Is a Life Plan Community Right for Your Aging Parent?

Is a Life Plan Community Right for Your Aging Parent?

It’s not easy helping aging parents with life transitions. Many times, parents resist change, putting adult children in challenging positions of providing care and guidance for their parents’ future. How do you know when it’s time to look for alternative living situations? And how do you know if a life plan community is the right choice?

A life plan community provides:

  • Multiple levels of care in a single destination
  • A focus on active lifestyle habits
  • An emphasis on personal and social responsibility

Residents live in attractive apartments or villas. Services and amenities that are included in many communities, such as housekeeping, maintenance, and groundskeeping, allow residents to pursue activities in their lives that otherwise can be pushed aside due to obligations of homeownership.

A variety of recreational and entertaining activities encourage socialization and leisure. Residents can sign up for a fitness class, watch a movie in the indoor theater, or sit down to a gourmet meal.

Personal and social responsibility is promoted through opportunities to give back. Residents can participate in charitable outreaches that benefit schools, shelters, and clinics. For example, golf tournaments may be held to raise money for the local soup kitchen.

A full range of health services is also available on-site, from assisted living and rehabilitation to long-term care. Residents enjoy peace of mind, knowing they’re surrounded by healthcare professionals, loving friends, and devoted staff. Adult children also enjoy peace of mind in knowing that their parents are well taken care of.

Life plan communities reduce the reliance that aging parents have on government aid. In fact, most facilities offer a full of refund the entrance fee if parents aren’t happy within a certain period of time. This reassures adult children that the communities are invested in the health and well-being of the residents.

Additional advantages:

  • A focus on health and wellness
  • Planned social activities
  • Different levels of care for spouses (while ensuring spouses can still live together)
  • Alleviating concerns of loved ones

It’s normal for adult children to be concerned about aging parents’ needs, especially for those who live far away. Moving into a life plan community provides aging parents with a high level of independence and specialized attention while also assuring loved ones that healthcare needs will be met.


Contact Wesley Woods at New Albany to learn more about the community.

For more information, please call (614) 656-4100.