Aging Adults are Thankful for Assisted Living Communities, Study Finds
Assisted living communities in your home town may not immediately seem like something to be grateful for; however, having an assisted living community nearby is a top priority for 85 percent of adults over the age of 50, according to the latest survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
More than 2,200 adults participated in AARP’s Home and Community Preferences Survey, which was designed to collect data and insights pertaining to the living preferences of adults in the United States. Over 700 of the survey participants were 50 years of age or older.
When asked about the importance of having assisted living facilities in their hometowns, more than half of the survey’s participants aged 50 and older said it was “extremely” or “very” important to them. While 77 percent of the survey participants said they would prefer to live in their town or city as long as possible, only 46 percent felt it would be possible for them to do so in their current home.
The results of the survey indicate that most adults have a strong preference to age in a place, but realize that staying in their current home may not be an option. Assisted living facilities like Grand Oaks of Palm City offer senior adults the opportunity to remain in their hometown while providing them with a safe place to live in familiar surroundings.
“Communities become a source of support and engagement for residents, particularly for older adults, who have an even stronger desire to age in place,” says survey researcher, Joanne Binette.
Most survey participants preferred assisted living communities with communal spaces like shared living and dining areas, activity rooms, outdoor patios, and gardens. As for coronavirus concerns, assisted living communities like Grand Oaks of Palm City implement strict health and safety measures to prevent the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. When comparing safety protocols that senior communities are taking versus the potential health risks of staying in their current homes, many seniors and their families feel that assisted living communities are still an optimal choice.
Ultimately, for older adults wishing to age in place but who aren’t able to stay in their current home, assisted living communities are a wonderful alternative – and that’s something a lot of elder adults can be thankful for.