A common misconception about senior living options is that moving to a community is only for those older adults who are sick, inactive, or unable to care for themselves. But the truth is right there in the name — Independent Living. So what is Independent Living? It’s a type of senior living community that is specifically designed to simplify life for older adults by removing the hassle of unwanted chores— such as cooking, cleaning and even driving — and instead making it easier for friends to connect and enhance their quality of life. So in reality, Independent Living communities actually make it so older adults can enjoy their lives with more freedom and independence.
Since every community offers something different, how do you know what to look for when researching Independent Living? Start by assessing your own needs and wants for the future, with questions such as:
· Does this community provide for future health care?
· What types of activities and events are offered for residents?
· What inconveniences will be removed from my daily life?
· How does this community enhance my lifestyle?
· Will I still have room for all the things that are important to me?
For more information to help you explore your living options, consider the answers to these common questions below.
What is the difference between Independent Living and Assisted Living?
While both types of living options are designed to offer seniors more convenience and freedom in their daily lives, assisted living provides more personalized care for older adults who need assistance with the activities of daily living — things like doing laundry, running errands, managing medication, or even bathing/dressing.
Another common misconception is that there’s no difference between Assisted Living and a nursing home. But really, Assisted Living is there to help people stay as independent as possible, for as long as possible. This is why many independent adult living communities offer assisted living on-site, so even if additional care is needed, residents don’t have to move.
How will I know when it’s time to consider an Independent Living community?
Most people don’t want to think about making a move until a health crisis forces them to change their living situation. But exploring Independent Living while you’re healthy is always the smart choice. In fact, once you understand that Independent Living is about enhancing your lifestyle, rather than just providing care when you’re sick, you may wonder why you waited so long.
Consider these benefits of Independent Living (just to name a few):
· Life is so much easier. Imagine how enjoyable each day can be without worrying about taking care of a yard, planning meals, or cleaning a big house.
· There’s always something to do. Whether it’s a class, event, or simply a group of people meeting about a shared interest, you’ll never be bored with so much happening right outside your door.
· You have more freedom. Now you have the time to focus on your favorite hobbies, or try something completely new. With convenient access to so many services and amenities, not to mention friends to enjoy them with, the choice is yours.
· There’s more quality time. Knowing you have a plan in place for the future helps you and your loved ones enjoy time together without anxiety, frustration or fear.
· You can feel more secure. Many Independent Living communities have on-site health care for changing needs, so you’ll never have to make another move. Also, there’s always trained staff, as well as neighbors, nearby in case of an emergency. And that’s real peace of mind.
The sooner you make a plan for the future (no matter what it is), the sooner you can start enjoying life the way you’ve always wanted.
What is the cost of Independent Living?
The cost of an Independent Living community can vary, depending on where you live, and what type of residence you choose. For example, the price of a maintenance-free community will be more than a basic senior apartment — but it’s also all-inclusive, meaning you’ll have services and amenities such as dining, housekeeping, home repairs, and outdoor maintenance provided as part of your monthly fee. And when you consider the cost of maintaining a larger home you no longer need, you may discover one of the greatest advantages of Independent Living is how much time and money you save!
Part of the cost of Independent Living may also include a monthly fee to provide for future care, depending on the community. To learn more about the difference in costs by geographic area and care needs, see the Genworth Cost of Care Survey tool.
Discover what senior Independent Living is all about.
While there are options to suit every need and preference, the information can be overwhelming. That’s why the best way to discover if a community is right for you or a loved one is to see it for yourself. Eagle Senior Living offers Independent Living communities throughout the nation. To find a location near you, and learn more about our approach to Independent Living for active seniors, contact us today.