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11 Signs You’re Ready to Move Into Independent Senior Living

elderly man smiling while sitting on a chair with his cane in his hands

How do you want to live in retirement? Independent living in a senior living community can be a great choice for active and healthy seniors who want to make the most of life. Here are some signs you may be ready for a move:

You wish you weren’t slaving over a hot stove.

Don’t feel like cooking? Just walk out of your residence to enjoy a chef-prepared breakfast, lunch or dinner served restaurant-style. In a senior living community, dining staff members get to know you by name, learn your likes and dislikes, and wait on you with the attention you deserve.

You can’t remember if you locked that door.

Communities provide professional round-the-clock security to keep their residents safe. This means you can leave your worries behind when you leave on vacation, knowing everything will be taken care of on the homefront.

You’ve better things to do than spring clean.

Put away your mop, broom and garden tools. Professional staff members handle housekeeping, laundry, lawn care and home maintenance, freeing you for activities that bring you joy. Try a new hobby. Work out. Read. Travel to places you’ve always wanted to see, or spend quality time with your family. This is what you’ve been waiting for.

Your car keys are gathering dust.

Why pay for gas and servicing when you only use the car once in a while? Communities provide regular transportation to get you where you need to go. No more searching for keys, navigating maps, sitting in traffic, being late for appointments, or trying to remember where you left your car in the parking lot.

You love to learn.

Senior living communities offer activity calendars that include classes, seminars and talks, and are often affiliated with institutions that welcome older adults for continuing education. Activity directors will arrange cultural outings, in-house speakers, fascinating clubs and committees. Participate as often and as much as you’d like.

You wish you could make more friends.

Don’t let your social life shrink by staying alone at home — it’s bad for your physical and mental health. The more people you meet, the easier it will be to find a kindred spirit among them. Communities are filled with people your age, and they’re as eager as you are to make a connection and strike up a friendship.

You wish you had more interesting things to do.

The fitness center’s down the hall. An art class is starting in five minutes. The book club is meeting in the fireside living room. There’s a fascinating talk about local history in the library later. With classes, clubs, committees and interest groups galore, you’ll never be bored in a senior living community.

You want to keep control over living expenses.

When you add up the current cost of living in your home, a retirement community may present a surprisingly affordable alternative. Home maintenance, dining, housekeeping and access to services, amenities, clubs and activities are all included in your monthly fee for independent living.

You’re fiercely independent.

No one will tell you what to do in a senior living community. You decide how you spend your time and who you spend it with. When you choose a senior living community that offers assisted living, you’ll stay physically independent longer even as your health changes.

You want to protect your estate.

Health care expenses can take a chunk out of savings. Residents of a Life Care community know they can count on high-quality health care at predictable rates for the rest of their lives. And they’ll pay less for these services than they would on the open market.

You wish you had your privacy back.

If you’re currently living with your children, that’s well and good. But it’s their home, not yours. Moving into a place of your own in senior living restores your privacy and draws a clear line between your individuality and your family’s needs.

If any of these statements resonated with you, you may want more details about when to move into senior living. Are you ready to leave yardwork and home maintenance behind? Enjoy the freedom of a “lock-and-leave” lifestyle, meet new friends, and explore other benefits of independent living? We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have, or tour you around our beautiful campus.