You’re at a point in life when it’s time to make plans for your retirement years. You’ve worked hard to provide for yourself and the people you love for a long time, and now it’s important you ensure that when you’re living your so-called twilight years they will truly be golden.
Some people reach this phase of life and choose to have someone live in their home to give personal care and maintain the house that they’ve always found familiar. That is one option. But if you are not entirely comfortable having a stranger in your home and instead would like to surround yourself with a team of helpful, knowledgeable staff to provide your every need, then considering joining an independent living community may be the right option for you.
What is an “Independent Living Community”?
More than just simply a place to sleep at night, a quality independent living community is one that welcomes you home, gives you support, encourages fun, and allows you to live (just as it says) independently.
Being older DOESN’T have to mean being dependent on others to take care of you completely. Just because you need a bit more support than you used to, does NOT mean that you need to lose your independence. It’s important that any community you look at for your retirement years is supportive of your continued ability to live as an independent adult.
Keeping Your Days as a Senior Exciting
When you are researching the perfect residence for you as a senior adult, remember to look at facilities that provide for and encourage participation in fun activities that you enjoy. Some of the activities you might consider may include:
Clubs and Activities, like:
- Kiwanis Group
- Yarn Club
- Wii Bowling League
- Book Club
- Resident Run
- Finer Diners
- Billiards League
You can also look for opportunities to:
- Volunteer (and make a difference in your community)
- See a movie with friends
- Shop (either locally or to an outlet out-of-town)
- Jump in for a hand of poker (or card game of your choice)
Whatever options you choose, when in an independent living community it is necessary to stay active and remain social to combat loneliness and stay engaged in life.
The Benefits of Amenities to Suit Your Lifestyle
Your senior years should be centered around convenience. Convenient living, convenient activities and, of course, everyday conveniences that will make living that much easier.
As you visit facilities you are interested in for possible living, don’t forget to make inquiries about some of the things that you really shouldn’t have to live without in your day-to-day life, like:
- Banking services
- Pharmacy and Grocery delivery
- Laundry services
- Place for Guests to stay
- And so much more!
Whatever you are looking for in an independent living community, the most important thing for you to do is ask a lot of questions. No one knows you better than you know yourself, so don’t hesitate to ask until you get the answers you need!