When it comes to retirement living, what do you picture? Years ago, the goal was to remain at home as long as possible. Today, however, savvy retirees are learning more about the opportunities and freedoms an independent senior living community can offer. In addition to leaving behind the burdens of home and property maintenance, many are discovering a renewed social life, the convenience of chef-prepared meals, and new opportunities to discover a hobby or activity. Independent senior living communities have changed over the years too, with many offering resort-like amenities and services to fit the needs of active and engaged residents.
Reason #1: Say Good-bye to Home Maintenance
When considering retirement options, older adults will often assume that it’s more affordable to stay at home than to move into an independent living community. Perhaps the mortgage has already been paid off or your monthly fees have been reduced. Yet, annual home maintenance can cost you – to the tune of 4% of your home’s purchase price, depending on the age of your home. Updating HVAC systems, replacing broken appliances, cleaning out gutters, landscaping and unforeseen costs (hello, leaky roof!) all add to the burdens of home maintenance. Furthermore, future home renovations may be needed to make your home safe and comfortable for your needs.
Reason #2: Leave the Worry, and the Unknowns, Behind
Just because the house is paid off doesn’t mean there’s nothing else to worry about. Homeownership also comes with additional requirements such as utilities and taxes, all of which have their own set of costs, fees, and maintenance. Furthermore, utilities and property tax costs aren’t fixed, making it hard to predict your financial needs over the years.
Renting in a senior living community, on the other hand, doesn’t come with property taxes. In many communities, the costs and utilities associated with maintenance and repairs are all included in the rent. This means that not only is everything bundled into one monthly fee, but it also provides you with fewer details to remember and fewer responsibilities.
Reason #3: Discover a New Community
Today’s independent senior living communities are designed with you in mind. Picture spacious apartment homes with fully-equipped kitchens surrounded by expertly landscaped grounds. Many communities also include housekeeping, maintenance, and laundry services for residents, while on-site dining programs allow for choice and convenience. Need an extra hand? Personal care staff are on site 24/7 should you need them. Heading out on vacation? Lock the door and leave the maintenance and the worry behind.
Beyond the physical surroundings, you may wonder, will it truly feel like home? It’s not always easy to make new friends, even after years of practice! Yet independent senior living communities offer a multitude of opportunities to connect with neighbors and make friends, in your own way: cultural outings, fitness classes, and faith-based activities are just a few of the life-enrichment programs on offer.
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