When is the Best Time to Consider an Independent Living Community?

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Are you retired and considering all the possibilities that could support the type of lifestyle you’ve long dreamed of?

You might have been looking forward to when you would have more free time to spend as you like, to trade in the never-ending responsibilities of home ownership, to travel, or to have the chance to make more friends.

If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider life in an Independent Living Community – the one place that can offer you all of the advantages of an active and fulfilled lifestyle.

The benefits of an Independent Living Community

If you’re not familiar with all the rewards you’ll find, take a look at these:

  1. Private residence
    You won’t be sacrificing your privacy when you move into an Independent Living Community. You’ll have your own residence to personalize and make your home.
  2. Independent lifestyle
    You will still be making all of your own decisions as well, including how you want to spend your days.
  3. Monthly activities
    You’ll find a monthly calendar of activities for you to select from. But remember the choices are always yours to make, including staying in with a good book if you prefer.
  4. Chances to meet and make new friends
    It’s almost guaranteed you’ll make new friends once you move into your new home with all of the opportunities you’ll find to cross paths.
  5. Delicious and nutritious dining options
    Communities offer different dining choices for you, even if only on the days when you just don’t feel like cooking. Some offer different styles, such as more formal dining or cafes.
  6. Options to keep your body and mind fit
    When it comes to keeping in shape both physically and emotionally, you’ll love independent living. Most communities will have fitness centers, games, lectures and entertainment.
  7. Maintenance-free living
    Tired of all the responsibilities of homeownership, including upkeep? You’ve come to the right place because Independent Living takes care of all the maintenance.
  8. Scheduled transportation
    Are you ready to stop driving or at least would like to drive less? You can enjoy the scheduled transportation offered in the community.

When to consider an Independent Living Community

If you know you want to take advantage of all that an Independent Living Community has to offer, you may wonder when would be the right time.

The answer? Don’t wait.

There are so many benefits that you won’t want to miss out on any of them.

The sooner you move, the quicker you can begin experiencing the community. And the easier and more fulfilling your life will become.  

There may also be circumstances that occur in your life that a move to an Independent Living Community could help with. Consider these situations: 

  1. If you find yourself becoming isolated or lonely
    Depending on where you live, your health, or your situation, you may find yourself feeling isolated from others as you grow older. Not only can this rob you from some of the greater pleasures in life, but it is also detrimental to your health. Moving into an Independent Living Community erases all of that. You’ll find yourself with lots of opportunities to meet others and share activities.
  2. If your home is too large or isn’t age-friendly
    Another situation that may make it the perfect time to move is when you realize you’re maintaining more space in your home than you use. You might also discover that your home needs renovations in order to make it work for aging-in-place.If you move into an Independent Living Community, you’ll have no worries there. They were designed for you with zero steps or elevators to use, wide halls and doorways and other accessible features.
  3. If you’d like healthy choices when it comes to dining options
    After years of planning, shopping for ingredients and preparing meals, it’s understandable if you’re just a little tired. Would you like a break and let someone else take care of the cooking – including the cleaning up? Independent Living does just that. Many apartments feature kitchenettes, but most residents take advantage of the nutritious and delicious chef-prepared choices in the community.
  4. If it’s becoming harder to participate in activities
    Are you finding it more difficult to attend all the social events or activities that you once did? Maybe it’s harder to coordinate or arrange. Or you might not have a partner or friend to join you.Life in a community not only provides a wide range of activities with others but they’re all offered on-site. And if there are planned events elsewhere, transportation is usually provided.
  5. If you’re no longer driving or want to drive less
    As you grow older, you may be tiring of driving in traffic or searching for parking. There’s also the expense of car ownership to consider, including gas, maintenance, repairs and insurance.At an Independent Living Community, you’ll discover that scheduled transportation is offered. So you can hang up the keys and still go to medical appointments, shopping and entertainment events.

Discover life at a Northbridge Community

We understand the question of when is it best to move into an Independent Living Community, but can assure you that it’s never too early to join our other residents and enjoy a maintenance-free, activity-filled and engaging lifestyle.

If you move into any of our Northbridge Senior Living communities, you’ll discover the many benefits, including our Signature Programs, such as our S.T.A.R. Club (Sharp Thinking, Active Residents) – which offers our residents several activities to participate in with others, including:

  • Daily exercise group
  • Walking club
  • Tai Chi & yoga
  • Nutritional classes
  • Library and book club
  • Museum outings
  • Artists in residence program
  • Multi-generational music
  • Genealogy Generations 

We hope you’ll visit one of our communities if you’re considering senior living to support your wellness goals.

We’re here to answer any of your questions about our senior living communities. If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, we also invite you to download our complimentary guide, the Family Decision Toolkit 

Family Decision Toolkit

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