When is the Right Time to Move Into an Independent Living Community?
We all love our independence. Yet, that doesn’t mean that we can’t acknowledge that things may have gotten harder as we’ve gotten older. If you’re over 55, you may still embrace an active lifestyle, but may not want to do as much housework, or you may be isolated in your current environment.
How do you know that it’s time to move into a retirement community?
You Want More Social Interaction
Living alone can be lonely. While you may have friends or family in the area, that doesn’t mean that you can interact with them on daily basis. Research has proven that have an active social life reduces the chances of major health issues like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular problems.
You’re Tired of Housework
Even many younger people don’t enjoy housework and the responsibilities that come with owning a home. As you get older, however, these tasks become even harder. If you’re having trouble keeping up with house maintenance and yard work, downsizing and moving into an independent living community can make a lot of sense. Plus, you will be able to pad your savings with the sale of your home.
You Need a Little More Help These Days
As we get older, we may not be able to do as much as we did in the past – and that’s OK. It’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy our golden years and outsource the work to someone else. An independent living community makes this really easy. They are designed for seniors who want to have a more carefree lifestyle.
You’re Thinking About Your Budget
If you’re retired or on the verge of retiring, then you need to start considering what you’re spending on a monthly basis. More than likely, your retirement funds will be different from when you were working. If you’re considering staying in your home, you may need to add modifications to make your current house more aging-in-place friendly. These updates could cost thousands of dollars.
Or you might be thinking about hiring someone to clean and cook. While this can certainly limit how much you need to do, you also need to factor these costs into your monthly budget. This already on top of standard meal, transportation, and medical services costs.
With an all-inclusive senior independent living community like The Mansions, all these items will be included. You’ll pay one flat fee and have all your property maintenance, meals, and transportation needs included.
You’re Considering What Could Happen in the Future
While you might be perfectly healthy now, that doesn’t mean that you will be in the future – and you don’t want to wind up being a burden to your family. While many seniors only move into retirement communities once they’re having trouble, others are thinking ahead and want to be in a safe place long before they start developing issues.
You Want Peace of Mind Knowing that You’re Covered
It can be challenging living alone. If an emergency does happen, it could be harder to get help exactly when you need it. At The Mansions, we have 24-hour emergency pull cords and security cameras to ensure that you’re always protected and that we’ll be there as soon as you need us.
Signs You Shouldn’t Live Alone
It’s hard giving up the lifestyle that you’re used to, but there are some signs that indicate it might be time to start thinking about a retirement community:
- You’re already having memory issues.
- Your eating habits have changed.
- You’re more depressed or unwilling to do your favorite activities.
- You’re forgetting to take your medications, or you’re taking more than you should.
- You’re not keeping up with home or personal maintenance.
It’s helpful to look at your options long before you need to move into a retirement community, and these communities have many benefits that can improve your well-being and social interactions.
Why Consider The Mansions?
We know that you have a lot of options for senior independent living communities. At The Mansions, however, we go above and beyond to take care of your needs. We offer different levels of care to ensure that every resident gets the support that they require.
Our senior community accommodations offer all the comforts and amenities of living at home – without all the work involved. Find your new home at one of our locations in either Oklahoma City or Atlanta. Schedule a tour today!