Should You Look for Senior Living Close to Your Home or an Adult Child’s?

October 16, 2019

Should you retire near your current home or move near your adult child? Here are a few factors to consider before deciding.

Should you move close to your home or you child's home?

Choosing a senior living community isn’t always easy. With a variety of housing types available, finding the one that best meets your needs can take time and research. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is where you want to start looking.

Many seniors find themselves debating whether they should move near an adult child’s home or find a senior living community near their current home. Even after exploring communities in both places, the decision may not be clear. If you are struggling, we have a few suggestions that might help.

Where to Search for Senior Living

If you take the following factors into consideration, you’ll likely arrive at an informed decision:

1. Is the quality of senior living better in one area?

This is clearly an important consideration. While most cities and towns have a variety of options from which to choose, some are often better than others. We always recommend families spend time reviewing state survey results of any community they are considering. Many states now publish these online to make it easier for seniors and their adult children to access. Check your state’s Department of Aging or Department of Human Services site for more information.

2. Is your adult child likely to move?

Career choices often require adult children to move to another city or state. Sometimes families are separated by great distances. Another key determinant in deciding if you want to move closer to an adult child is how long they will be there. If their job may require them to move again, you could find yourself alone in a new place without family nearby.

3. Which location offers greater companionship?

Many people want to be close to their loved ones as they grow older. When you are relocating away from a place you lived for decades to an all-new environment, it may be tough to start over. This is especially true if your adult child is busy with a career and family of their own.

If you are a senior who has a wide circle of friends you see often and a social life that you enjoy, staying close to your current home may be best. If you don’t have a supportive circle of friends nearby, relocating closer to family may be a better choice.

4. How well do you adapt to change?

Moving to a senior living community can be a big transition that takes time to adapt to. If you are someone for whom change is difficult, you might find it very difficult to relocate far from your longtime home. A senior living community near your current home might make for an easier transition.

By contrast, if you are someone who loves new adventures, the opportunity to explore a new city or state might be a welcome change.

Senior Living in the Southeast

If your search for a senior living community takes you to Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee or Virginia, we hope you will make time to visit us. With fourteen senior living communities in the southeast, Legacy offers a variety of options. Contact the community in your desired location to schedule a private tour today!