The Pros and Cons of Independent Living
The time has finally come. After all those years of working nine to five, you’re ready to retire. You’re embarking on a wonderful new season of life, where you can enjoy less responsibility and much more fun. The question is: what’s the best way to achieve the lifestyle you want in your retirement years?
For many, the initial instinct is to live at home. And why not? It is, after all, where you’ve built a lifetime of memories, where you’re comfortable and where you feel you belong. But do you really have less responsibility there? Do you really have all the social opportunities you want?
An increasingly popular alternative for seniors is independent living. Before you nix the idea, let’s be clear: independent living is not nursing home living. In fact, it’s designed specifically for active retirees just like you. Let’s take a closer look.
Independent Living Defined
Independent living is a type of senior living that offers a lifestyle choice for retirees who require little daily assistance, but seek a vibrant social community free of the hassle of chores and home upkeep.
Choice of living options – In most communities you can pick from condominiums, apartments, free-standing cottages or single-family homes, whichever suits you best.
Carefree living – Forget home upkeep and yard maintenance because these services are typically included in your monthly fee as are restaurant-style dining, basic housekeeping, laundry services and transportation.
The good life – A pool, fitness center and onsite beauty and barber salons are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the amenities many independent living communities offer.
Keep connected – Social opportunities are one of biggest draws for seniors in independent living as you have a range of educational and enrichment programs as well as organized activities and outings to enjoy.
Ease of transition – In many cases, independent living communities, such as ours, have a full continuum of care that includes assisted living and/or memory care on the same campus to support your evolving health needs while remaining in familiar surroundings.
Richfield Lake Estates
Beautiful landscaping maintained by Richfield’s groundskeeper
Walk to gatherings at your neighbors
Enjoy Richfield Living’s state-of-the art workout room at the Wellness Center
The Wellness Center Pool