Are you close to retirement? If so, you may be thinking about how your days will be spent in your golden years. When it comes to retirement living, numerous myths and falsehoods abound. It’s important to do your research to get an idea of the best way to spend your retirement. Separating the myths from the truth will be crucial in your pursuit.
Independent living communities are not only a popular way to enjoy retirement, but they are also abundant. Possibly more than on the topic of retirement itself, bad information and myths are plentiful when it comes to the subject of moving to an independent retirement community. Old school ideas of retirement communities once painted a gloomy picture. But today, living in a community such as this – thanks, in part, to the amenities offered – is like being on vacation every day. With swimming pools, fitness programs, complimentary transportation, chef-prepared meals served in a fine dining atmosphere, comfy lounges, beautifully manicured grounds, housekeeping/maintenance services, and so much more, you will be able to enjoy retirement in style.
Let’s look at the most frequently circulated myths about independent living communities. Remember, these are falsehoods – not truths.
There Are Too Many Extra Costs
No. With a monthly payment in addition to your initial fee, healthcare, scheduled transportation, programming, meals, a private apartment, and more are included. Anything extra you spend will be your decision.
There Is a Lack of Privacy
No. The level of privacy you choose is the level you will have. There are lots of outdoor events, scheduled dining celebrations, movie nights, and more, if you want to attend. But you have your own private home, with a private entrance.
You’ll Have to Move If Your Health Changes
As your needs change, you will have constant peace of mind if you choose a retirement community that caters to different needs. Your independent living charges should not change just because you need some extra care and assistance temporarily.
Freedom Is Limited
You are free to come and go as you please. There is on-site security 24/7, so you’ll always feel safe. If you decide to venture out into the surrounding community, you can provide your own transportation or use the complimentary transportation provided by the community.
You Won’t Thrive
There’s no reason for your personal growth to stop when you live in a retirement community. Quite the opposite, in fact. Continue your learning journey with programs, scheduled events, classes, and more.
The Food Is Boring
First of all, you can prepare your own meals in independent living. But if you choose to eat in the fine dining atmosphere provided, these meals are prepared by a chef using the freshest ingredients possible. They explore various cuisines and can be customized if you have dietary restrictions.
You’ll Experience a Health Decline
If you do, it won’t be at the hands of the retirement community! Once again, with fitness classes, health and wellness programs, a swimming pool (in some cases), numerous opportunities for socialization, nutritious and delicious meals, trips into town, and more – plus a 24/7 on-site care team of professionals – you’re safer than ever before and probably healthier.
It’s a Depressing Way of Life
Clearly, with all of the socialization opportunities, parties, camaraderie, and just plain fun events and programs in which to participate, life is all but boring and depressing. It is, in fact, invigorating, interesting, and enjoyable.
It’s Better to Stay Home
If you want to stay home, make “home” a one- or two-bedroom apartment in an independent living community. Staying in a house that you’ve lived in for years can not only be more expensive, but your chances for boredom, loneliness, unhealthy food, and more increase. So does your chance of falling, with no one there to help. What’s more, in many cases, an independent living community is more affordable than owning a house, or a car, paying for food and utilities, property taxes, house repairs, and more.
I’ll Age Faster
You’re as young (or old) as you feel. Or so they say. Regardless, with so much socialization, chances for stimulating conversations and activities, and fun happening around you, you won’t have time to age! These types of activities help keep you young. Go dancing. Go to a movie. Float around in the pool with your friends. Just enjoy life.
The Best Independent Living Community to Move to
Our Independent Living Community offers a stylish environment in which to retire. With a pool, exercise/fitness programs, a fine dining atmosphere with chef-prepared meals, beautiful one- and two-bedroom apartments, regularly scheduled events and activities, and more amenities than you ever thought possible, you’ll be able to enjoy your golden years as they were meant to be. You may, in fact, wonder why you waited so long to make the move.