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5 Ways Independent Living Can Improve Retirement

Retirement is supposed to be a time of less responsibility and more fun, right? While it may be true that you’re free from the responsibilities of the workplace now, chances are you still have plenty to take care of at home. While some prefer to putter around the home fixing odds and ends, others look at this as a task they would prefer not to have. What if there is a way to free yourself from those burdens, and make sure retirement wasn’t only about home maintenance and upkeep? Turns out there is and it’s known as independent living. Here’s how it can help you truly make the most of retirement.

What is Independent Living?

Independent living is a type of senior living that is specifically designed for retirees who can still live independently, but would benefit from a maintenance-free lifestyle that provides more time to be active, social and enjoy your passions. Consider these questions to see if independent living might be a good fit.

Benefits of Independent Living in Retirement

If you’ve answered mostly ‘yes’ to these questions, then independent living very well could offer more ways to make the most of retirement than you currently have at home such as:

  1. More Freedom – In independent living, home maintenance, weekly housekeeping and linens, as well as restaurant-style dining and transportation are provided for you, removing those responsibilities from your shoulders.
  2. More Connection – It’s so much easier to stay connected with your peers when in independent living because there is a full calendar of activities, clubs and outings from which to choose including religious services on site. Not to mention plenty of common areas in which to socialize and/or host family and friends.
  3. Renewed Purpose – At home, it can be hard to find purpose in retirement, but in independent living, there is a range of options to keep you engaged through educational and enrichment programs as well as opportunities to volunteer, continue hobbies and find new pursuits.
  4. Convenience – This is a key to independent living with amenities that include spacious apartments, beautifully landscaped grounds, fitness center, salon/barbershop, library, pub and movie theater. Even small pets are welcome.
  5. Peace of mind As independent living is a type of senior living, often communities have assisted living and/or memory care on the same campus should your health needs evolve over time. This makes for an easier transition since you’ll be able to remain in familiar surroundings and maintain continuity in care.  Plus, communities are designed with accessibility features as well as emergency response systems for added peace of mind.

Check out our How to Fund Senior Housing and Care Guide to learn more. Or, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!