Could it be time for you or your loved one to move to a retirement community but the stigma in retirement communities makes you reconsider? It can be easy to form assumptions or beliefs about certain topics, especially when it comes to retirement communities. Many children feel guilty when suggesting their parents consider a move to an independent living community. The truth is modern retirement communities are helping seniors live a more independent and comfortable life.
Independent living communities provide a much-needed safe, carefree, and social space to those needing assistance as they age. Independent living communities are also a great option for seniors who are looking to downsize and simplify their lives. Moving your loved one into an independent living community is the best way to make sure your senior gets the most out of retirement years. With access to a wide range of amenities, activities, and services, your loved one can enjoy a safe and comfortable lifestyle.
Here are a few reasons why moving to an independent living community is the best decision for a senior adult:
1. More Independence
While it may seem counterintuitive, retirement communities allow residents to be as independent as ever. As some seniors may not be in the position to handle everyday tasks around the house as well as their personal maintenance, retirement communities preserve their independence. Independent living settings can make residents’ lives easier by handling and assisting with chores and maintenance allowing residents to socialize, relax, and simply enjoy their lives with little pressure. Downsizing makes navigation around one’s living space much easier and safer.
At the end of the day, the health and safety of our residents at Hearthside is our top priority.
2. Worry-Free Life
In an independent living community like Hearthside, a resident can live without the burden of many everyday maintenance tasks. Chores such as cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, house maintenance, and lawn mowing are all taken care of. From snow removal and lawn upkeep to appliance repair and housekeeping, a retirement community can provide residents with the support that they need, so they can focus on what’s important.
3. Social Life
Retirement doesn’t have to mean loneliness. With more time to socialize than ever before, independent living residents can have a busy social life with family, caretakers, and peers. Studies have proven that a strong social life has a direct impact on mental health and physical well being in senior adults. Living in the same place as peers who are in similar stages of life can greatly improve the attitudes and lives of independent living residents. Plus, a maintenance free lifestyle with lots of free time gives seniors the opportunity to bond over activities and events.
Activities at Hearthside often include:
- Performances and entertainers
- Sunday church and Bible study
- Fitness activities
- Cards and game events
- Event and holiday celebrations
- Movie nights
4. Financial Stability
Being a homeowner is the dream of many Americans. However, even owning a home comes with its expenses and worries. Home repairs, property taxes, utility bills, property insurance, upkeep of the house and the yard can take a toll on one’s budget. Add laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning, and it takes a significant chunk of money every month - not counting a personal caregiver’s fees. However, once a senior moves into an independent living community, paying bills gets much more simple!
5. Better Relationship with Family
As one’s health starts to decline, many times children take on the role of a caregiver, which could result in financial and emotional difficulty for the family. A child who takes on the role of a caregiver is usually forced to make career sacrifices, which may lead to financial hardships and discontent. In 2020, 48 million Americans served as unpaid caregivers for their loved ones. This situation can be further complicated by the strain it puts on family relationships. Fortunately, retirement communities often help to solve this problem by taking on the primary caregiver’s responsibilities allowing family members to have a substantial, stress-free relationship and spend quality time with their loved one.
Retirement is an exciting time, and aging adults should have the opportunity to continue to live independently without the stress and pressure of their younger years. At Hearthside, we provide residents with a comprehensive package of services and amenities to achieve the mission of maximizing residents' quality of life.
Hearthside Senior Living was intentionally designed to help seniors age in place – all within a safe, comfortable, and Christian environment. Our beautiful independent living homes were designed for an independent lifestyle with maintenance-free living as we continue the excellent tradition of independent living for those seniors needing additional services. Contact Hearthside for more information today.