What to Expect in an Independent Living Community
It’s a common debate among older adults: retire in your home, or choose an independent living community? Right off the bat, you might think it’s wisest to stay right where you are, rather than take a chance on the unknown.
But once you know the many benefits (some you might not have considered) that come from choosing independent living, you might change your mind.
What does an independent living community offer that home doesn’t?
Here’s just a sampling:
Freedom from home maintenance, upkeep and chores
Unless you really enjoy being responsible for everything from your home’s roof to the furnace to the yard to housekeeping and more, you’re going to want to know more about life in an independent living community. Hint: you won’t have to do any of that!
Instead, a professional and attentive staff will be dedicated to making your life easier, handling all the upkeep, cleaning, maintenance and other pesky duties. That frees you to fill your days as you please.
Delicious, well-balanced meals, with no shopping, cooking or dishes
If you enjoy cooking and preparing a meal, you certainly can continue to do so in your independent living apartment. But the good news: you don’t have to do a thing. That’s because in an independent living community, you’ll most likely have a choice of dining venues where you can enjoy a wide array of exceptional fare. Casual grab n’ go when you’re on the run. More formal dining in a lovely setting, with the added bonus of lively conversation. Choices abound and your preferences are honored.
Not only is a pleasant dining experience a favorite amenity of an independent living community, it’s also essential to senior health. Missing meals or eating a poor diet can affect an older adult in many ways, from decreased energy and a weakened immune system to increased risk of depression and more.
Continuous health monitoring
Living at home, it can be easy to ignore symptoms or decide what seems like a common cold is nothing to worry about. But the truth is, subtle changes in health should never be ignored. In a senior living community, you are immersed in an atmosphere of wellness where the focus is on keeping you healthy and strong. An attentive staff keeps a watchful eye on residents and can quickly call attention to a situation that requires action.
Countless opportunities for companionship
Neighborhoods change and friends move. It can feel lonely when it seems like your close companions have drifted away. In an independent living community, building close connections—so vital for overall good health—is easy to do with other residents, friendly staff, and visiting families. You never feel like the “new” kid on the block. There are classes, parties, holiday events, volunteering opportunities, special group outings, movies, concerts, debates, games, and just about anything else you can imagine—or suggest!
Assistance in an emergency day or night
Unfortunately, living at home has its risks, especially for older adults who quite often face emergencies on their own. So whether it’s a branch falling on the roof, a flooded basement, no electricity or something as serious as a bad fall, help is not always immediately present.
As a resident of an independent living community, you have the reassurance of someone present 24/7 who can assist you, offering tremendous peace of mind year-round. Add that feeling of support to the fact you are living in an environment specifically designed for your safety and wellbeing, and you will probably find it much easier to get a good night’s sleep.
Everything you need to live well and live better
At Avalon Park independent living, you have access to an array of services and amenities to make things easy, comfortable and interesting. A choice of smartly designed floor plans is available, including a selection of plans outfitted to be ADA-compliant to help you maintain independence and age in place, even if you need a level of care provided in your residence (which can be arranged by a local health and home care provider located on our campus).
We call it supported autonomy, and it’s just another way Avalon Park makes life easier for you. Let us tell you more.