One of the most persistent myths about senior living communities is, “I’ll lose my independence.” Some think of retirement communities as akin to “nursing homes,” but nothing could be further from the truth!
In fact, residents in Independent Living neighborhoods find they have MORE INDEPENDENCE than they ever imagined. Some find they have extra time to enjoy hobbies or develop new interests. Others love to volunteer, and still others still work full or part-time! If you still believe “I’ll lose my independence” is true, consider a few of the ways senior living communities bust that myth.
- Travel Made Easy
From transportation to the airport, to help with baggage, to collecting your mail and arranging for pet care, senior living communities have the staff and resources that allow you to travel with ease and without worry about the safety of your home.
- Entertaining Made Easy
Love to entertain, but find the food and other preparations daunting? Entertaining is a breeze when you live in a retirement community. Most provide private dining rooms that you can reserve. You choose the menu. They cook. They clean. You become the hostess with the most-est. Game rooms are also available for bridge clubs or other group activities. Your place will soon be THE place to gather!
- Wellness Made Easy
In addition to exercise programs and good, nutritious food (that you don’t have to cook!), many senior communities provide seminars and tailored programs to encourage and improve overall health and wellness. You don’t have to drive to the gym, either. It’s all there, conveniently located within the community.
- Cooking Made Easy
Yes, we just pointed out that you don’t have to cook if you don’t want to. Tired after a day of golf or volunteering? No problem. A choice menu awaits in restaurant-style dining, or most communities have multiple dining venues where you can order casual foods — or even have your dinner delivered to your residence!
- House Cleaning Made Easy
Living in a retirement community means you can say “good bye” to the drudgery of dusting, mopping, cleaning toilets and more. Imagine not having to change the bed sheets anymore!
- Home Maintenance Made Easy
A furnace breakdown can be a budget-buster when you’re living in a house. But in a retirement community, those expenses belong to the past. Any needed maintenance, even changing a light bulb, is just a phone call away.
- Health Care Made Easy
You can definitely keep you own doctors when you move to a senior living community, but additional support is available on site from health care teams that are already familiar with you.
- Finances Made Easy
Paying the monthly bills becomes much simpler in a retirement community. Write one check and you’re done. No more real estate taxes. No more home insurance. No more utility bills.
- Transportation Made Easy
If you prefer not to drive, you can easily schedule transportation to doctor appointments, grocery stores and other outings. That means you can still go where you want, when you want, and nothing makes you feel more independent than that.
10. Emergencies Made Safer
Any unexpected emergency can create a dire situation for seniors. Whom would you call if you fell, or became seriously ill? Would that person get to you in time? In a retirement community these worries fade away, because most provide 24/7 emergency response services.
If you’re still unconvinced about the truly independent lifestyle available at retirement communities, visit one in the near future. Take the tour, collect information about the services and amenities offered, and talk to some of the residents. We believe you’ll end up becoming a myth buster.
We invite you to visit a Methodist Retirement Community soon. Just click on the location nearest you to find out more and for contact information.