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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

5 top reasons retirees move into independent living

Are you considering whether to stay in your home after retirement? Or have you entertained the idea of moving to an independent living community? For those who ultimately decide to make the change, it’s usually about the desired lifestyle as much as it is about where they’ll live.

Why? Because these communities can offer much more than just a home with no stairs. If your impression of senior or independent living is from the past, you might want to take a fresh look at the freedom and way of life that could be yours.

Why move into senior living?

Once you see the advantages and benefits, it’s easy to understand the decision to leave behind the headaches of home ownership. If a fully engaged life is what you’re looking for, an independent living community can make it all happen.

Although there can be many explanations for this choice, here are some of the top reasons that often influence retirees to make the move:

1. Safety and security

Safety is important no matter what our age but as we grow older it typically becomes higher on the list. We may become more aware of whether we’re safe in our home as we might feel less secure than we once did. And we often worry about what we would do if we live alone and ever needed help.

Independent Living: A great advantage of independent living is that you get to experience the best of both worlds - your own home and privacy when you desire but also knowing that you’re never truly alone if you need help. Consider these security features:

  • 24/7 secured community

  • Emergency alert devices often offered in every home

  • Around-the-clock access to staff if help is ever needed

2. Maintenance and upkeep

Homeownership can be part of the American Dream, but it comes at a price. Both financially and with your time. Houses need continual care. Even if you don’t do the maintenance yourself, you’re out the cost and hassle of hiring someone else to do it.

Independent Living: Often listed as one of the top reasons why people choose to move is that they want freedom from household chores. Just think of the time you’ll have for yourself when you live maintenance-free:

  • Exterior painting and roof repairs are a thing of the past

  • Give away your lawn mower and snow shovel because you won’t need them anymore

  • If anything goes wrong inside your home, all you need to do is make a phone call

  • Time once reserved for taking care of your home is now yours to spend how you wish

3. Your social life

Research shows that remaining active and engaged can greatly impact physical and mental health. Unfortunately, when we need this the most, it can often become harder to find. As we grow older, we may have lost some of our friends and family or may find it more difficult to get to activities or events.

Independent Living: One look at a community and you’ll discover they offer everything you need to stay connected. And all you have to do is walk out your front door to find it. Imagine a typical day:

  • Taking a warm swim or water aerobics class in the heated indoor pool

  • Signing up for a tai chi or yoga class or getting back into an exercise routine in the fitness center

  • Checking out the monthly social calendar and choosing the activities you enjoy the most

  • No longer worrying about driving in traffic or parking as you take advantage of scheduled transportation to special events, medical appointments or shopping

4. Freedom of leaving home

When it’s time to visit the grandkids scattered across the country or taking that long-awaited trip to Europe, leaving your home is a common worry for many retirees. Broken water pipes, power outages or someone breaking in are only a few. And if you’re preoccupied with your house back home, you won’t enjoy yourself as much while you’re away.

Independent Living: Once you move into your community, you’ll be surprised at how quickly and easily you can let go of all those worries. Often referred to as a lock-and-leave lifestyle, you’ll enjoy knowing:

  • Someone else is keeping an eye on things while you’re gone so no surprises

  • Your community and home is secured

  • If there is a problem that would require your attention, you’ll be notified. Otherwise, keep your mind free of worry

5. Dining options

After years of planning meals for your family, including shopping, preparing and of course the cleanup, many people have decided they’re ready to let someone else do the cooking - at least some of the time.

Independent Living: You’ll have choices, such as having a kitchen for when you’re in the mood to cook but also dining options when you’re not. Look for communities that offer:

  • Choices in dining atmosphere from more formal to casual fare

  • Chef-prepared meals so you’ll have nutritious and delicious offerings

  • The right foods to provide energy to maintain your physical and cognitive health, as well as those which might impact or slow down the effects of dementia

  • Special dietary needs? No worries when you live in an independent living community because they can handle special requests while making them taste delicious too

Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge Independent Living community

We designed our independent living communities with you - and these 5 top reasons in mind. Actually, we didn’t stop there. Our goal is to make sure nothing stands in your way to embracing your new lifestyle.

With our beautiful and spacious home choices and first-rate amenities, we think you’ll find everything you need. Not only will you thrive in our historic and forested neighborhood, but you’ll also have easy access to all that Washington D.C. has to offer, only a few miles away. 

Call (703)794-4631 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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