Have you been considering moving into a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), or more specifically independent living, but aren’t sure if it’ll be the right fit for you? This type of residence can be a wonderful solution for older adults who are active today, but are also interested in knowing they will have health care services if or when they need it in the future.
Independent living communities are much different from assisted living or nursing homes. These communities are made for people who are completely independent and capable of taking care of themselves. So how do you know if an independent living community is right for you? Ask yourself the following questions:
Are you an active individual who wants to maintain an active lifestyle? Senior living communities are not just for those who need assistance, independent living communities are meant for anyone as young as 55 or 60 who wants to enjoy a more stress free life. Independent living communities are just that—independent. You can come and go as you please, travel the world or stay right on campus, the choice is all yours.
Do you want peace of mind knowing assistance is at your fingertips should you need it? One of the most desirable aspects of an independent living community is that should you need medical care down the road, it will be readily available to you. No need to worry about relocating, or searching out another community to live in.
Do you enjoy a social environment? Residents of independent living communities often say that the best part of living there is the people. Especially in a community like Collington, you’ll have the opportunity to be surrounded by a diverse group of people who are always looking to socialize and learn from those around them. Additionally, there are dozens of activities, clubs and committees to join so you’ll never be bored!
Are you looking to downsize? Independent living communities like Collington offer cottages, villas and apartments with a variety of floor plans. Whether you live alone or with a spouse, you can choose between 1, 2, or 3 bedroom homes. These communities also offer a variety of services like housekeeping, maintenance and repairs so you don’t have to spend your time worry about the upkeep of your home. You’re free to enjoy your life and spend your time doing the things that make you happy.
Do you want to avoid having to rely on family members should your health deteriorate? One of the biggest fears of many older people is that they will become a burden on their children or family members if they begin to need daily assistance. By moving into an independent living community early on, you will eliminate the worry and create peace of mind not only for yourself but for your family as well.
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then an independent living community may be a perfect fit for you. Now is a great time to start discussing a potential move with your family, take a few tours of communities that are of interest to you and speak with a financial advisor to find out how you can make this new goal happen. The best advice is to start your search early. Don’t wait until you are ready to move to begin the process, often times things like wait lists are involved so get a head start. You won’t regret it!
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