Living Community? Amenities You Can Expect at The Best Rated Senior Living Communities Checklist: Selecting The Best Rated Senior Living Communities The Best Cities To Live After Retirement In India

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