As the site of the Civil War’s most significant early battle, Manassas, Virginia, has the feel of a town steeped in history and culture. Seniors living in Manassas can take advantage of opera and theater at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, visit the city’s landmark stone bridge, or stroll through the city’s lush rose garden.
If living in your home is becoming increasingly difficult, you might find that you’re unable to enjoy much of what Manassas has to offer. The right assisted living in Manassas, Virginia, can restore a sense of independence, adventure, and joy. Here’s what you need to consider.
1. How You Want to Spend Your Time
When you were still working, you might have spent your time fantasizing about retirement. Perhaps visions of endless gardening or travel helped you remain calm day after day, week after week, as you fought traffic and unreasonable bosses, financial constraints, and workplace culture shifts.
Now that you’re here, you may find that health and mobility concerns make it more difficult to bring your dreams to fruition. If you’re increasingly bored, spending time alone, or unable to do that which you once fantasized about, assisted living might be the bridge that supports you to do more, learn more, and enjoy life.
Consider how you want to spend your time. Don’t allow stereotypes about retirement or family gossip about how you like to spend your time to color your judgment. You can craft whatever life you want. Are you a history buff? Then you may want a home that allows you access to Manassas National Battlefield Park. Outdoors lover? A community with ready access to one of Manassas’s recreational parks might be ideal.
Make a list of the activities you want as part of your life. This can help guide your decision, particularly if you feel overwhelmed by options or pressured to make a quick selection.
2. What a Comfortable Life Looks Like
Assisted living offers peace of mind. Not only will you have the help you need in an environment that preserves your independence, but you’ll also have a clear idea of your monthly budget and no longer have to worry about unexpected expenses like a broken pipe or leaky roof.
Every assisted living community offers these comforts. You might want more. What does a comfortable life look like? What does your home need in order for you to feel secure and safe? Do you need a view of a garden? Lots of activities? A community that understands your religious or cultural beliefs? Consider which habits you default to. Those provide a useful window into what feels comfortable to you. If you love cooking, for example, you need a home with a great kitchen—and perhaps access to a Manassas farmer’s market.
3. How Assisted Living Will Impact Your Budget
When you’re living on a fixed income, finances are always at the back of your mind. It’s easy to be scared by the large upfront price of assisted living. Consider, however, what you’ll be saving. At an all-inclusive community, you can slash expenses. You might even end up paying less than you do to live at home.
If assisted living stretches your budget, meet with a financial planner to explore your options. Long-term care insurance policies and Medicaid typically pay for assisted living when it’s a medical need. Selling your home is also an option that can offer significant liquidity and a lot of wiggle room in an otherwise tight budget. Your comfort and safety are important. Don’t allow financial concerns to trap you in a living arrangement that no longer works.
4. How the Community Feels
The move to assisted living is a big decision. Don’t be swayed by flashy marketing materials and friendly salespeople. Visit several communities. Comparing one community to another offers a better understanding of community culture, differences between communities, and what you really want.
The following strategies can help you make the most of your visit:
- Eat a meal at the community. Sampling the food helps you decide if this is the right place for you. And eating with others gives you a window into community life.
- Ask to see the unit associated with the price you are quoted. Tour any recreational facilities, too. Are community members actively using these facilities and getting help where needed? You should see many people enjoying many activities rather than a gym that’s never used or a garden that’s never tended.
- Ask detailed questions about community life. Which classes are available? Is there transportation to Manassas attractions, such as the Hylton Performing Arts Center? Which food options are available and at what price? What level of assistance is available?
- Take someone you trust with you. Two sets of eyes are better than one. A loved one might notice things you don’t and may help you feel more comfortable asking pointed questions.
- Talk to the residents. Do they seem happy? Are they well-fed and well-dressed? Do they like the community? A quality community earns rave reviews from its residents.
5. Your Emotional Needs
When you consider a switch to assisted living, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in physical health needs that you forget about your mental health. Your emotional needs matter. If a community doesn’t feel right, you don’t have to justify yourself. Keep looking until you find a good fit. Some questions that can help you find the right community for your specific needs are:
- How often do I want to interact with others? Do I want lots of friendly neighbors, plenty of privacy, or a combination of the two?
- How could the right community support my independence? Do I need transportation to take my grandkids to Splash Down Waterpark or assistance keeping my home clean?
- Which activities are most important to me? How can I continue to participate in those activities? Would transportation, classes, or a safer living environment help?
- How do I feel about moving to assisted living? Is there any way a community could ease my fears? What sort of support do I want to make the transition?
6. Your Health Needs
Assisted living is supposed to help you remain independent by addressing health needs such as declining mobility. Make a list of the specific needs with which you need help. The ideal community for you should comprehensively address these needs. Do you need help with bathing or grooming? Access to emergency help? Assistance remembering medication? Guidance to meet specific dietary guidelines?
Your health needs are non-negotiable. Ask questions that elicit specific details about how the community keeps you safe and healthy.
Ready to take the next steps? Eager to learn more? No matter where you are in the search for exceptional senior living, we can help. Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor offers assisted living in a luxurious, homey setting. Contact us today to discuss how we can help make your next chapter your best!