Life is full of transitions and next chapters. Children grow up and start jobs or go to college. They get married, have kids of their own and may move. Transitions almost always offer new opportunities, but they can also be scary. That may be why many seniors are reluctant to transition from their current living arrangement into an independent living community. Just as you might have felt homesick your first night of college or anxious about getting married, it’s normal to be unsure about the next page of your life story. For many seniors, independent living offers a bridge to a vibrant community; new friendships; and many more years of learning, giving back to the community and connecting to others.
Independent living preserves a senior's independence while placing them in a community of like-minded people. It balances the many competing needs of today’s seniors by offering:
A ready-made community that doesn’t intrude on privacy.
Help when a senior needs it, without compromising independence.
An end to the frustrations and costs of home maintenance, without an end to independence.
Access to transportation, classes, meals, and other amenities just outside your door.
Retirement is probably the first time in your life that you haven’t been saddled with seemingly endless responsibilities. That doesn’t mean retirement is obligation-free. The demands of keeping your home in order, nurturing relationships with your children and grandchildren, and sustaining lasting friendships can feel like a full-time job. Independent living may offer a solution to the competing demands of the next chapter of your life. You can settle into restful bliss, schedule an active social calendar, or master new skills without the demands of tending a yard, maintaining a home, and worrying about transportation.
An overwhelming majority of seniors say they want to remain independent as long as possible. But for many, remaining at home is actually a barrier to independence. A house can become a financial burden, a source of endless work, and even a barrier to socialization and learning—particularly if you no longer drive, or prefer not to drive at night.
Every new experience can be scary, and aging is no exception. But seniors are living longer, happier, more productive lives than ever. Nearly seventy percent of seniors say that the past year of their lives has been normal or better than normal. Most want to remain active members of their communities and trusted confidants to their families. Though most seniors say they want to live at home, just 43 percent of seniors over 70 find living at home easy.
Are you considering moving into an independent senior living community but are on the fence if it is worth it in the long run? After all, you are living independently in your current home and wonder if a move is really worth the hassle. Each independent living community is unique, but in the end, the independent living lifestyle is definitely worth the investment and relocation.
After years of living in a beloved home, making the decision to downsize can be emotionally difficult to say the least, but once a senior is ready to relocate, there’s yet one other crucial choice to make—namely, where to go. Although there are various housing options, two of the most popular ones for older adults are independent living and assisted living communities.
So what are the difference and how can you understand them?