Independent living has gained traction as a lifestyle, especially among seniors who want to combine freedom, community, and support. But how do you determine if independent living is the right choice for you or a loved one? Four key indicators suggest that independent living might be a good fit.
- Self-Sufficiency in Health. One of the primary prerequisites for independent living is being largely self-sufficient when it comes to health. Independent living communities typically don’t provide medical care, so residents should be healthy. Independent living can be an ideal choice if you’re an active senior without major health concerns requiring daily assistance.
- Daily Activities Are More of a Hassle. If you find that tasks like housekeeping or home maintenance are becoming burdensome but don’t need assistance with personal care activities like bathing or medication management, independent living can offer the perfect balance.
- Desire for Social Connection. As we age, our social circles might shrink for various reasons. Independent communities provide many socializing opportunities. Research even indicates that strong social connections can enhance longevity and overall well-being. For those with wanderlust, independent living communities ensure that your residence remains secure and well-maintained during your travels.
- Considering Future Health Conditions. While independent living communities don’t provide medical care, many are part of larger senior living campuses that offer a continuum of care options. If your health needs change, you can transition smoothly to a higher level of care, like assisted living or memory care.
Independent living provides a wonderful option for relatively healthy seniors who want a strong social network, a maintenance-free lifestyle, and peace of mind with future care options. As with any significant decision, assess your situation, visit us at Vienna Village Assisted Living, and discuss it with your family.