Five Benefits of Independent Living
With the tough economy and the lack of properly saving for retirement, many seniors may not even consider moving to a retirement community or independent living facility, but there are some factors to consider that might change their minds.
Independent living is a type of senior living for those seniors that are independent and active. Many seniors that choose to live in an independent living community need no assistance or help with daily activities, but instead, are looking to socialize, meet new people and enjoy their senior years.
There are a few factors to consider before completely ruling out independent living as an option. We’ve highlighted five benefits of living at an independent living community compared to staying in your own home.
1. Maintenance and Worry-Free Living
Independent living communities offer a few different living options. Some communities have apartments within one large building, single family homes within a community or town homes. No matter which option you choose, within the monthly rent or buy-in fee is a maintenance fee that is built in. This covers outdoor maintenance, indoor maintenance, the common grounds throughout the community and some of the furnishings. Move into an independent living home or apartment and you will no longer be responsible for mowing the lawn, shoveling the driveway, fixing the water heater or any other unexpected problems that come with owning your own home.
2. Socialization and Entertainment
It is said that retirement is similar to college. Socializing and activities are once again a very important part of life now that you are able to spend time doing the things you want to do. Independent living communities recognize this and plan activities and events for the residents to take advantage of. Whether it’s taking a trip into the city, cocktail hour in the dining room, movie nights in the theatre room or a tee time at a local golf course, the activities staff at independent living communities make sure that there is something for all of the residents to enjoy.
3. All Inclusive Rent
Many independent living communities include television, internet, phone, heat, electric and water in the monthly rent. No more need to keep up on all the bills and accounts, most are included, making the beginning of the month a lot less hectic!
4. Commercial Services and Amenities
Owning your own home is a lot of work. Maintaining a pool and fitness area in your house is a lot more work or might not even be possible. Having a pool available to you anytime you wish may not be practical if there are only you and your spouse living together in your own home, but at an independent living community it does! Fitness centers, wellness programs, spas, pools and gyms are common features seniors look for when looking for the perfect place to retire. Having all these great amenities all in the same place where you live might even make you feel like you’re living at a resort!
5. Assistance if you Need It
Independent living communities do not offer care. However, if something were to happen and a resident needed assistance during an emergency, help is always close by. Many families choose to move mom or dad into an independent living environment before something happens that could lead to a decline in independence. If they are living alone, it’s scary to think of what would happen if he or she fell and no one was there to help. Independent living is a great way to gain the peace of mind many families hope for.
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