Is it Time to Consider Independent Senior Living?

You’re retired now and wondering what lies next. The possibilities are many – you can continue living in your home, do that trip to the far corner of the world that has always fascinated you, spend more time with the grandkids, or simply enjoy a relaxing life with your better half.

In a few years from now, you may think differently. The future may seem a little more intimidating. You may be longing for a better life than what you can currently afford. Or you may just want something different after living in the same residence for decades.

If you’re in good physical and mental health, making the move to an independent living community can revitalize your life in more than one way. Ask yourself these questions to determine if the time has come to consider this senior living option.

Do I worry frequently about my future health?

Physical and mental decline comes naturally with an advancement in age. You may not be in peak health, feel tired more often, and wish to relax for longer. In a senior living community, you still lead an independent and active life. But there’s staff to do your laundry and housekeeping. On days you don’t feel like cooking, you can have a meal at the facility’s on-site restaurant or dining hall.

You can gradually, as needed, transition to an assisted living or a memory care neighborhood.

Do I wish I had more opportunities to socialize?

If your spouse has passed on and your children don’t live near you, you may yearn for companionship and intimacy.

Not a very social person? Isolation can adversely affect your health. Watch out for signs of loneliness and isolation – weight gain, frequent bouts of depression or anxiety, headaches that aren’t linked to a medical condition, and a lack of motivation. Social support can improve health and increase longevity.

An independent living community can rejuvenate your social life, allowing the opportunity to meet new people and make friends. Meaningful human connections can enhance your quality of life and protect your physical as well as mental well-being.

Am I feeling burdened by the responsibilities that come with being a homeowner?

You may be finding it difficult to manage a few household chores or simply be tired of doing them alone. Commonly, older adults need assistance with tasks such as cleaning the floor, keeping the bathroom dry and clean, organizing high shelves and doing the laundry.

If you don’t pay attention to your home’s upkeep, the resulting unhygienic environment can cause allergies (dust mites), illnesses (contaminated surfaces) and stomach ailments (unwashed dishes).

Transitioning to an independent community eliminates the challenges, worries and hum-drum of home maintenance. You offload housekeeping to the community’s staff and enjoy a clean and hygienic living space.

Can I afford the costs of in-home care?

In 2019, the national average for homemaker services was $4,290. Typical homemaker services include laundry, light housekeeping, meal preparation and grocery shopping. For roughly the same monthly cost, you receive more services along with socialization opportunities at an independent living community.

Downsizing your home can save you money but also comes with trade-offs. Selling your home increases your savings and helps you more easily afford the costs of independent senior housing.

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    Mark
    Posted September 5, 2022 2:58 pm 0Likes

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