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Senior Living: The Social and Financial Benefits of Community Life

May 12, 2023

Today’s seniors are reinventing what “retirement” looks like – and in turn are reinventing what “senior living” looks like. Communities these days are no longer places where you go when you’re old, gray and unable to do the things you love. Instead, today’s senior living communities are active, vibrant places where seniors can say goodbye to the things they no longer want to do – home maintenance, chores and more – and say hello to the retirement lifestyle with the support they’ve been dreaming about. 

There are many benefits of a senior living community for older adults. Wondering what a happy retirement looks like? Here are just a few of the reasons why a senior living community like CedarStone Senior Living can provide you with the right balance of free time and peace of mind

1. A Community of Instant Friends

One of the biggest reasons to choose CedarStone is the opportunity to stay active and engaged, avoiding isolation at home. For many seniors, staying in their home does not provide the social opportunities they need or want. At CedarStone, our residents enjoy a thriving social life by becoming connected to new friends with whom to enjoy life. Staying social is a huge part of aging well, and at our retirement community, we offer so many different ways to stay social, active and engaged. 

Our Life Enrichment Coordinator, Sara, does an assessment with every resident to find out their past and current interests and activities. She then puts together a constantly changing activity calendar based on what our residents are looking for. Our residents’ days are filled with club meetings, Wine Wednesdays, coffee meetups, fitness classes, bingo, weekly shopping outings, walking trips, and so much more. 

Our new resident greetings are some of our most popular events on campus. Every month, our community comes together to sip cocktails or mocktails, enjoy live entertainment, and welcome our newest members. It’s a very welcoming atmosphere – our current residents will introduce themselves and ask new residents to join them. It can get pretty lively – we’ve had to split up tables because everyone wants to sit together!

2. A Maintenance-Free Lifestyle

Senior living is perfect for older adults who don’t want to deal with the hassles of home and lawn maintenance anymore. Even if you own your current home outright, there are lots of expenses and chores that take up time, money and energy. Not to mention the physical demands of keeping a home can be taxing. 

At CedarStone, our residents enjoy living in private, maintenance-free apartments that fit their needs and lifestyle perfectly. Since all the chores are taken care of, residents have all the time they desire to take advantage of the services and amenities available at our retirement community, including: 

  • The Connection (computer and technology room)
  • Fit Studio
  • CedarStone Theater
  • Oasis Salon & Barber
  • The Studio (art room)
  • Solare Lounge
  • Outdoor dining and patios
  • Walking paths

3. A Lifestyle Focused on Wellness

Staying healthy in mind, body, and soul not only makes you feel good – but it also can even help you live longer. Senior living communities offer many opportunities to help residents stay active, healthy and happy.

Seniors can stay physically healthy at our Fit Studio, which offers energizing classes as well as state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Blue Stone Therapy offers several workout classes each week that are incredibly popular, and our music therapy class is always packed. 

Of course, social health and wellness are an important part of our community. The son of one of our residents said that his mother wasn’t very social at first, but after attending the resident welcome party, she feels right at home and goes to almost every activity. 

4. A Continuum of Care That Allows You to Age in Place

While you may be active, independent and healthy now, there may come a time when you need a little extra personal care in order to live safely and happily. At CedarStone, residents have the benefit of individualized care plans and pricing that supports an a la carte style. While many Assisted Living communities group bathing and medication management together, at our community we work with you for your needs so you have all of what you need, but aren’t paying for care services you do not need. This is important to our goal of keeping seniors as independent as possible.

Assisted Living residents at CedarStone benefit from receiving assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) where necessary, leaving them free to continue to do the things they can and love to do. Having that little extra bit of help allows residents to enjoy everything that our vibrant community has to offer. 

Personal care plans are developed at the time of move-in for new residents. Plans and care levels are customized for the specific needs of the resident during an initial assessment. 

“Our nurse spends more than an hour with new residents, in their new space, getting to know them and their needs,” says Senior Living Consultant Briget Meyer, “This will include basic vitals, but also getting to know the resident for what their schedule looks like, what time do they like to wake up, what types of foods do they like and what type of care they will want and need. Everything is a la carte, from how often they want help bathing to medication management.”

For individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, our Awakenings™ Memory Care program helps individuals live safely and with dignity as we recognize, empower and celebrate each person’s remaining abilities. At CedarStone, all team members receive ongoing, industry leading training for dementia. This is a key factor for staff from dining, to administration, to marketing to help support families and  make residents successful.

5. An Exceptional Dining Experience

Would you like to dine at a high-class, high-quality restaurant with three meals a day? Look no further than life at CedarStone. Every one of our residents receives one complimentary restaurant-style, chef-prepared meal per day (with options to add on dining packages as desired). With two restaurant-style dining rooms, a bistro, and three club rooms, we offer a dining experience with ever-changing menus – making mealtime nutritious, delicious and fun. 

Our residents agree that the food at CedarStone is top-notch. Some of their favorites include the homemade soup of the day and our tacos. Many residents look forward to sampling the daily chef’s special, but our anytime menu is always packed with favorites. While everyone loves the dining experience, it is also a key socialization opportunity for residents.  

“Lunch is always the most popular meal here!” according to Briget, “It’s also important for residents to join their neighbors for at least one meal a day. This socialization is key to staying engaged and active, even for more introverted residents. Many residents find themselves coming down for lunch and chatting well into the afternoon.”

6. 24-Hour Security and Safety

Senior living communities provide peace of mind to seniors and family members who might feel anxious about their loved one living on their own. Accidents can happen, after all, and those who live alone in a private residence may not be able to get the assistance they need quickly if there’s a fall or injury. CedarStone boasts a 24-hour emergency response system throughout our community, so if our residents need assistance, caring help is never far away. 

Vibrant Senior Living in Cedar Falls, Iowa

CedarStone Senior Living is the area’s newest senior community, nestled in the Greenhill Village Estates neighborhood in Cedar Falls, Iowa. We offer Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Learn more about CedarStone and how our community can benefit you today.

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