You’ve recently retired. Your kids have left home, and you’re looking forward to the next stage of your life. First on the agenda may be selling the family home and moving to a smaller space. If this describes you or a loved one, you may want to consider independent living.
Independent living is a term that describes any housing arrangement designed exclusively for older adults. As our population ages, independent living has become a popular option for seniors who are looking to maintain an active lifestyle in their golden years.
Unfortunately, many people are misinformed about independent living and sometimes equate it with nursing homes or similar institutions.
Here are six common myths about independent living that you shouldn’t believe.
Myth No. 1: Independent living is only for really old people.
TRUTH: Independent living is designed for people as young as 55 who are looking for a place to live where they don’t have to worry about doing chores or keeping up a home. It’s a perfect living arrangement for young, active seniors who want to connect with others who are living through the same stage of life.
Myth No. 2: Independent living is too expensive.
TRUTH: Though the price tag may seem high at first glance, you have to consider all that you’re paying for. The monthly charges at senior living communities typically include room and board, utilities, maintenance, housekeeping, and meals.
This cost calculator can help you compare your current expenses with the cost of senior living. You may find that a move to senior living could actually save you money!
Myth No. 3: You give up your independence when you move in.
TRUTH: There’s a reason it’s called independent living. You’ll still be able to do all the things you do now. If you drive, you can bring your car and come and go as you please. You aren’t required to take part in any of the community’s scheduled activities (although you will probably find many that you enjoy). And if you don’t feel like eating in the dining room, you can go out, or fix a meal for yourself in your apartment.
Myth No. 4: You won’t have any privacy.
TRUTH: Your apartment is your own space. You can furnish it as you like. You have your own key and control who comes to visit. No one will be checking up on you.
Myth No. 5: The food isn’t very good.
TRUTH: Independent living communities have chefs who’ve developed meals that are healthy and delicious. Residents eat in dining rooms set up with small tables, like they’re restaurants. They order off menus that provide them with a variety of choices.
Myth No. 6: You’ll lose touch with old friends if you move.
TRUTH: Your friends are welcome to come visit as often as you like. They can even stay for lunch or dinner. And you’ll have the opportunity to make new friends with the other residents in the community. Research by the National Institute on Aging shows that seniors who stay socially connected to their peers are healthier and may even live longer.
Residents of The Arbor at BridgeMill in Canton know firsthand how a move to independent living gives you time to do what you want to do in your golden years, while someone else takes care of the chores.
If you’re still skeptical, call The Arbor at BridgeMill in Canton at 770-691-0022 so you can arrange for a tour and see the truth for yourself.