It’s getting harder to manage the stairs at home. Or you’re fed up with looking after your yard. Or you’re lonely living on your own. Or you’re just feeling stuck where you are in your life right now.
You’re thinking it might be time to consider a move.
It’s not that you’re eager to leave your current place. It holds some special memories for you. And you know that moving won’t be as easy as when you were young. Still, staying put and “aging in place” doesn’t really sound all that appealing either.
But where to move to? You’ve heard of “independent living”, but you’re not really sure what it is. It sounds about right, seeing as how you can look after yourself just fine and the real reason you’re thinking of moving is to enjoy life more.
Simply put, independent living is any housing arrangement designed exclusively for older adults. It may take the form of an apartment or a townhouse or a single detached house. It’s usually designed to be friendly to aging adults, more compact, easy to get around, and free of hassles like maintenance and yard work.
Independent living services and amenities vary greatly from community to community. Lower-cost apartments may be fairly modest in what they offer, whereas higher-end communities may offer access to things like a fitness centre, onsite spa, swimming pool, or even a golf course.
Communities may also offer dining facilities and/or a meal plan, even though residents do their own cooking for the most part.
Since independent living residents need little or no assistance with day-to-day activities, medical and nursing care aren’t provided, although home help can often be purchased on an as-needed basis.
In order to figure out whether a particular independent living arrangement is right for you, consider the following questions:
Generally speaking, people who move to independent living are making a lifestyle choice. That said, it’s important to consider what your future needs might be as you get older. Factor that in when deciding which community is a good fit for you.
But what if you have adult children who think you should reconsider your decision to move to independent living? Maybe they’re telling you things like “You’re not that old” or “You don’t need care. Why move to a retirement community? It’s not time yet.”
First of all, remember that this is your decision.
Then consider why your children may not be keen on you moving to independent living.
You can explain your reasons for moving to independent living, but if you feel your adult child isn’t coming around to your point of view, remind yourself that it’s not necessary to convince them. Don’t let them talk you out of your carefully-considered decision over something that – once you boil things down – is more of an issue for them than it is for you.
At Tea and Toast, we know retirement communities in the Ottawa area inside and out and can find one that fits your needs, desires, and budget. Plus, we save you stress. And time. (On average, we save people 80 hours searching for a suitable retirement community.) Contact us.
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