4 Benefits of Moving to Independent Living
There is so much to consider when it comes to living at home and maintaining a home, from preparing meals for yourself, yard work, and taking care of utilities. But did you know that there is an easier way to get the same independence you want without dealing with home-maintenance hassles?
There are so many benefits to making the transition to an independent living campus as a senior citizen. In this blog, we will talk about the activities offered, the cost, meals, safety, and overall convenience. Continue reading to learn about these:
1. Independent living offers many fun activities.
Older adults still want to be able to socialize with others and stay as physically active as possible. While it can be easy to think that retirement communities are boring and do not have a lot to offer, many, on the contrary, are created specifically for active seniors. They often create monthly calendars filled with activities that residents can participate in, which may include crafting, exercise classes, and so much more.
For example, if you enjoy getting creative, communities may have a knitting club or offer art classes. Or, if you want to continue exercising, communities may offer water aerobics classes or yoga sessions.
One of the best things about these activities is that there is likely to be at least one other resident at each activity to join in on the fun. This will make it easier to connect with fellow residents and build relationships with them along the way. There are so many different ways to socialize, which is so important for older adults.
2. Independent living might be more affordable than you think.
Do you think that moving to independent living will cost you more than if you just continue to live at home? You may be surprised to know that this is not necessarily the answer. Independent living communities generally have a monthly rate that could range from $1,500 to $6,000. Also, certain care and hospitality services might be available for an additional fee.
Of course, these fees will also change depending on the state that you live in as well as the room arrangement you choose. Some communities might require a move-in fee as well. While this may seem like a lot, think about the cost compared to all of the utilities and amenities you will have included in your monthly rent.
For example, if your stove is malfunctioning or no longer in the best condition, this can easily be fixed with no additional cost to you. Also, you will not have to worry about paying an extra fee to go to a fitness center or a pool; many communities have their own. And if you have doctor’s appointments to go to or need to run errands nearby, transportation is also likely included.
While you do have to think about expenses like these while living at home, living in a community allows you to easily have access to all of this. Make sure you speak with the director of sales at the community you are interested in so that you can get an accurate idea of what their cost is for residents
3. Independent living offers well-balanced meals.
As we discussed in the previous point, independent living allows you to have access to many things within your monthly fee. What is also included in this are your meals. This makes it so much easier for older adults because they do not have to worry about grocery shopping or cooking every day when living in a retirement home.
If you have certain dietary restrictions or preferences, ask the community how they can accommodate you. You can easily be able to get meals and snacks without preparing them yourself. However, if you still enjoy cooking every now and then, many independent living communities include a refrigerator, stove, and microwave in each apartment.
4. Independent living is safe.
You may be concerned that moving to an independent living community means that you will not be as safe as usual. However, that is not necessarily the case.
Even though you will not need the care that many older adults need in senior living communities, many independent living communities still have 24-hour staff members along with other safety and security measures. You will also be able to ask for help quickly should you need it.
During these times, you may also be concerned about COVID-19 safety measures and how you can be safe. While communities may have different guidelines based upon the state they are in, many of them are sticking with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You are still able to socially distance, especially because you are able to choose the option of living in an apartment by yourself instead of having a roommate, if that makes you more comfortable.
Independent living could be a great choice for you.
Every senior’s needs are different. However, something that many have in common is their desire to continue living independently even as they grow older. You may have this same desire, but the inconveniences of home upkeep and so much more can make living on your own a lot more difficult than you thought. This is why independent living could be great for you.
What are some other things you want to learn about independent living? Share in the comments, and do not forget to take a look at our website to learn what we do for our residents. We are also offering safe tours of our community, so make sure you request yours today.
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