No matter our age, we all value freedom and independence. For older adults, the need for independence can be a driving factor in the decision to move from their long-term homes to a retirement community. Some may not realize that many retirement communities offer living options for every lifestyle, from independent living in apartments or cottages to assisted living and skilled nursing care, giving seniors the ability to live independently for as long as possible. Here are some of the reasons why older adults are choosing to live independently throughout retirement.
Household maintenance made easy
As we age, daily home maintenance can become more challenging, and even dangerous. Tasks like mowing the lawn, climbing ladders to clean the gutters and even shoveling snow can quickly become unmanageable. Luckily, living in an independent living community means you or a loved one can experience all the freedom of homeownership, without any of the chores! Many communities offer complimentary yard maintenance and repair work for residents, making it easy to live independently for much longer.
An enhanced social life
Isolation and loneliness can be major problems for older adults, especially as loved ones and friends move away and transportation becomes more difficult. That’s why many older adults are moving to independent retirement living communities, which offer a welcoming social environment with numerous activities and opportunities for socializing with others.
As we grow older, our driving patterns tend to change. Maybe you are reliant on others for transportation, or a doctor has certified that it is not safe for you to operate a vehicle. For older adults that are unable to or no longer wish to drive, independent living communities often offer complimentary transportation services for their residents. Some communities also have amenities like on-site salons, restaurants and banks available right on campus. Moving to a community with these services is an easy way to maintain your independence well into retirement.
Safety and security
Safety and security are other important factors to consider when deciding if independent living is right for you or a loved one. Whether you are worried about neighborhood crime or access to help in an emergency, independent living communities can offer a safer, more secure place of residence. While you may not need help day to day, staff is always available 24 hours a day to provide support. Most communities also offer gated entry, security monitoring and alarm systems to keep residents safe and provide greater peace of mind.