As we age, the strength, flexibility, and endurance our bodies once had decreases. The quality of life we once had can drop significantly, especially if living without assistance. When it comes time that health and wellness cannot be maintained at home for you or a loved one, you and your family should begin to discuss plans for the future.
For many people, the thought of living in a retirement home is not a desirable one. Making such a drastic change in life from complete independence to complete reliance on a senior care center has made many seniors’ lives incomplete. This solution is not right for everyone, especially if the individual still has the determination and opportunity to live without 24/7 assistance. A fantastic compromise between the two choices is independent living, which allows for a great amount of freedom while maintaining your overall health.
Within 55+ retirement communities, independent living typically refers to elderly individuals living as they would in a regular community but with an added social atmosphere of others in a similar stage of life. Individuals and couples have their own apartment-style or small single homes with compact and manageable layouts.
These types of communities often have a clubhouse or other main building for the residents to use. They can also include hair salons, recreational centers, continuing education classes These communities may also offer home association benefits like snow removal, yard care, or exterior home repairs, but they don’t include health care of any kind.
A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is similar to an assisted living facility but without nurses and medical care. This type of retirement community offers a variety of care levels, one of which is independent living. What this level of independence looks like varies depending on the establishment or even the individual’s preference.
Generally, CCRC independent living includes a daily check-in, prepared meals, and housekeeping. However, various establishments might also offer classes, activities, and transportation as well. Health care may be an option but is typically small, like giving a reminder to take medications or retrieving prescriptions.
If you or a loved one are getting to the point that having someone help with some basic tasks would make living at home easier, you have options. Living independently is still possible with the help of our professional caregivers. Our staff at Visiting Angels is eager to help you. Our priority is to get you on the road to comfortable independent living.
For more information on how independent living might be the right answer, contact Visiting Angels. If you’re ready to get the independence you want, contact us today!