Finding Your Independent Living Community
If you’ve already made the big decision of transitioning into independent senior living, your next step is to start looking for the perfect community — one that allows you to live your golden years focusing on the best of what life has to offer. As each person has their own unique needs, wants, and care requirements, there are no “one-size-fits-all” independent living communities. Things like amenities, levels of care, home sizes, and apartment and community layouts can vary widely from one location to the next. Easy access to nearby parks, shopping centers, and restaurants is also a consideration many active seniors take into account during their search. The culture and age range of a community often play a part in decision-making, too!
For these reasons, it’s important to sit down and go over the many options available to you. Doing so can help you make an informed decision while finding senior living and prepare you for a smooth, simple transition to a new, more carefree stage of life.
How to Find Senior Living Communities
In this digital age, the easiest way to find senior care or independent living communities is to do a simple Google search. Additionally, our location search tool can help you easily find Holiday Retirement communities in your area — all you need to do is enter your city or zip code! If you’d rather speak to someone, you can also contact one of our helpful representatives to learn about nearby communities and find resources for independent living.
Keep in mind, you aren’t limited to communities in your area! Many seniors find this stage of life to be the perfect time to move to the location of their dreams. If you’ve always wanted to move to a sunnier locale or be close to the beach, there are options available throughout the United States.
Before choosing a community or even beginning the search, however, there are a few factors you should consider regarding senior independent living. After all, you don’t want to find the perfect place only to realize later that it is unaffordable or does not supply the services you need for a simpler life.
Identify What You Can Afford
Finding out how to pay for independent living and how much you can afford is important. Many seniors pay their monthly costs through a variety of methods, such as by selling their homes, redeeming Social Security, using savings accounts, using loans, acquiring long-term care insurance, or a combination of each.
Seniors who live in Holiday Retirement communities pay a single monthly fee that covers all of their costs, including housing, meals, cleaning, maintenance, amenities, and other services. For seniors who require no additional care, the average cost is around $2,800 per month. For those who require assisted living care, the cost can be closer to around $4,000 per month.
Identify the Level of Care Needed
There are a few different levels of care for seniors, ranging from independent living facilities to assisted living and specialized care units. Seniors in independent living do not require any assistance, though they are able to enjoy services such as meal preparation, grocery shopping, in-home cleaning, transportation, and more. Seniors in assisted living may have declining motor function and be unable to care for themselves, so they receive help for day-to-day tasks like eating, bathing, getting dressed, moving around, and similar functions.
Though assisted living services cover everything, you may find that you only need help with one thing, such as bathing. In instances like these, seniors can remain in independent living and choose an elderly assisted living provider who will drop by only when needed. This can help seniors to save extra money each month.
There are many sites online that provide checklists for elderly living alone. For example, this checklist from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) can help you and your loved ones assess whether you can remain fully independent or require additional assistance from caregivers.
Identify What You’d Love About an Independent Living Community
After decades of working hard at your career, raising a family, caring for your home, completing chores, and juggling piles of bills, it’s time for some rest and relaxation. At Holiday Retirement senior independent living communities, you can get back to the things you enjoy most without worrying about the mundane day-to-day responsibilities that burdened you for so many years. We take care of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and even driving (unless you want to drive yourself!), allowing you to spend your days doing whatever you’d like.
Of course, you won’t be left to your own devices. Each of our communities offers a wide array of recreational activities, clubs, events, getaways, and other amenities to enjoy. You can play board games with friends, join a bowling team, listen to live music, go see a movie, visit nearby attractions, dive back into an old hobby — the possibilities are endless. And if you’re not feeling especially outgoing, you can always enjoy the comfort of your spacious, personalizable apartment or cottage.
The only thing you need to decide next is where you want to live. Though there are places that people may consider the best cities to retire, you have the luxury of choosing precisely which community you want to live in throughout the United States.
Visit Independent Living Communities
While it’s helpful to read descriptions of senior living communities, the best way to get a feel for the environment is to schedule an in-person visit or virtual tour. Planning a visit can help you see the type of community you’ll be living in, the people you’ll call your neighbors, and the views you’ll get to enjoy on a daily basis.
Independent living facilities can vary in architecture, types of amenities, housing sizes, and more. Seeing the community yourself can give you a good feel for what you’d be experiencing if you choose to live there. After all, it’s where you may be living some of the best years of your life — you deserve to know exactly what you’re getting.
If you’re looking for the top independent living communities in your area, a great place to start is to see which Holiday Retirement communities are nearby.
Independent Living Communities Near Me
With our helpful retirement community search tool, you can easily find out which Holiday Retirement locations are in your area. A simple search will show you a list of nearby locations, and you can select one to learn more about the community, view the amenities, and schedule a visit or contact a representative for more information.
If you’re ready to take the next step and begin the search for your perfect new home, we’re here to help. Contact us today to find out more about our retirement communities and schedule a visit — we’re excited to help you begin the transition to your new life!
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