It has become commonplace for older adults to get a roommate while residing in a senior living community if they are working with a modest budget. This makes sense as a roommate can share the cost of rent, making the apartment more affordable for both older adults. In fact, it is an increasing trend for older adults to find roommates to split the costs of senior care. Even though there are benefits of getting a roommate, which we’ll be addressing in this article, it’s important to look at other factors and consider if having a senior living roommate is necessary.
Obviously, this is the most common reason many older adults agree to take on a roommate. Not only do loved ones save money on rent, but they can also save up on living expenses such as groceries, transportation, and other general monthly expenditures. This allows your loved ones to be more financially stable or have more excess finances to fund their lifestyle needs. Here at The Welstone At Mission Crossing, loved ones get to choose from three two-bedroom apartments: The Heartland at 810 square feet, The Santa Fe at 813 square feet, and The Flint at 957 square feet.
Based on a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an increasing number of older adults aged 65 and above are considered socially isolated. Since social isolation and loneliness occur mostly in older adults who live alone, it’s a good idea for your loved ones to have a roommate who can provide companionship and emotional support. This goes especially for loved ones who have lost a spouse or a declining social network. A roommate can also potentially be a friend in the long run. In addition, having a roommate helps make the transition to independent living easier.
If your loved ones live alone, they are at a higher risk of getting injured and unable to receive assistance. In the case of your loved ones falling or have encountered an accident, their roommate can go get help or provide medical care for minor issues. This allows your loved ones to be more independent as a roommate contributes to a more secure living environment where the risk of hazards is decreased.
Sharing an apartment with a roommate means that the household chores such as cleaning, doing the laundry, and cooking are now a shared responsibility. Your loved ones and their roommates can take turns maintaining the house, ensuring that none will be too burdened by these day-to-day tasks. If your loved ones have commitments to attend to and do not have time or energy to handle household chores, getting a roommate helps ease the workload and lift the weight off their shoulders.
Why Choose The Welstone At Mission Crossing?
At The Welstone At Mission Crossing, residents are spoiled with the number of amenities featured in our independent living community. From our state-of-the-art FitCamp® fitness center to our Sensations dining restaurant, it’s impossible for your loved ones to feel bored and not be engaged. If you’d like to know more about our independent living community, you can contact our team of senior living professionals at 913.285.5473.