Is Aging in Place Right for You?

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Aug 10, 2023

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Thinking of planning for the future can be daunting, but it’s necessary. Everyone ages differently, but at the end of the day, all anyone wants is to feel happy, healthy and supported.

As you’ve aged, what changes have you noticed? Is it becoming more difficult to complete household chores? Are you scheduling more frequent doctor’s appointments? Are you not able to spend as much time with family and friends?

The one constant throughout the aging process is that change is inevitable. At The Terraces at Bonita Springs, we provide a safer, more enriching alternative to ‘aging in place’ that seniors love.

Learn more about what it means to age in place, who it makes sense for, and how you can plan accordingly for a reliable long-term living solution. 

What does it mean to age in place?

For those who want to remain in their own homes as they get older, this idea is referred to as aging in place. And while many older people desire to age in place, it’s not always the most sensible choice for their future. 

Even when seniors need assistance with daily chores and home maintenance or require health supervision, many choose home care over moving to a senior living community. Why?

The most common reason is familiarity. They know where everything is, they have fond memories, and there’s no need to worry about packing and selling the home. This is a completely normal inclination to have but isn’t always within the individual’s control.

Another reason is financing. Many seniors feel they’ve worked hard throughout their lives to earn a living, invest, and put away savings for their retirement and for their families after they pass. Senior living communities do come at a price, but there is always give and take when it comes to what’s in the individual’s best interest.

When does aging in place make sense?

Aging in place makes sense if you can manage your home sufficiently on your own or with only some help from family members, friends, or professionals. Aging in place also works for those who are able to tend to daily personal care tasks and health care needs, socialize, and get from place to place without issue.

Aging in place doesn’t make sense for older adults who find their health and safety are compromised by living at home. This includes not only those who face physical and cognitive challenges but also those who struggle with isolation and loneliness. 

If you or a loved one feels your quality of life could be better outside of your own home, it may be time to move into a senior living community that offers different lifestyles and levels of care. Whether it’s independent livingassisted living, or memory care, your daily life could be greatly improved by moving to a community that fits your needs.

Signs moving to a senior living community is right for you

There might not be any obvious signs that you should move into a senior living community. You might just be looking for a change of environment and the ability to spend more time focusing on activities and hobbies you enjoy instead of dealing with the hassles of home ownership. 

An active senior living community like The Terraces is a great place to meet like-minded individuals and simply live worry-free. If ever the signs do become obvious that you need additional care, you’ll find assisted living and memory care here, too.

At our community, residents access amenities and services that make life easier, including:

  • Exquisite dining
  • Housekeeping
  • Indoor and outdoor home maintenance
  • Concierge services
  • Lifelong learning opportunities
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Indoor and outdoor pools and spa
  • Billiards room/game room
  • Full-service beauty salon and barbershop
  • Putting green
  • Tennis and bocce ball courts
  • Creative arts studio and crafts room
  •  And more wonderful opportunities to thrive!

On the flip side, if your wish is to age in place, but you’re beginning to observe any of the following lifestyle, physical, behavioral, or cognitive changes, it’s a good time to start thinking about the potential move into a senior living community:

  • Loneliness 
  • Trouble getting out of a chair/sofa or bed
  • Difficulty bathing or using the restroom
  • Low energy
  • Impaired driving
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Short temper or increased agitation
  • Slurring of words
  • Lack of hygiene
  • General forgetfulness
  • Confusion or loss of train of thought
  • Increased paranoia and anxiety

No matter your preferences or needs, it’s important to discuss your options with loved ones who care about your well-being. Making the decision to age in place or move into a senior living community should not be taken lightly, and your health, happiness, and safety should always come first.

Discover the perfect place to age gracefully.

At The Terraces at Bonita Springs, we take the maintenance and worry out of everyday life. Choose from a variety of floor plans to feel right at home, satisfying dining options, and an active lifestyle with health service options all under one roof. Learn more and picture your future when you visit our community.

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Assisted living residents who need skilled nursing, memory support, or rehabilitation can receive that care seamlessly without moving away from our retirement community.Browse Our Floor PlansArea AttractionsLifelong LearningVitality ProgramAssisted Living Care: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)When is the right time for assisted living? Thats a question we frequently hear. People may be confused about the differences between independent living and assisted living. They may also think their loved one may need a nursing home. The answer is fairly straightforward. If your loved one needs support with activities of daily living (ADLs), assisted living is the right choice. What are activities of daily living? They are regular daily activities that are related mostly to personal care. They include bathing or showering, dressing, safely taking medications, getting in and out of bed or a chair, walking, and similar activities.If your loved one needs help with any of these, assisted living is a wonderful option to consider. Not only will your loved one receive the personalized assistance thats so essential to maintaining a sense of independence, but at Renaissance, an entire lifestyle is available that can add so much to your loved ones life. New friends. A rich social life. Programs and activities that add joy and meaning to every day. Access to a wide variety of amenities, such as our fitness center and walking paths. And of course, our dining services team makes sure your loved one enjoys healthy, delicious meals.Renaissance Service and AmenitiesAll residents of Renaissance, including those in assisted living, enjoy all the services and amenities offered within this inviting community, including:Direct admittance with no large entrance feeThree chef-prepared meals daily, served in a private dining roomAccess to a full continuum of on-site health care servicesMedical director and registered dietitianMedication monitoring and administrationWellness programsRehabilitative therapy servicesState-of-the-art equipment and treatment programsMove-in coordination support24-hour security and emergency call systemGated communitySprinkler system and smoke detectorsFire-rated and sound-resistant constructionEmergency power generatorsResidence and grounds maintenanceBeauty salon, barbershop and spa servicesHousekeeping, daily bed-making, and personal laundry service availableIndividually controlled heating and air conditioningIf you have questions about the cost of assisted living, or about any of our health care services, please contact us today.

Renaissance at The Terraces

Skilled Nursing 26475 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, Florida, 34134

5-Star Skilled Nursing for Changing Health NeedsWhen someone youre caring for needs more help than youre able to provide, our Medicare-certified skilled nursing offers professional care in a comfortable, homelike setting. Skilled nursing services provide long- and short-term care for those recovering from an illness or injury.Our goal is to give residents the medical assistance they need and the personal engagement and social involvement they want. We subscribe to a philosophy of choice, empowering residents to make their own decisions as much as possible. Our associates are dedicated skilled nursing professionals at Renaissance, which means they can build strong personal bonds with residents. Skilled Nursing at Renaissance is open to the public, without a large entrance fee.Services and Amenities24-hour licensed nurses availableTV room, library and lounge areaFully furnished private suites with a personal bathFlat-screen TV in each residents residenceAll utilities included, including basic cable and local telephone serviceSocial and recreational activities and eventsPhysical, speech and occupational therapiesIndustry-leading staff ratios Short-term rehabilitative careLong-term residential carePost-surgical care IV therapy Pain managementSpecialized wound careOrthopedic rehabilitationFull-time lifestyle staff

Renaissance at The Terraces

Memory Care 26475 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, Florida, 34134

Memory Care in Bonita Springs, FloridaIf you are searching for memory care near me and live in southwest Florida, youve found the perfect place for you and your loved one.Located in Bonita Springs and convenient to those in Estero and North Naples, memory care at Renaissance at The Terraces offers those living with Alzheimers disease or dementia a beautiful, comfortable and welcoming place to call home. With the exceptional memory care, elegant setting and thoughtful lifestyles offered, Renaissance delivers the quality memory care experience that families expect for their loved ones.BROWSE OUR FLOOR PLANSMemory Care that Embraces the Whole FamilyFor those living with Alzheimers or other forms of dementia, (including Lewy body dementia) and for their families, the effects of memory loss can be devastating. We understand. Our exceptional care embraces everyone involved, from our residents to their families. Our trained memory care team works closely with residents every day. Our purpose is to engage each individual in a way that resonates with them personally; this approach respects their choices, promotes their remaining abilities and supports their independence in a safe environment. We also offer support and education for families, helping them to understand and cope with the challenges presented by Alzheimers and dementia. Renaissance, as well as all of The Terraces at Bonita Springs, welcomes family members to not only visit their loved ones but to also take advantage of every amenity offered within our senior living community. After all, this is where their loved one lives this is home. We welcome them to treat it as such. What does that mean to you? It means feeling at home at Renaissance. It means taking a stroll through the grounds. Soaking up the sun by the pool. This community is designed to allow everyone to live well. It means letting us provide care and support while you enjoy being family again.Personalized Alzheimers and Dementia CareWe believe theres no substitute for personalized attention. To us, memory care is only effective when it is incredibly personal, so we get personal. We take the time to get to know our residents. We learn their life stories and really get to know who they are. Through the smallest details residents interests, careers, family histories and favorite foods we can develop personalized dementia care plans and create positive emotional experiences that help stabilize residents moods without relying on pharmacology. Its an innovative approach to memory care in southwest Florida.State-of-the-Art Memory Care FacilityOur memory care facility in Renaissance is state-of-the-art, featuring a neighborhood concept that helps decrease residents anxiety, with common spaces to encourage socialization. No detail has been overlooked; no comfort has been spared. Our residents enjoy spacious private residences with nurses close by, allowing us to provide even better care. Rated 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, families can be confident in the quality of our memory care services.Memory Care and Service Details:24-hour licensed nurses available24-hour Certified Nurses Aide assistanceRecreational therapistSecure environmentDedicated professionals specially trained to care for those with memory lossPersonalized care plan tailored to meet unique needs and preferencesSpacious, private studio residences with full private bathsAll utilities provided, including basic cableInclusive pricingMemory boxes to help residents locate their residence independentlySpacious activity and common areas designed to promote social interactionEnclosed courtyard for safe outdoor activities such as walking and family visitsInteractive and socially stimulating programming designed for those with memory loss