Independent living communities are designed with active seniors in mind. Of course, it’s important to choose the right community for your needs and preferences. Let’s take a look at how to find the best independent community for you.
Independent Living vs. Assisted Living
First, it’s important to decide if independent living is right for you. Independent living communities are designed with amenities that seniors enjoy. They provide a community of peers, which can reduce feelings of loneliness.
Assisted living facilities are for seniors who need help with daily tasks, due to a physical or mental issue. Seniors will have a private or semi-private living area.
The staff is on call to help with daily activities, including grooming, housekeeping, meals, and transportation.
Many assisted living facilities offer on-site medical care as well. This can reduce the number of doctor visits that are needed and provides urgent care for seniors.
Consider the Location
When deciding on an independent living community, location is the first thing you should think about.
You may want a community in a particular neighborhood or city. Do you want to be near loved ones? Is public transportation important to you? Do you want to be nearby shopping areas and restaurants?
Choose the Type of Housing You Want
Senior independent living communities offer a few different types of housing. You can choose an apartment, condo, duplex, townhouse, or single-family home.
This will help you narrow down your list of possible communities.
Look at Amenities
Once you’ve decided on your location and the type of housing you want, it’s time to consider the amenities you want in a community. Independent living communities may offer swimming pools, golf courses, and fitness centers. They may also offer walking or biking trails.
Other features can include laundry, groundskeeping, housekeeping services, restaurants, and social activities. Most also have security guards to help keep you safe.
You can make a list of amenities and use this as a guide to narrow down your choices.
Tour the Community
Before you decide on a community, you should spend some time there. Do you feel welcome? Can you picture yourself living here?
It’s best to visit at least two or three communities. This allows you to decide which one is best for you.
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