Why Now is a Good Time to Move Into an Assisted Living Community
We know that making a decision to move into an assisted
living community is a difficult one. Whether you’re looking for yourself or a
loved one, the transition is hard to navigate in normal times, let alone coming
off the tail-end of a worldwide pandemic…
Older adults were among the most affected by the COVID-19
pandemic. Fear and isolation had a major impact on quality of life over the
past two years and many seniors may want to take a moment to reevaluate their
living situation. Here
at Light of Hearts Villa, we had zero positive COVID-19 cases among our
residents due to extreme safety measures put in place right at the on-set and
consistency throughout the pandemic months.
During the last year, many people wondered if senior living
communities were safe during COVID-19. In fact, preliminary research from the
University of Chicago shows that older adults who lived on their own outside of
a senior living community were almost twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than
independent living residents of a continuing care retirement community.
With that settled, now the questions have shifted more to
how an assisted living community can support your entire well-being - physical,
social, emotional, and spiritual. Senior living communities have spent the last
year adapting, innovating, and engaging with residents. Those that do it best
are, more than ever, some of the safest and most fulfilling places for an older
adult to live. That’s why we believe now
may be the smartest time to make the move.
For older adults, moving to a senior living community can be
helpful in maintaining and developing new social relationships and interests,
pursuing hobbies, accessing on-site services and supports, and remaining
active. Senior living communities are a place to grow, not just a place to
Here are five
benefits of an assisted living community in a post-COVID-19 world, and what you
can look for if you’re thinking of a move:
Think about what it’s like to maintain a home, especially
during the winter. Assisted living communities offer some home maintenance
(appliance repair, back-up power, etc.) and a built-in 24/7 support system of
dedicated on-site employees like IT support, housekeeping, laundry services and
security. With our executive chef on staff, you’ll also enjoy three delicious
meals each day that you do not have to worry about preparing yourself. The
staff is there for your specific needs, reducing your need to rely on adult
children or other family members.
Wellness and health
care services on-site.
At Light of Hearts Villa, your health care needs are handled
here such as medication management, prescription refills, daily wellness checks
and even specialty services like physical therapy. Having health care and
wellness services fully integrated into the living community, with staff who
take a whole-person approach to care, provides an extra layer of reassurance
Personal growth and
The best assisted living communities are vibrant places
full of options for you to build a meaningful life. They offer diverse
programming, life-long learning, and the opportunity to build new
relationships. At Light of Hearts Villa, we believe that the later years in
life can be among the most fulfilling, and our community offers ample
opportunity for you to live according to your wishes and values. You do not
have to be Catholic or faith-based to live here at the Villa, but we do offer
daily Rosary, Bible study and Mass three times a week in our beautiful on-site
Peace of mind.
During uncertain times, it can be reassuring to know that
you’re living in a community where an entire team is looking out for your best
interests. During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our
residents expressed gratitude and relief to be living in our community. They
had easy access to COVID-19 testing, were among the first people
vaccinated in Ohio, and found comfort in knowing that policies were being set
based in part on guidance from Light of Hearts Villa’s hospital-level infection
control department with the Sisters of Charity Health System.
Today, with all residents and nearly all staff vaccinated,
life in our Light of Hearts Villa community looks a lot like it did before the
pandemic. Residents feel good knowing that the management team is closely
monitoring the newest developments related to the Delta variant and is
ready to quickly respond to whatever the pandemic might bring, with policies
that balance safety with quality of life. With all these details taken care of,
our residents can focus their energy on the people and activities that matter
most to them.
Once you’re a resident of a community, there’s no need to
worry any longer about the costs of home maintenance or what the value of
it will be when you want to sell. In the Greater Cleveland area, the
current real estate market is very strong for sellers, and the future
of the market may be hard to predict.
Paying for assisted living may seem like an obstacle and
cause you to wonder, “Can I afford this?”
If you compare your current monthly spending to the price of
assisted living, you may be surprised to find that it’s a lot closer than you’d
When you live at home, you make separate payments for
expenses like the mortgage, groceries, utilities, property taxes, healthcare,
entertainment and travel. But, what if you were to bundle all of those monthly
expenses up into one bill. Many of the expenses you pay now would be included
in the cost of senior living. Not only does it make it easier to afford, but
think about all the extra time you won’t have to spend paying bills.
Are you ready to explore the possibility of living at Light of Hearts
Villa? Reach out to our Admissions Department at 440-232-1991 ext. 520 or Kieran.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light of Hearts Villa is a 501(c)3 Licensed Residential Care Facility that is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity Health System which includes one acute care Catholic hospital, two skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, three grant-making foundations, and six health and human services organizations in Ohio and South Carolina.