Seven Benefits of Independent LivingMay 20, 2021
What is independent living?
Independent living in a senior living community is a perfect option for older adults who need no assistance with daily living. You enjoy the privacy of your own home, independently, set your own personal schedule, and spend your days as you choose. It’s an energizing lifestyle giving you more freedom to do what you love — travel, work out, volunteer, and spend time with family and friends. And it’s a smart way to age in place without having to move again because it offers a plan for future health care if you ever need it. Explore independent living at Sierra Winds where your days revolve around what brings you joy, helps you feel healthy, and inspires curiosity.
Seven benefits of independent living:
You have more time to do what you love.
Among the benefits of independent living is no longer having to worry about the stresses of home maintenance and upkeep. These are taken care of by community staff, along with other time-consuming chores such as housekeeping, laundry and yardwork. You no longer need to expend effort on chores or pay for servicing, repairing or replacing home appliances. Curious how much time you save by not doing chores? We have the answer here.
You can downsize without losing out.
The opportunity to downsize and still maintain an enriching lifestyle is another benefit of independent living. Depending on the community, floor plan choices may range from free-standing villas to duplexes, multiroom apartments or studios. Each of these floor plans offers advantages — with smaller layouts making it easy to lock and leave for travel, or larger layouts providing additional space to work from home or accommodate guests. Take a look at our remarkable living spaces.
You’ll never be bored again.
Older adults often find that one of the benefits of independent living is having more opportunities to pursue a familiar pastime or try something new. The culture at independent living communities supports lifelong learning and growth at every age, so you’ll find countless activities to choose from, including classes, outings, clubs, committees and interest groups.
You’ll meet people who share your interests.
Having strong social connections is essential to our mental and emotional health. If those relationships fray as family or friends move away, you may become isolated without even knowing it. Among the most important benefits of independent living is how easy it makes it to socialize with people your age. Community activities and events are steps from your door, so it’s easy to meet neighbors and build a supportive social network.
You can focus on your health.
Another benefit of independent living is how it enables you to stay fit and healthy longer. Exercise and wellness programs are designed specifically for older adults, and it’s simply easier to commit to a regular fitness schedule when amenities such as a fitness center, heated pool or nature paths are within walking distance.
You’ll have peace of mind, 24/7.
Independent living communities have systems in place to keep residents safe. These include round-the-clock security, in-home emergency response systems, professional health services on call 24 hours a day, and a host of others. You can go about your day knowing help is just a call away if you or your loved one ever needs it.
You’ll have a plan for future care.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of people over age 65 will need some form of long-term care during their lifetime. Many independent living communities, including Sierra Winds, are known as Life Plan Communities that offer a range of senior care that supports your changing needs over time. If you or your spouse ever requires a higher level of care, you won’t have to move out to a different community or location.
As you research your options for independent senior living, spend time working through your budget and understanding what your needs will be in retirement. Call the communities on your shortlist and arrange a time to tour or attend an event. Bring a friend or family member along so you can compare notes afterward. Here are some questions to consider on your tour:
- Were you greeted and made to feel welcome?
- Did staff and residents appear engaged and happy?
- Can you sample the food in the dining room?
- Can you talk with other residents and their families?
- What social, cultural and recreational activities interest you?
- Is the community safe and secure?
- What kinds of homes and apartments are available?
- How much does it cost to move in?
- What happens if you want to move out?
- What health services are available on-site?
- Does the community feel like a good fit for you and your lifestyle?
Explore independent living in Peoria, AZ, where everyone knows your name. Sierra Winds is a genuinely friendly and welcoming community designed to give you the carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle you deserve. You can spend your days doing exactly what you want to do, and you’ll find lots of services; amenities; and fun, engaging activities to help you live your very best life. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits we offer.