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Retirement Communities vs. In-home Care: Which is Safer?


Aging often brings about physical and cognitive changes that can make individuals more vulnerable to accidents and health issues. For seniors to thrive during retirement, they need to be proactive about their health, safety, and social life. Prioritizing health and safety for seniors not only extends their independence and autonomy, but also promotes a fulfilling and dignified aging experience.


To make an informed decision about how you, or your senior loved ones, can adapt to changing safety needs and considerations, we’ve put together the real data regarding the safety of retirement. Join us as we take a closer look at the safety of retirement communities, as compared to in-home care and living alone.


Safety and Security



In a national sample of 3,647 adult children with a parent in a retirement community, 91% were pleased with their parent’s safety and physical security.

Students are burglary victims more often than other groups. The elderly are the next most likely targets

Safety and security in a retirement community are paramount considerations to ensure the well-being and peace of mind of its residents. At Winnwood, we prioritize a secure environment by implementing measures such as 24/7 security, well-lit pathways, emergency response systems and secure entry points. 


Fire Danger



According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), all long-term care facilities were expected to be fully sprinklered as of August 2013. 

Older adults are 3.5 times more likely to die in a fire at home than the overall U.S. population.

Retirement communities put the safety of their residents first, protecting them against the threat of fire through comprehensive fire safety measures. These include the installation of state-of-the-art fire detection and alarm systems, regular fire drills, and the implementation of emergency evacuation plans. Buildings are often equipped with sprinkler systems and fire-resistant materials to mitigate the spread of flames. At Winnwood, our staff members are trained in fire safety protocols, ensuring a swift and organized response in the event of an emergency.  


Social Isolation



Yearslong studies have found that frequent social activity reduces cognitive decline by an average of 70 percent, and reduces physical disability.

Approximately one-quarter (24%) of community-dwelling Americans aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. Social isolation is associated with about a 50% increased risk of dementia. 

Retirement communities actively address social isolation and loneliness by fostering a vibrant and engaging environment. These communities design social programs and activities that encourage interaction and connection among residents, providing opportunities for friendships to flourish. Common areas, communal dining spaces, and organized outings create spaces for socialization, alongside clubs, classes, and events tailored to residents' interests. Winnwood even has an app for residents and their families to stay up-to-date with what's happening in the community. Birthdays, Menus, Activities, and so much more! 





There is strong evidence that strength and balance exercises reduce falls by about 24%, and that strength and balance exercise as a stand-alone intervention may be the most effective approach to senior fall prevention.

The majority, 55%, of fall injuries among older people occur inside private homes. 

Exercise as a means of fall prevention and for the promotion of independence is welcomed by retirement communities, as it is seen as a positive step that seniors can take to be proactive in their own health and wellbeing, as well as to enhance their quality of life. Residents at Winnwood can remain fit and active by utilizing our:

  • Fitness centers
  • Walking paths surrounded by award-winning landscaping
  • WinnWOOF dog park
  • Organized excursions in the local area
  • The Winnwood Garden Club 

As a further means of preventing falls, we conduct thorough assessments of communal living spaces to identify and address potential hazards. This includes installing grab bars, non-slip flooring, and adequate lighting in common areas and residences.


So, Which is Safer?

Though there are many safety variables to consider, retirement communities have some notable advantages over living alone or receiving in-home care. To learn more about the specific services and amenities we offer at Winnwood Retirement Community, please feel free to reach out and schedule a tour. We’d love to show you around!

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