Senior Living
August 26, 2019

The top 3 reasons for deciding to move to a retirement community

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The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Have you or a loved one begun considering a move to a retirement community but aren’t sure whether it’s the right step?

Making the decision can depend on a number of factors. However, we observe three recurring situations that most often prompt seniors and their families to start thinking about a senior living community.

Health changes

A survey of more than 2,000 family caregivers showed that nearly 60 percent said a serious medical condition was the catalyst for moving to a retirement home. A poll of several hundred seniors revealed similar results, with a change in health cited as the main reason for a move.

Those results support our experience at Ecumenical Retirement Community. Many older persons with medical challenges find life is easier for them at a retirement community. Professionally trained staff are available to attend to their needs at any time of day or night. But it’s also common for people who are currently healthy to make the move because they have their future health care needs in mind.

Caregivers’ needs

In the survey of caregivers, just over 25 percent said their own needs led to their loved ones’ move to a retirement home. Family caregivers frequently reach a point where they can no longer provide care on their own. Caregiving can be emotionally and physically exhausting, and caregivers often begin to show signs of ill health as well.

That’s why senior living communities have trained staff to care for the daily personal and health care needs of seniors. This can give them and their family members more valuable time together—talking, reminiscing and enjoying each other’s company.

Home maintenance and more

In the survey of seniors, the second largest response group said home maintenance was the main reason for their move to retirement communities. Being free of responsibility for the upkeep of property gives them peace of mind and more time for their favorite activities.

Other factors that can contribute to deciding on a move to a retirement home include regular, nutritious meals; convenient transportation and the availability of a social network and activities.

Is a retirement community the right choice for you? Talk to us at Ecumenical

Most retirees choose to live in a community close to home, which lets them easily stay connected with family and friends. For many seniors, this is important for their quality of life and happiness. Moving to a retirement community “near me” also can enable them to remain involved in local community or church activities they find meaningful.

The comfortable, secure accommodations at Ecumenical Retirement Community offer seniors safety, personalized care and the pleasure of engaging in activities that enrich body, mind and spirit. Ecumenical is in close proximity to restaurants, stores, cultural events and places of worship. Plus, when comparing Ecumenical’s services with those of other nearby retirement homes, Ecumenical is one of the most affordable and best retirement communities you will find.

We hope you will look into and visit Ecumenical Retirement Community in Harrisburg, PA. In addition to our comfortable senior apartments and attractive campus, you will find that our co-workers share our philosophy of providing compassionate and customized care to each member of our community.

You can find answers to questions about Ecumenical, covering health care, costs, pets and more, on our “Frequently Asked Questions” page. There you will also find more details on what to look for in a retirement community. Please contact us for information or schedule a visit so that we can acquaint you with our full range of services.

2 responses to “The top 3 reasons for deciding to move to a retirement community”

  1. It’s good to know that medical conditions are one of the most common reasons for moving to a retirement home. My dad has been telling me about how his doctor keeps prescribing him with new medication, and he’s been having trouble keeping track of it all recently. I’ll share this information with him so that he can look into his options for senior communities that can help him with this.

    • The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community says:


      Thank you for sharing your experience. Taking the meds in the right dosage, at the right time, with the right accompaniment (food, beverage, etc.) can be overwhelming. Our team is trained to handle. Let us know if we can help in any way. Good luck with your search.

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