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Independent living in a senior community

Posted September 18, 2013 in Advice Column

With the tough economy and the lack of properly saving for retirement, many seniors may not even consider moving to a independent living facility, but there are some factors to consider that might change their minds.

Independent living is a type of senior living for those seniors who are independent and active. Many seniors who choose to live in an independent living community need no assistance or help with daily activities, but instead are looking to socialize, meet new people and enjoy their senior years.

There are a few factors to consider before completely ruling out independent living as an option. There are benefits of living at an independent living community compared to staying in your own home.

Maintenance and worry-free living. Move into an independent living apartment, and you will no longer be responsible for mowing the lawn, shoveling the driveway, fixing the water heater or any other unexpected problems that come with owning your own home.

Socialization and entertainment. It is said that retirement is similar to college. Socializing and activities are once again an important part of life now that you are able to spend time doing the things you want to do. Independent living communities recognize this and plan activities and events for the residents to take advantage of.

All-inclusive rent. Many independent living communities include television, Internet, phone, heat, electric and water in the monthly rent. No more need to keep up on all the bills and accounts; most are included, making the beginning of the month a lot less hectic.

Assistance if you need it. Independent living communities do not offer care. If something were to happen and a resident needed assistance during an emergency help is always close by. Many families choose to move Mom or Dad into an independent living environment before something happens that could lead to a decline in independence. If Mom or Dad are living alone, it’s scary to think of what would happen if he or she fell and no one was there to help. Independent living is a great way to gain the peace of mind for many families.

If you are considering a move for you or a family member, call Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation at 515-832-2727 for a tour and learn more about our affordable independent living apartments in our senior community. I’m sure you will know a neighbor or two already.

Information provided by Jaime Roelfs, Marketing Director, Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2401 Des Moines St., Webster City, 515-832-2727.

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