When you’re looking to downsize and move to independent senior living, it can be an exciting and life-changing experience. However, there are some things you’ll want to do and some you’ll want to avoid so that you can make the most of your new lifestyle without any hiccups along the way. Here are the dos and don’ts of independent senior living.
Do Become Independent, Do Not Be Lonely
To enjoy independence, aging family members have to become self-sufficient. Becoming self-sufficient is an exciting new chapter in life. To take advantage of all that your new life has to offer, you need a little help from your friends—or, more specifically, from supportive and caring people who understand what you’re going through and how to help you get adjusted. To get there—to a place where you can enjoy true independence without being so lonely or bored that it makes your life miserable—you have several options. One option is independent living communities where you can make friends with like-minded people and take part in many activities and events yet retain a sense of independence.
Do Consider the Rent and Costs, Do Not Have Financial Stress
The most obvious cost of independent living is paying rent in your place. But there are many other costs you may not consider, like medical expenses if you don’t have insurance. Also, you might need to set aside money to purchase extra groceries if you feel like cooking some of your meals and it can be expensive to call cabs and pay for public transportation every time you want to go out. Make sure you think through all of these expenses before signing a lease on an apartment—you want to have as little financial stress as possible so you can live comfortably in your new home. Fortunately, some senior living communities offer dining and transportation services, the costs of which are included in the monthly rent.
Do Consider Amenities and Programs, Do Not Just Look at Location and Costs
Although moving into an independent living community might be the perfect choice for you, there are some essential things to keep in mind when preparing to take this exciting step in your life. When choosing an independent living community, it is vital to first look at your preferences. These could include location, cost of living, and proximity to family. Next, you will want to look for a community that offers more than just housing. An independent living facility can provide around-the-clock support services, including personal care assistance, scheduled transportation, educational programs, and social activities that are tailored to your specific needs. There are also many different types of senior communities available with differing levels of care. Be sure you know what kind of service each community offers, so you choose one that meets your specific needs before moving in.
Do Be Comfortable with Your Choice, Do Not Rush into Any Decisions
One of the seniors’ biggest fears is moving out of their homes and into a different living situation. But, it’s something many eventually do, either because they need or want to be more independent or they can no longer take care of themselves at home. Whatever your circumstances are, it’s essential to look for a place to make you feel comfortable. It will be up to you to make sure your new living situation is suitable and will meet your needs. You’ll probably want to talk with a team member from several different communities before deciding on one. They should all be upfront about what they can provide and answer any questions you have clearly and honestly.