Independent living communities offer an excellent solution for seniors looking to avoid the burden of home maintenance and enjoy more social engagement. They also give you a sense of security by providing a full continuum of care, so you can move into assisted living or memory care later on if your needs change.

What to Expect

The prospect of a move can be nerve-wracking for seniors. But a new lifestyle offers many advantages, especially regarding cost.

A significant perk of independent living is the built-in social network of neighbors and friends. This helps stave off loneliness and isolation, which studies have shown increases health risks for seniors.

Another plus is transportation, which takes the hassle out of navigating an unfamiliar neighborhood or passing up invitations to visit family and friends due to the difficulty of getting around.

Some communities even offer a shuttle service to make it easier for residents to get out and socialize. Then there are the amenities, such as resort-style dining and concierge services, that can help seniors enjoy life to the fullest.

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The Community

Independent living, also known as retirement living, appeals to seniors who no longer want to care for an entire home and prefer a built-in support system. If they don’t like driving, they often enjoy social activities, easy-to-manage homes, and transportation options to nearby towns and restaurants.

Communities like Spring Creek Chalet usually offer resort-style dining options for residents and typically provide housekeeping services, fitness classes, continuing education opportunities, transportation assistance, and other essential and non-essential amenities. Most of these communities are designed to accommodate seniors and have age rules to ensure all residents are over 55.

This is important to consider when exploring a community and determining whether it could be an option for your loved one. The cost of independent living varies widely, but most include rent, maintenance, and services in the monthly price tag.

The Home

Independent living is an excellent option for self-reliant people who don’t need regular access to medical staff.

The home options vary but typically include spacious apartments with kitchens and bathrooms that make it easy to move around. Many independent living communities also provide services like housekeeping and laundry, so you don’t have to worry about maintenance or chores.

When visiting potential independent living communities, talk to residents. Ask how they feel about their lifestyle and the community and whether the amenities meet their needs.

The Staff

When you and your loved one tour independent living communities, ask the staff plenty of questions. Be sure to find out if they offer transportation services, how far the community will go for trips, and whether it is included in monthly fees.

Additionally, you should find out if the community offers ongoing professional training for their staff members. This will give you a sense of their commitment to excellence in senior care and whether you can trust that the staff will be able to meet your loved ones’ needs.

The Amenities

You or your loved one can enjoy community amenities like dining, organized entertainment, and physical wellness activities. Ask the independent living communities you’re considering what services they offer.

For example, if your loved ones are concerned about driving becoming too challenging, ask what transportation options they have. Many independent living communities offer shuttle services for those visiting the grocery store or friends.

Also, consider what kind of neighborhood the community is in. Some senior residents prefer suburban neighborhoods, while others prefer rural areas with easy fishing or nature walk access. Some even have private backyards to maintain their love of gardening.

Also, consider the community’s amenities, such as a swimming pool, fitness center, and group exercise classes. Some places even have fishing ponds, saunas, and dedicated walking trails provided they have enough property.

This post was made possible by the Montrose Chamber of Commerce.


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