Say Goodbye to the ‘Honey-Do’ List
Retirement is supposed to be about freedom, and while you might have said goodbye to the ‘to-do’ list of your everyday professional working life, what about the daily tasks at home? Known as the ‘honey-do’ list; this set of seemingly never-ending tasks has drawn the ire of couples for generations. Whether you’re the list maker, the list doer or both, ‘honey-dos’ often put a damper on the fun you could be having in retirement. But they don’t have to; at least not in independent living communities. Read on to find out why.
‘Independent Living’ is a term used for communities designed for seniors 55 and older who need little or no assistance with the activities of daily living. But don’t mistake these communities for the stereotypical ‘nursing home,’ they couldn’t be further from it. In fact, independent senior living communities are more like resorts with sprawling campuses, spacious accommodations, beautiful décor, luxurious amenities and the carefree lifestyle you’re used to on vacation. As such, these communities are ideal for active retirees who require little to no daily assistance, but seek a vibrant and social environment in which to enjoy life.
The Benefits of Independent Senior Living
Independent senior living is, as the name suggests, all about independence. Here you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want to do it because these communities are designed specifically for retirees who want more out of life. The lifestyle offers you:
In most communities you can choose from accommodations that include condominiums, apartments, free-standing cottages or single-family homes, whichever suits you best.
A pool, fitness center and onsite beauty and barber salons are just the beginning in terms of the amenities in most independent senior living communities.
Social opportunities are one of biggest 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.
In many cases, independent senior living communities, such as ours, have a full continuum of care that also includes assisted living, nursing care and/or memory care on the same campus to support your evolving health needs while remaining in familiar surroundings.
Consider The Added Value Of A Worry-Free Lifestyle
We know cost is always a big part of the equation and you may be wondering if independent senior living is something you could afford. While less than other senior living options, some independent living communities do require an entrance fee which can be costly. Others, such as Richfield Living, offer monthly rental agreements which include the services and amenities listed above as well as utilities.
In determining whether independent senior living could be within reach, make sure to consider your total cost of living at home when comparing monthly expenses. Beyond your mortgage or rent, at home you also pay for food, utilities, home maintenance, property taxes, insurance and entertainment (which are typically included in the monthly cost of independent living). And in addition to the dollar amount, make sure to factor in the value of the positive impact on your quality of life, especially freedom from that pesky honey-do list!