Is Independent Living Right For Me?
Retirement today comes with more options than ever. From where you want to live to how you want to live, the choice is yours. The question is: what’s the best choice? That answer lies in a solid understanding of what’s out there. Unfortunately there’s some confusion around what independent living is and what it is not. We’ll clear the air and help you learn not only the benefits of independent living but how it can empower you to make the most of your retirement.
Independent Living Is
In general, independent living retirement communities are for retirees who don’t need assistance with daily activities, but who are active, mobile and desire convenience, less responsibility and increased social opportunities.
Specific benefits include:
Resort-like setting – Independent living communities often feature beautifully landscaped grounds and upscale accommodations. At Richfield we’re located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and our campus overlooks a scenic lake providing ample natural beauty.
Choice of living options – Most communities offer condominiums, apartments, free-standing cottages or single-family homes, whichever suits your needs best. Choose from five independent living offerings on our campus—Lake Estates, Knollwood, Ridgecrest, and coming in summer 2020, The Villas and Lake Retreat.
Carefree living – You can happily forget home upkeep and yard maintenance because they are typically included in your monthly fee as are restaurant-style dining, basic housekeeping and laundry services. Here you also have the option for concierge services, personal housekeeping and transportation.
The good life – A pool, fitness center and onsite beauty salons are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the amenities many independent living communities offer. Richfield also offers a library with resident business center, a lovely community room for socializing and entertaining, personal garden areas and fishing in two lakes.
Connection – Social opportunities are a big draws for retirees in independent living as you have a range of educational and enrichment programs as well as organized activities and outings to enjoy. We also offer fitness such as yoga and balance classes, volunteer opportunities and can help you get involved by making introductions with residents who share your interests.
Convenience – Independent living communities are designed with this in mind from the location to the services offered. Here you’ll have easy access to everything the Roanoke and New River Valley areas offer as well as an onsite pharmacy, physician offices and a dialysis center.
Independent Living Is Not
Independent living is not for everyone. For example, it is not designed for retirees with cognitive challenges or chronic health conditions that require ongoing care as independent living communities don’t provide healthcare or assistance with daily activities such as medication, bathing, eating, dressing or toileting.
Keep in mind that while the community may not provide healthcare and assistance directly, independent living residents may opt to use third-party home health services for their medication management, physical, occupational and speech therapy or personal care needs.
In addition, many retirement communities in Virginia offer a continuum of care on one campus. At Richfield for example, our Rehab Center offers short-term rehabilitation for those recovering from surgery, illness or injury. Plus, we offer assisted living, nursing care and memory care to support evolving health needs with added peace of mind and an easier transition.
If you’re still unsure as to whether independent living is truly the place to start the next chapter of life, ask yourself these questions to see if a more active, convenient and carefree lifestyle than you may currently have at home could be the right fit.
- Are you tired of cleaning, cooking, household repairs and yard work?
- Can you get around easily by yourself?
- Are you able to manage your own medications and personal care?
- Do you have as many active friendships as you’d like?
- Would you like to find a new hobby or try something new?
- Are you seeking more purpose in life?
- Is it becoming harder to fill your calendar with fun, engaging activities?
- Is driving becoming difficult?