Unlike in decades past, becoming a senior is something to be celebrated! Moving into senior housing is a step many retirees take, but how do you know if you’re ready? Keep reading — we’re here to tell you what to expect when you live in an independent living community and help you decide if it’ll suit you.
Home & Yard Maintenance Aren’t Your Problem Anymore
Even if you’re still quite healthy and mobile, there comes a time when you’ll likely be too tired to keep up your home and yard. Vacuuming, window cleaning, mowing the lawn, floor mopping, and tub scrubbing become tedious — not to mention the toll cleaning takes on your body.
When you live in an independent living community, you don’t have to worry about home or yard maintenance! Housekeeping of your suite is included, and building and ground maintenance is all taken care of. Simply sit back and relax in your clean suite, common areas, or beautiful grounds.
Meals Are Prepared for You
Even cooking can become a chore after doing it for a while. Standing in front of a hot stove and making sure you have enough groceries in your kitchen gets tiresome.
Most if not all meals are included when you live in independent living! You’ll find a wide variety of healthy, tasty meals prepared for you and suited to your dietary lifestyle. Of course, you can still have the option of keeping a stock of provided groceries in your kitchen if you feel like preparing a small meal in your private suite. So if you prefer to prepare and eat the occasional meal by yourself or bake for/with grandchildren — you can!
You’ll Have a Wide Range of Activities Nearby
Imagine doing all this without leaving your building:
- Going on a tea date with a few friends,
- Being creative at various art classes,
- Exercising and stretching with others at your level in a safe environment,
- Playing games with a lively group in the common area, and
- Learning new things via videos or guest speakers.
All this — and more — are available to you within independent living residences.
Your Transportation Issues Disappear
Driving around has become a lot more difficult in the last decade. Traffic, speed, gas prices, and road changes are just a few things making it more difficult. Add to this the fact that your reflexes may be slowing down can make driving a stressful event. Or perhaps you don’t drive and rely on friends and family for rides or take the crowded bus.
Independent living communities have their own bus services that are more than happy to take you to all your appointments and do all your shopping and other errands. These buses are also used to taking all the residents out on various adventures, like sightseeing, beach visits, and trips to local events.
Your Social Life Will Soar
We inevitably lose friends as we age for myriad reasons, so our social life may not be what it used to be.
When you live in independent living, you’re surrounded by your peers — people in the same health and living situation as you. It feels great to have quiet chats over coffee, play games, or go on adventures with like-minded people. Of course, you do have your own private suite if you like to relax at the end of a busy day or rainy Sunday by yourself with a good book.
At Trillium Communities, we know you have unique concerns and needs. We’re committed to working one-on-one with you to ensure you get exactly what you need from independent living. We invite you to join us for a meal and/or tour any or all our luxurious boutique living communities. Please stop by or contact us today.