The Benefits of Living Close to Family as You Age

When older adults and their family members begin their search for senior living options, they may have a list of what they are looking for in mind. For many, that list consists of great food, fun things to do, opportunities to socialize, and dedicated support and programs to enhance health. Many also consider where the community is situated as a key consideration – but there’s many factors that go into an ideal location.

When aging parents and families think about the location of senior living communities, they think about how close they are to shopping, dining and attractions. While these are all great things to look for, it’s also important to consider the proximity to family members.

Why Living Close to Family Is Beneficial

There are many reasons why being close to family is important – and not just to make sure seniors stay close to the grandkids! If you’re just beginning your search for a retirement community or are seeking senior care for a loved one, check out why living close to family is advantageous.

It provides independence – and closeness.

Some older adults want nothing more than to be close to their family members – but not so close that they aren’t enjoying their own independent lifestyle! This is one of the reasons that older adults choose to move to a senior living community. It’s a place where they can still enjoy frequent visits and activities with family, but where they’re also benefitting from:

  • Social opportunities and events
  • Engaging activities and programming
  • Freedom from housekeeping and home maintenance
  • Meals prepared for them
  • Exciting outings and planned trips

Living close – but not too close – allows for a healthy balance of pursuing new possibilities while still allowing seniors to be present for all of their loved one’s precious moments, both big and small.

Family support and involvement can continue.

One of the best parts about family is that they are always there for each other. Whether times are great or a little tougher, being close can make all the difference in someone’s day. Living close by allows for support and involvement such as:

  • Quick assistance watching grandchildren
  • The ability to be near in case of emergency
  • Special deliveries of grandparents’ secret recipes that heal the soul
  • Visits from grandkids and adult children for fun community activities
  • Surprise plans for fun days out
  • Delivery of homemade meals and groceries
  • Attendance at sporting events or award ceremonies
  • Continuation of family movie or game nights

These activities not only strengthen bonds and establish closer relationships, but also allow for more carefree living and joy knowing the best of both worlds is possible.

A move can mean peace of mind with planned-for care.

A move to a senior living community like Waterstone of Lexington offers access to future care services, along with the opportunities for socialization. This allows seniors to receive care and support if needed, without putting stress onto their adult children. They have access to everything they need in one convenient location – gourmet dining, housekeeping, maintenance services, lifelong learning and more. This allows adult children to rest easy and focus on spending meaningful time together – instead of having to focus solely on all the tasks and support their loved one may need assistance with each day.

In short, senior living communities like Waterstone of Lexington provide everything seniors need to age well in the active, engaging environment they love – and close to those they love.

And yes, it keeps you close to grandchildren.

We know we said this wasn’t the only reason to move to a senior living community near your family members, but it definitely doesn’t hurt! Living closer means establishing close, healthy relationships with grandkids while getting to spend more time with them!

If you’d ask any grandparent if spending more time with their grandchildren is something they would want, we’re fairly certain they’d answer with an ecstatic “Yes!” It’s important to make sure, though, that this community offers everything that you or your loved one will need in the future, ensuring:

  • The ability to remain close to family without needing to make another move to receive assistance with activities of daily living
  • Peace of mind knowing loved ones are always close by and just a phone call away

Waterstone of Lexington: Putting Seniors Close to Family and Fun

Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care on campus from the experts at Bridges® by EPOCH, Waterstone of Lexington will offer an active retirement lifestyle, supportive living services and peace of mind in a location families love. Situated right off of Route 2, with easy access to Boston and surrounding areas, you’ll find the perfect senior living community for enjoying family and fun. Come see how we redefine independent living and assisted living with a visit to our Welcome Center in Belmont. Waterstone of Lexington will open in fall 2022.