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Should You Move to Independent Living Before You Need Assisted Living?

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How do you know when the time is right to downsize to a retirement community? Many older adults think there’s no real reason to move into a retirement community unless they require extra support from assisted living. However, this line of thinking can cause seniors to miss out on the many benefits of independent living communities.

Even if you are in good physical health, there are plenty of good reasons to move to an independent living community before you need assisted living services. Here are a few of the top reasons to relocate to independent living early.

Say goodbye to the worries of home maintenance

Many seniors believe that if they are still mobile and in good health, they should live in their homes as long as possible. However, the hassles of homeownership can become cumbersome, especially as we grow older. Older adults may no longer have the energy or desire to keep up with household tasks like lawn care, cleaning, or maintenance. But in independent living, services like housekeeping and landscaping services are included, allowing residents to experience the freedom of homeownership without worrying about maintaining a large house.

More security and freedom

Some older adults think that moving into a retirement community will inhibit their freedom. In reality, it’s quite the opposite! Retirement communities have on-campus security monitoring, giving both residents and their families a greater peace of mind. In independent living, older adults can come and go as they please and even take vacations without worrying that something might happen to their home while they’re away.

A vibrant social life

When you move to an independent living community, you gain more than just a new place to live. You also gain endless opportunities for socialization and new friendships. From fitness classes to outings to local events, independent living provides residents with a rewarding and vibrant social life well beyond their retirement years.

A smooth transition to assisted living

Some retirement communities provide a range of living options across a continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. This way, as their care needs change, residents of independent living can easily transition to assisted living without uprooting their lives or losing contact with friends they’ve made. In some retirement communities, independent living residents can even receive priority registration for assisted living facilities in the community. This way, older adults may enjoy a relaxing retirement, all on the same campus.

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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