“Independent” is in the name so it makes sense that if you’re looking for a place to live that will help you maintain your autonomy, an independent living community could be the perfect fit.
Remaining in control ranks at #1 or very near the top in “must-haves” for a great retirement life.
If you are beginning to consider what type of retirement living environment could best support your desired lifestyle, you may want to take a look at all that an independent living community has to offer.
If you’re not all that familiar with how senior living community life can champion your efforts to live an enriched and independent life, consider these benefits:
For most people, their desired lifestyle begins at home. This represents a safe haven from the world and is a reflection of how they want to live.
The right independent living community doesn’t mean you will need to sacrifice having your own beautiful space. You’ll also find many choices – in home styles, floor plans, sizes and layouts. You’ll want a community that offers you the opportunity to personalize your home as yours.
Another big plus is that your new home is designed to support aging-in-place. Like the majority of houses in the U.S., your old home may not have been. Instead, it might require extensive and expensive renovations.
Another priority is having options in how to spend your days, when and what you’ll eat or which activities to participate in. At an independent living community, those choices are all yours to make.
Will you join a group of friends for a fun aerobics class and then lunch – or is today the perfect time to sit outside and dive into your new book? All personality types are catered to. You can be as active as you choose or spend time taking a long walk or in the art studio. It’s all up to you.
Maintaining your independence is all about choices. And one of the most popular options that independent living offers is when it comes to the healthy and delicious dining offered.
Your private home will have a full-sized kitchen of course, so you’ll be free to plan and prepare your meals. But what about the times when you just don’t feel like cooking?
After years of shopping, cooking and cleaning up, it’s not surprising that many residents choose to take advantage of the on-site dining. You’ll discover chef-prepared meals that are not only nutritious but tasty as well.
At independent living, you’ll soon discover that there are always more choices to make. When it comes to staying active, it’s never been easier. Most communities offer a monthly calendar of planned events. With so many options, you will likely find more than a few that pique your interest. In fact, the most difficult part may be narrowing down your selections.
Staying active is great for your physical and cognitive health and it’s never easier than when someone else has taken on the responsibility of planning. You’ll enjoy participating in community social events as well as special opportunities offered off-site with the transportation provided.
As we grow older, we may find that friends move away or we may not be living close to our family. It can also become a little more difficult to meet new people. Yet having strong social relationships is critical to both our physical and emotional well-being – which in turn contributes to our independence.
Another great benefit of an independent living community is how easy and naturally it is to make new friendships. You’ll soon find yourself meeting your neighbors and other residents and discovering how much you have in common. With all of the activities and social events available, it won’t be long before you’re forming new lifelong friendships.
One of the best steps you can take to maintain your independence is to take care of both your physical and cognitive health. You won’t find a shortage of opportunities to do just that at an independent living community.
Moments from your front door, you’ll find the convenience of a fitness center where there may be equipment, instructional classes and the opportunity to create and maintain a regular exercise routine.
And when it comes to your cognitive health, you’ll find everything you need to keep that in shape as well. Stimulating games, conversations, artistic endeavors and social interactions are known benefits to the brain.
The above advantages of community life can help you maintain your independence, but you’ll be happy to know there are even more benefits included. Consider these:
We understand the priority of remaining independent and have designed our community, services and programs to support all efforts to age well while living an enriched and independent life.
If you’re considering an independent living community, we hope you’ll visit Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge Independent Living community. Take a look at all the benefits we offer:
Please visit our website for more information or call (703) 420-7105 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.