Giving up one’s independence is a very common fear of the aging process. Many seniors desire to live independently so that they can continue to make their own decisions about their lifestyles. The term “independent living” may mean various things based on the neighborhood and community. It may mean that there are little to no services provided – the community is just age restricted, services are available for additional fees, or services may be included in the rent or mortgage.
It’s important to consider both what the senior wants and what the safest option is realistically. If a senior would prefer to continue to live independently in their own apartment, condominium or home, they may need to hire services to help with repairs, maintenance and cleaning. Additionally, they may need assistance with showering, cooking, shopping and other personal care needs. If so, a home care agency can help provide needed support.
Other seniors may decide to live in an independent community. Independent living communities may also be known as retirement communities, independent senior living communities, or 55 plus communities. They offer the opportunity to live independently but are part of a community where certain home and social services are available for a fee. These services may include:
Independent living communities can be an ideal living choice for seniors. It is important to visit the independent living community to see if it is the right place for you. Always ask questions of individuals who are living in the community and speak to professionals who provide services.