What is Independent Living for Seniors?
When it comes to the various types of senior accommodations, independent living is perhaps the least restrictive, supervised, and not to mention least expensive. Even though seniors staying in their own homes may be considered to be living independently, in terms of senior housing, “independent living” refers to senior living communities in which the residents have minimal medical needs and assistance requirements. Such types of communities go under various names, such as senior apartment complexes, retirement communities, 55+ communities, or retirement villages.
Independent Living Communities Amenities
Independent living communities offer a wide range of amenities that help to make the stay there more convenient and comfortable. These include on-site barbershops and salons, swimming pools, gyms, and more. Perhaps one of the most notable amenities is the cafeteria-like dining option which allows residents to buy particular types of meals each day or month. This way, residents in these communities are able to alternate their own food preparation with the offerings at the community dining room.
Why Should You Consider Independent Living?
Independent living, unlike other senior housing options such as nursing home or assisted living communities, aren’t a form of long-term “care.” Consequently, a senior’s decision to move into an independent living community is rarely based on medical necessity. The reasons for one moving into an independent living community can vary significantly from the reasons why one moves into a nursing home.
Is Independent Living Right for You?
Given that you are currently sitting on the idea of moving into an independent living community, you’ve most likely already done some research and learned about the various benefits these communities have to offer. There are many aspects of independent living that make it seem like the best senior housing option, from the level of freedom, convenience, to the social life. But first, before you start shopping around for a community to call your new home, there are some important questions that you need to ask yourself to determine whether independent living is a good fit for you.
i) Am I healthy enough for independent living? You need to give your current state of health some serious consideration if you are going to make a major lifestyle switch such as moving into an independent senior living community.
ii) Where is the independent living community located? Another important thing to think about is whether the independent living community is located within easy driving distance of family and friends. Even though retirement communities offer a great opportunity for making new friends and reviving your social life, the last thing you want is to abandon your existing support system. Doing so can significantly increase your risk of suffering depression and mental decline.
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