Manse Advice

Rightsize Your Senior Lifestyle and Downsize with a Smile

For seniors looking to downsize to a simpler, more manageable retirement lifestyle, a move to a senior living community is an ideal way to rightsize your home. While the process of moving out of the family home can be bittersweet, downsizing presents new possibilities for worry-free living.

Some seniors think that moving to a senior living community will limit their space and their options. This is far from the reality in communities such as Manse on Marsh in San Luis Obispo, CA. In fact, residents here think quite the opposite! A leading senior living community grants seniors the type of relaxing lifestyle they desire – and deserve – without the worries and hassles of homeownership. When it comes to downsizing, the benefits far outweigh the concerns about moving. 

Turning Less into More

Many older adults don’t consider downsizing an option until they are in a position in which they either need full-time support or can no longer manage the upkeep of their house. Downsizing can bring to mind stressful thoughts about decluttering, packing, moving hassles, selling your home – not to mention the nostalgia of leaving behind a house full of memories. However, seniors can experience life-changing benefits from moving to a senior living community before it becomes a necessity.

According to an article from American Senior Communities®, “The Joys of Downsizing Your Home,” those who make the move to senior living ultimately trade the time, money, energy and stress spent on maintaining their home for the ease, security, social engagement and free time that comes with a community lifestyle.

Consider some of the benefits seniors enjoy when they release the burden of homeownership and switch to a carefree, senior living lifestyle:

  1. Manageable Space – If you’re living on your own or with your spouse, chances are you don’t need as much space as you did while raising a family. Downsizing to a smaller home makes it much easier to manage your space. Rather than keeping up with (and paying to heat) empty rooms, spend your energy on a space that’s just right for you.

  2. No More Maintenance – Keeping up on household chores or paying for yard work and seasonal maintenance can be overwhelming and expensive. As we get older, these tasks end up taking more time or simply become too difficult or dangerous to manage. At a senior living community, you don’t have to spend your time doing chores. Housekeeping, maintenance and even transportation are often included. Downsizing lets you focus on more important things.

  3. Financial Benefits – Along with homeownership come the financial burdens of taxes and home repairs. Major repairs and home emergencies (when the furnace stops working or the roof starts to leak) could cost you thousands of dollars. Even small repairs add up. At a senior living community, you no longer have to worry about pricey replacements or other uncertain financial expenses. Without the burdens of paying for repairs or property tax, you can put your home equity to good use. 

  4. Less Stress – All of these downsizing benefits inevitably lead to less overall stress for you! A new, smaller home will be easier to keep clean and organized, and someone else will be taking care of maintenance jobs. You can stop worrying about things that take away your time, energy, money and even health, and start enjoying some peace of mind.

  5. More Time & Freedom – When you downsize your home, you’ll regain the free time lost on homeowner responsibilities and be able to spend it on the things you love. Feel like spending the day finishing that novel? Go ahead – you don’t have to cook or clean. Want to go away for an impromptu vacation? Your home is safe and secure within your community.

  6. Social Engagement – Maybe your nest is empty, kids and grandkids live out of town, or friends have moved away. It’s natural that your social circle might have shrunk in size over the years. At a senior living community, social interaction and involvement is effortless and accessible. With special programming, clubs and day trips, there’s always something fun to do. It’s easy to make new friends and meet people with similar interests. Plus, friends and neighbors are always close by to grab lunch, see a movie or just sit and chat.

  7. Security – In a community setting, you no longer have to worry about your safety. Gone are the days of worrying about a break-in or an inclement weather crisis stranding you away from necessities. Plus, communities are usually equipped with emergency call systems, in case you should ever experience a health emergency.

  8. The Chance to Start Fresh – Downsizing and moving to a new, easier-to-manage community home can give you the chance to begin a new chapter in life. It can be a catalyst for changes for the better! Rather than viewing the move as a compaction of your life, be encouraged to view it instead as making yourself available to new possibilities.

Abundant Living for Today’s Seniors

These benefits are just a few of the ways downsizing your home can rightsize your lifestyle. If you would like to learn more, contact a local senior living community or talk to a friend who’s already made the move.

At Manse on Marsh, seniors discover everything they need to experience a worry-free senior living lifestyle. With a dedicated staff committed to planning activities, events and excursions, there’s always something to do, somewhere to go, and friends to share the fun. Plus, residents enjoy the peace of mind they have knowing that health care options are available right within the community, if they’re ever needed down the road.

Take the first step and find out if it’s time to downsize your home for a retirement free from hassle and worry. Call Manse on Marsh today to learn more about the independent lifestyle seniors love.

Simply Abundant Living – The Manse on Marsh

The Manse on Marsh is widely recognized as the finest senior living community in San Luis Obispo County, California. Offering independent living, assisted living, respite care and palliative care, Manse on Marsh provides residents with the perfect blend of independence, privacy and safety all within the comforts of home.

The Manse on Marsh is simply abundant living – no matter the lifestyle or service a resident may require. In addition to a vibrant lifestyle that empowers residents to thrive, residents of Manse on Marsh enjoy delicious daily dining, wellness-focused programming and a social calendar filled with endless activity and entertainment. The locally owned community offers a wide variety of cottage homes, along with studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment options.

Located along the scenic Central California coast in beautiful San Luis Obispo, Manse on Marsh puts residents only steps away from fine dining, popular attractions, shopping and world-class medical care. Learn more today by calling 805-541-4222 or by visiting

How to choose an assisted living community

Choosing an assisted living community for a loved one can be a tough decision. How do you make sure that your loved one will be happy, safe and well taken care of? Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing an assisted living community:

Look for friendliness and attentiveness in the staff

Pay close attention to how you are greeted when you enter the assisted living community. Were you greeted promptly and warmly? When touring the facility, pay attention to the staff. Are they smiling? Are the courteous? What kind of training programs does the facility provide for their staff?

Check out what types of care are offered

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing an assisted living facility is what kinds of care are offered. Depending on the needs of the resident, some facilities may not be a proper fit.

Get feedback from residents and families

Ask residents how they like living there, and reach out for feedback from their families and friends. Pay close attention to the demeanor of residents. Also, check out any online reviews that may have been written. Does the facility have a good reputation?

Check out one of the activities

Check out the facility’s activity calendar, and attend one of the activities. Note if there are a lot of residents participating and if they are having a good time. Is there a wide variety of appealing activities to choose from?

Try a meal

Try a meal at the facility. How is the food? Is it fresh, healthy and tasty? Perhaps even try a couple meals and check out the meal plan to assure that there is a wide array of nutritious and delicious options to keep the resident healthy and happy.

Pay attention to cleanliness

How clean is the facility? Is the interior design stylish and modern? If the staff puts a precedence on cleanliness you can assume that they have attention to detail in other aspects of service as well.

At the Manse, we use the nationally recognized Assisted Living Care Planning System, which determines the needs of the resident and provides services based on their unique care situation, assuring that you only pay for what is needed. The Manse is the only Central Coast Assisted Living Facility to offer this. We train our staff to be kind and knowledgeable, and provide clean, upscale facilities, delicious and nutritious meals and life enriching activities.

We invite you to take a tour today at the Manse San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Facility, take a tour, talk to our wonderful residents and staff and see if we are the right for your loved one. Call us today at (805) 541-4222.