When adult children are visiting during the holidays, it may be a good time to broach the subject about
moving to a senior living community such as a life plan community like East Ridge at Cutler Bay.
While in some families introducing the possibility of moving falls on the parents, in other families the
subject is suggested by the children. Regardless, the holidays are a perfect time to discuss an older
parent’s future needs.

“Many of our East Ridge residents have adult children who live outside this area. The family’s roots are
in Miami Dade County and the parents want to stay in South Florida,” explains Mary Scott Russell, the
community’s director of marketing. “However, they may find living in their current home challenging.
As their social circles get smaller, they no longer have friends within their neighborhood with whom to
go movies, shopping or restaurants. Also, some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as they were when their
family was growing up. In cases of an emergency, there simply isn’t the neighbor next door that they can
rely upon.”

Contemplating a move to a life plan community may offer the peace of mind for the entire family. The
need for meaningful connections is an essential part of aging. Of Americans age 65 and older, 28
percent (11 million people) live alone according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The National Council on
Aging also found that isolation can harm both mental and physical health. Social isolation and loneliness
are associated with higher risk of mortality in adults 52 and older.

Here are some tips to help your parents consider a move to a life plan community:

  • Start researching communities on the internet but be cautious of referral websites that offer to
    provide free assistance. Free really isn’t free. Referral companies are being compensated and
    are not transparent. They may not have your interests at heart.
  • Create a list of potential communities to consider. If mom and dad know someone already living
    at the community this may help narrow down communities. They may be more in the know
    than you since many older adults visit communities for lectures and events.
  • Make appointments for a visit and plan adequate time for tours which take about an hour. Plan
    time to stay for lunch or dinner or come back for a second visit.
  • Encourage an overnight or weekend stay for your parents that communities like East Ridge
    offer. They’ll have an opportunity to sample the lifestyle and get a sense of community living by
    staying at the community even if they live nearby.
  • Work with a sales person to understand the different types of life plan contracts offered by the
    community.

While family dynamics play a part in your parent’s decision to move to a senior living
community, it is important to strive to work collaboratively with siblings so everyone helps
parents with the decision and the move.

The senior living community sales team is an excellent resource. Their business is helping
seniors decide to move to a community and they work with families each and every day. They
can relate to all of the issues that may be challenging you and your parents and are here to
provide all the help they can.

About East Ridge at Cutler Bay

East Ridge at Cutler Bay is Miami’s only true life plan retirement community. The not-for-profit
community draws from the neighborhood charm of suburban Cutler Bay, one of the fastest growing
suburbs in the U.S. and the vibrancy of Miami in a lush tropical setting of 76 acres, located at 19301 S.W.
87th Avenue. The community offers a continuum of care including independent residences and the
innovative Three Palms Health Center with assisted living apartment homes, memory support, respite,
skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation services available under one roof. For more information or to
schedule a personal tour, please call (305) 256-3564 or visit www.EastRidgeAtCutlerBay.com.

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