A question that retirees often consider when looking forward to this new stage in life is where they will want to live.
It’s not only about moving closer to the grandchildren or for warmer weather. It’s more of a lifestyle preference. You may be asking yourself if you want to remain in your current home or try out an independent living community?
Your answer will likely be based on the goals you have set for your life. If you want to remain active, stay in your best physical and cognitive shape and have healthy relationships and friends, community life might be the right choice.
A great place to start is by looking at a few of the advantages you’ll discover if you choose an independent living life.
Although there are many more benefits than 10, start by considering these if you’re ready to launch your enriched life:
You still want your own private home and that’s what you’ll find at an independent living community. It should not only reflect a great design with natural light, but also one that you can personalize to make your very own. You value your privacy and it will be no different there. No one will come knocking on your door except for your new-found friends.
You’re also not willing to compromise your independence. You will continue to make all of your own decisions on how you will spend your day. You may be someone who enjoys being active and busy or perhaps your preference is a little more on the quiet side. And you’ll find your home and the community has been designed to promote independence and aging-in-place.
Often at or near the top of the list of independent living benefits is the maintenance-free lifestyle that you’ll find. After years of homeownership responsibilities, it’s no surprise how many people look forward to letting someone else take care of all the household chores and upkeep. And it gets even better. You’ll discover hours of free time to fill with activities that you enjoy.
Independent living communities typically offer full-sized kitchens in all of their residences but that doesn’t mean you have to cook. You deserve a break and can take advantage of chef-prepared meals that are not only delicious but nutritious as well. It’s easy for you to decide to take the night off from the kitchen and enjoy a meal with friends.
You know how beneficial it is to get and stay in shape and it’s been made very easy to do once you move. You can walk out your door and find exercise equipment, classes and other activities that can keep you moving. Look for those options that will also give your brain a boost, such as playing Bridge, discussing the latest political news or reading a book.
The advantages of staying active extend to your health, quality of life and longevity. Again, it couldn’t be easier. Communities have designed their calendars with enough variety so that there is bound to be something for everyone. And it’s all waiting right outside your door within walking distance.
Relationships are also influential in the ability to age well but at an independent living community it is much easier to meet new people. With all of the activities and common areas, you’ll naturally find opportunities to get to know your neighbors and fellow residents. And you’ll soon discover how much you have in common.
Are you ready to have some fun? You’ll find plenty of possibilities as social events are a large part of community life. You may find dances, movies and entertainment only steps away from your home. Or often there are planned social events off-site. When that occurs, you’ll enjoy the planning and the provided transportation.
If you’ve been driving less and considering what alternatives you might have, another great benefit of an independent living community is that they often offer scheduled transportation. This means you don’t have to worry about missing out on any fun activities, shopping or making your medical appointments but you also don’t have to deal with the traffic or find parking.
Do you have any concerns about your safety and security in your current home? Another advantage of community life is knowing your safety is a priority and that you are never truly alone if help should ever be needed.
If you’ve ever wondered if an independent living community might be right for you, consider these 10 benefits. Ask yourself if this lifestyle might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
You’ll discover many opportunities to boost your physical and cognitive health at Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge Independent Living. Our community is designed to support you in aging well, including staying active, eating healthy and meeting and making great friends.
Take a look at what our vibrant community has to 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.