6 Ways Life Plan Communities Offer Seniors Safety and Security

Have you or an older loved one considered moving to a Life Plan Community, but hesitated because you’re not sure if now is the right time to make the move? Actually, it’s a good idea to move sooner rather than later due to all the benefits you’ll reap, says Laurie Ralston, Marketing Director at Kingswood Senior Living.

“A lot of older adults aren’t sure they want to move into a Life Plan Community yet because they’re still active, independent and healthy,” she says. “As it turns out, though, being independent and healthy means it’s the perfect time for you or a loved one to move into a community. Doing so allows you to cross chores and tasks off your to-do list and gives you the time to do everything you’ve been dreaming about in retirement. Plus, you’ll be able to truly make the community your home, so if you need more assistance or care in the future, you’re comfortable because you’ve been able to age in place in a home you love.”

Laurie says that many of the older adults who’ve moved to Kingswood over the years tell her that we wish we’d moved sooner!

“Moving to a Life Plan Community isn’t a sign that you’re giving up – it’s a sign that you’re ready to move on to bigger and better things,” she explains. “Retirement is an exciting chapter of your life, so why not set yourself up for success now and in the future? Because of the way a Life Plan Community is designed, you’re assuring peace of mind for your future, continuing a lifestyle focused on health and wellness and giving yourself numerous opportunities to stay active, social and fulfilled.”

All these things and more provide seniors – of any age – safety and security. Here are six reasons why a Life Plan Community like Kingswood is a great solution to help seniors live long, healthy lives, whether they’re completely independent or require more extensive health care.

Reason #1: You’re assured peace of mind for any future health care, should you need it.
Upwards of 70 percent of seniors will need some assistance in the future in order to live safely and well. As you very well know, health care can be quite expensive, and those costs aren’t going down anytime soon. At a Life Plan Community, residents can enjoy an independent lifestyle now and be assured that they have priority access to all levels of on-site care when needed, at a discounted rate, for life. This is an outstanding value, not just with cost-savings, but because you’re assured care in the comfort of a place you call home.

Reason #2: You always get to stay “at home.”
Most of us would like to stay at home for as long as possible (one of the many reasons why older seniors may balk at moving into a community). Unlike the “homes” of yesteryear, today’s Life Plan Communities are designed to be true homes where you can also age in place, safely and securely. That means residents enjoy beautiful private homes, socialization opportunities, delicious dining and more. But it also means one-story floor plans, grab bars for safety, emergency call systems and other security features that can help aging adults remain as independent as possible.

Reason #3: It’s easy to eat well.
We don’t often think of food as an aspect of safety and security. However, good nutrition is essential for us, especially as we age, because it helps protect against disease and illness. It can be hard enough to eat a healthy diet when we’re younger, and it can become even harder as we age. When you’re cooking for just one or two people, and getting to the grocery store is a pain … well, a lot of times it’s easier to eat something ready-made, takeout or just not eat at all. That’s a sure-fire recipe for malnutrition. At a Life Plan Community, eating healthy is a breeze, thanks to the on-site nutritionist and experienced culinary team. At Kingswood, everyone on our culinary staff has been exceptionally trained and provides meals that are nutritious, delicious and ever-varied. You’ll never be bored with your meals here … and everything we serve will always fresh and enjoyable (especially since you don’t have to cook or clean up afterwards).

Reason #4: Staying social is as easy as walking out your front door.
Staying socially active is essential for healthy aging, but many seniors may find themselves with a shrinking social group as they age. This leads to boredom, loneliness and even health issues like depression, anxiety, hypertension and an increased risk of cognitive diseases like dementia. Moving into a Life Plan Community provides you with an instant group of soon-to-be-friends and social opportunities to keep your mind engaged.

Reason #5: A maintenance-free lifestyle.
Keeping a home running requires a lot of work. Think about everything you may currently be doing: cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, home repairs, paying bills … the list goes on and on. As we get older, these tasks can become even more tedious and difficult. You may not be able to handle them, or you simply may not want to do them. The maintenance-free lifestyle provided by a Life Plan Community takes those chores off your plate. Think of it: a clean house, and a well-maintained home without you having to lift a finger. This means you don’t have to worry about falling off ladders or replacing your HVAC system or whatever else you’re doing to keep your home running now. Instead, you can let the exemplary staff on site handle everything you need – they’ll even drive you to doctor’s appointments if you don’t want to drive in nasty weather.

Reason #6: You live a happy life.
All of these benefits add up to a healthier, happier life – whether you’re an independent senior or require help to live safely. A Life Plan Community isn’t just a place to live; it’s a place to experience an engaged, enjoyable and fulfilling senior lifestyle.

Welcome to Kansas City’s Senior Living Sweet Spot.

Inspired senior living at Kingswood means living the retirement lifestyle you want – and deserve. We take care of most routine chores and maintenance, so you can keep enjoying all the things you love about living in Kansas City. And you have more time to try new things and have new adventures.

All of the activities and amenities are here to do more than just keep you busy. They’re here to enhance your whole life. It’s an intentional, holistic approach that helps you live healthier and happier. And, of course, you have plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like spending time with friends and family.

Our Life Plan Community offers all levels of care right on campus, from Independent Living and Assisted Living to Memory Support, Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care.

Because Kingswood is a Life Plan Community, you can enjoy your independent lifestyle now and be assured all levels of care are available on site when you need it, at a discounted rate for life. This is an outstanding senior living value because you are assured access to care in the comfort of familiar surroundings. When combined with our maintenance-provided lifestyle, a Life Plan Community represents an affordable option providing value beyond your current home and other senior living community offerings … and peace of mind for a lifetime.

Contact us today to schedule your personal visit. (816) 673-2835

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