With many independent living communities available in the United States, older adults may be confused about deciding on one that’s best suited for them. When it comes to choosing an independent living community, there are many considerations to take note of in order to achieve a lifestyle that’s not only affordable but also accessible and comfortable. After all, most older adults are looking to spend the rest of their retirement years in an independent living community. As such, here are some factors to consider when looking for an independent living community.
On-Site Services and Amenities
This is by far the most important factor to look into as the services and amenities offered in an independent living community determine what kind of lifestyle residents are leading. If you enjoy living an active lifestyle filled with sports and exercises each day, the independent living community should have fitness features, such as gyms, courts, and on-site fitness professionals to carry out exercises safely. Some amenities can also provide a low-maintenance lifestyle for residents. For example, an in-house salon, library, and movie theater prevent the hassle of residents having to leave the community many times.
Aside from the independent living community itself, there’s also a need to look into the broader area and which neighborhood the community is situated at. The reason is that on some days, older adults may want to partake in some recreational activities in town, such as shopping, dining at restaurants, and even heading out to local parks. Therefore, when looking for an independent living community, see what are the available opportunities for creative pursuits, leisure, religious services, and more. At the same time, check to see if the independent living community provides transportation services to the town.
For individuals with pets, it’s important to make sure the independent living community is pet-friendly. Pet policies vary from community to community, and one will be more strict than the other. Here at Aston Gardens At Parkland Commons, we encourage residents to own pets due to the multiple health and wellness benefits that come with owning one. However, in order to maintain the peace in the community and prevent arguments among residents, we have to check and approve each pet.
In an independent living community, the people interacting and assisting residents almost 24/7 are the team members. Therefore, there needs to be mutual trust and friendly relations between the team members and residents. When you’re looking for an independent living community, keep a lookout and observe how the team members treat each resident, and also see if the other residents are friendly and welcoming. If so, this makes it much easier for you to acclimate to this new environment and make friends along the way.
Activities and Wellness Options
In order for residents to not get bored and lead an engaged lifestyle, an independent living community should offer a wide range of activities, events, and wellness options. Whether it’s checking on their website or contacting a team member, it’s good to make sure that the independent living community provides a certain hobby that you enjoy, such as arts and crafts, music classes, and many more.