Is an Independent Living Community the Right Choice for You?

Are you ready to remove the hassle of lawn care, home maintenance, and daily chores? If your answer is yes, it may be time to consider moving into an independent living community. An independent living community can be a new home that offers much-needed freedom and plenty of social activities while eliminating the burden of everyday tasks. You’re not alone. It’s not an uncommon feeling, meaning it may be time to consider an independent living community

If you’re interested in making the move or touring a New Perspective independent living community, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to discuss details. You’ll learn about the various amenities, activities, and facilities offered by independent living communities, and make the best decision for you so you can enjoy retirement in full.

Understanding Independent vs. Assisted Living

If you think moving is for you, it’s important to understand the difference between independent vs. assisted living. Both communities are living areas for residents over the age of 55. However, residents living in an independent living community must take care of themselves while enjoying the offered amenities and activities like community dining. Like assisted living, you’ll have your own apartment where you can prepare your own meals, or if you feel like interacting with your neighbors, you can join them in the dining room at mealtimes. 

You’ll live in your own space in an assisted living community, but have access to meal preparation services and other forms of assistance. Residents in assisted living communities also have access to an assortment of enjoyable amenities and activities. Amenities in independent and assisted living communities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creative spaces
  • Housekeeping services 
  • Libraries and game rooms
  • Dining halls
  • Housing choices

When deciding which community would be best for you, it’s important to consider your current living situation and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can you take care of yourself?
  • Do you feel safe in your home?
  • Do you have companionship in your neighborhood?
  • Can you drive safely?
  • Do you have information about independent living communities?
  • What is the condition of your home?

When is it Time for an Independent Living Community?

There are many reasons you may be considering whether it’s time to move into an independent living community. Below are seven scenarios that may influence your decision to move into an independent living community – you’re not alone. 

Offload Housework

Owning a home is expensive, and you’re likely familiar with the required care to keep it looking tip-top. Lawns need to be mowed, driveways and sidewalks need to be shoveled, and repairs need to be made. Independent living communities take care of those chores, so you can enjoy your retired life spending time with neighbors, participating in fun activities, and utilizing remarkable amenities.

After a lifetime of taking care of a home and yard, wanting to spend your time enjoying life isn’t uncommon and an independent living community gives you that flexibility and more. Rather than spending time taking care of your home, you can participate in art or music classes, read your favorite book, or exercise in the clubhouse. Clearing your gutters, fixing the roof, or cleaning the pool will no longer be on your to-do list.

Find Companionship

Independent living communities offer scheduled activities with friendly neighbors, so you can spend time socializing and building your friend group with like-minded people. Socializing is critical to your health, but you’ll also have the flexibility to stay home when needed. 

Live With Your Peers

It’s not uncommon for young families to move into neighborhoods to be close to other families. Eventually, you may outgrow this stage and that’s okay! Young families are enjoyable to be around, but independent living communities give you the opportunity to live in a location where you’re surrounded with neighbors that are in the same stage of life as you.

Accessible Transportation

Whether you live in a bigger city or a small town, driving eventually becomes a task. When it comes to driving, independent living communities are a stress-free environment that provides the best of both worlds. Not only will you be able to keep your car to visit family and friends, but you’ll also have access to transportation and scheduled trips to grocery stores, doctor’s offices, shopping centers, and more. 

Uphold Your Independence

You’ll have your own home and independence, but you’ll share the pool, community center, and other amenities with like-minded neighbors. Make sure to find an independent living community that offers amenities and activities that you enjoy. Caretakers will take care of all the pesky chores like mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, and house repairs – all while you enjoy life after retirement. You will still have full control over personal care, meals, and finances.

Moving Is Affordable

Independent living communities allow you to sell your current home, and invest in a condo, apartment, or house in the neighborhood. While you’ll be responsible for monthly all-inclusive association fees, these communities are incredibly affordable in comparison to home ownership. While remaining in your current home is appealing, why not choose an affordable solution that offers you enjoyable amenities, activities, and friendly neighbors so you can enjoy your retirement to the fullest?

Make the Move Today

You’ve likely moved at some point in your life, meaning you already have the experience under your belt. We assure you, the process of moving into an independent living community is seamless. You’ll have the opportunity to downsize your belongings, sell your home, and move into a new, appealing space that you can make your own. Learn more about the independent living options we offer at New Perspective and find a community near your family and friends.