When it comes time for a senior to move out of the house, it’s not always easy to determine what should come next. There is a need to consider the type of living situation that’s a best fit, to plan financially, and also take into account that many communities can have a waiting list that extend months – if not years – into the future. As such, it’s important to start researching early.
Independent senior living living residences are ideal for seniors that can take care of themselves, but want to remove the burdens of homeownership. Often, these communities include apartment style buildings or independent homes within a community of likeminded people.
Residents maintain an independent lifestyle along with a private residence. Services usually included are meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and the added benefit of social and recreational activities. Independent living is the most affordable senior living option as there is no level of care required. However, many communities have care services available when residents need it.
Why choose a senior living community?
Independent living communities offer a chance for aging adults to reinvent life. Why deal with the burdens of a house when you can live maintenance free with meals and entertainment provided? Independent living offers many social outlets, activities, and opportunities for companionship.
Contrary to popular belief, the best time to move into an independent living community is when you are young and healthy enough to enjoy the activity and social outlets. If you wait until special services are needed, you could miss out on some prime years to enjoy the benefits of an active community. Plus, openings can be hard to find if they’re needed in a hurry due to compromised health.
People ask what life is like at a senior living community. Their preconceived beliefs and notions of what independent living is like often are off base. Concerns we often hear include, “Is it an institutional like atmosphere?” “I feel like I will not make friends.” “It can’t be as good as living in my house.” “I am not ready to give up my house.”
Our answer is a house involves maintenance, upkeep, and at a certain point, is more trouble than most seniors can handle. With independent living at a senior community, there is no need to mow the lawn, clean the house, do laundry, incur maintenance costs, or burden children. This is a maintenance-free lifestyle where you can focus on living your life as you choose.
When seniors become part of an independent living community, they can focus on living life instead of managing it. The memories they have made are theirs to keep and cherish, and new experiences await.