Independent Living: Cost vs. Value
Financial guru Warren Buffet once said, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” When you add up all the benefits that come with the services and amenities of the right retirement lifestyle, you will see that independent living’s value can greatly enhance this exciting chapter of your life.
Independent living’s value: more than numbers
In independent living, residents pay a monthly service fee which covers the use of their apartment, as well as use of the grounds and an array of common areas and amenities. This can include a fitness center, library, outdoor patios, gardens and walking paths, game rooms, and so on. In addition, services such as housekeeping, transportation, maintenance, security, and high-speed internet are covered by this fee as well.
The amount of the monthly service fee can vary depending upon the community and its geographic location. But remember that retirement living is about more than dollars and cents…it is about your comfort, your independence, and your ability to live well and live better.
What makes independent living value so extraordinary?
Good friends right outside your door
You can’t really put a price on how it feels to be around people you really enjoy. Now imagine having that choice as often as you like, without having to drive anywhere. Easy socializing is a major part of independent living’s value. Good companionship benefits your mental, emotional and physical health. It makes you smile more. It puts a spring in your step. Priceless!
Going to museums, galleries, grocery stores, events and more—without driving
Staying connected with the world around you is vital for healthy aging. You don’t want to give up seeing the latest art exhibition, or picking out your own tomatoes at the grocer, or attending the opening of a show because you don’t like the idea of driving at night or in bad weather. And with independent living, you don’t have to—we take the wheel and drive you where you want to go.
It’s more than not having to pay to maintain a vehicle. It’s the value of being able to reconnect with everything you love, without putting yourself through the hassle of driving.
Feeling secure 24 hours a day
Here’s where independent living really shines. At home, a security system can be expensive to install and a headache to monitor. Even if an alarm goes off, you might not know what to do or even want to deal with it.
Now imagine living in a secure environment with someone available 24/7 if you need assistance. Knowing that a stranger can’t just happen by and ring your doorbell at midnight. Feeling safe and secure in your environment is an aspect of independent living’s value that pays off every minute of the day.
More time to just enjoy life
Time is a precious thing, especially when you feel like it’s all being spent on scheduling repairs, coordinating lawn care, worrying over appliances, and all the other time-consuming tasks of living at home. Not only are you paying for all these services out of your pocket, you’re giving up time. Move to independent living, and get all that time back, and then some!
Instead of chores, get your hair done. Video chat with your grandson. Enjoy lunch with friends. Play golf. Or just while away the afternoon with a good book. Retirement should be your time to do with as you please—an independent living value you will cherish.
An exceptional dining experience
Having to cook all your meals, keeping the pantry full, or even dining out every evening can be quite costly, not to mention exhausting at times. If you’ve ever just wished a wonderfully prepared meal was waiting for you, just steps away, you will truly embrace the independent living value of outstanding dining.
Instead of worrying over the details, all you have to do is choose your on-site venue, dine with friends and enjoy pleasant conversation, or take something casual to your apartment and watch your favorite show. Food is carefully prepared by a trained culinary staff with the nutrition you need, as well as the flavors you desire. Dining should be pleasant—in independent living, it can be again!
All this and more is yours at Avalon Park
Not only will you find a stimulating and welcoming independent living environment that inspires you to enjoy life as never before, you also get the added bonus of peace of mind.
At Avalon Park, should your needs change, you’ll have access to an on-site supportive health services provider who can coordinate and deliver supplemental care services, right in the comfort of your home. We call it supported autonomy. It’s just one of the ways we help you live well and live better.