4 advantages of independent living at a retirement community

If you’re like many older adults today, you’re looking for a new home that offers built-in conveniences and an engaging social life while still maintaining your sense of independence and choice.

That’s essentially the definition of independent living in a retirement community. Independent living means your choice of accommodation at a seniors’ residence—whether it be a studio, one- or two-bedroom suite with a kitchenette, an apartment with a full kitchen, or even a townhouses or bungalow onsite—is accompanied by a full complement of convenient services. Those services typically include 24-hour security, access to numerous leisure experiences and outings, as well as social opportunities on your very doorstep. Additional conveniences such as meal packages or housekeeping can also be on offer, sometimes at an additional fee.

Here are four key benefits of choosing an independent lifestyle at a Chartwell residence:

Opportunities to socialize

As we age, it can become more challenging to keep up friendships or establish new ones. Yet, feeling isolated or lonely is linked to poor physical and mental health outcomes.* Independent living at a seniors’ community offers built-in opportunities—usually at no extra cost—to get together with like-minded people through a calendar of diverse opportunities, such as gardening and book clubs, exercise and dance classes, music and movie events, and adult learning courses on just about anything.

No more chores

Independent living means freedom from previously onerous responsibilities, such as home maintenance projects, lawn and garden work, snow shoveling and cleaning. Many older adults move because those tasks have become challenging, time-consuming or expensive. Your retirement residence fee includes maintaining attractive garden and outdoor spaces, and many residences provide opportunities to work in the garden as well. An independent-living lifestyle can also offer several housekeeping and laundry options, which may be included or provided for an additional fee.

Peace of mind, 24/7

Independent living offers also freedom from worry for both you and your family. You come and go as you please, comfortable in the knowledge that staff are available 24/7 should you ever need them. The result is less stress and more enjoyment of the life you want to lead.

The option of Independent Supportive Living

Typically, an independent living lifestyle at a retirement residence attracts people who don’t require any additional support services, such as medication administration or help with routine tasks of daily living. However, if and when you decide you need more help, you can transition to what’s called “Independent Supportive Living,” a lifestyle option usually also offered at a retirement community.

Independent supportive living simply means adding more personal support services, available at additional cost. They can be offered by the residence staff, through government-funded home care agencies, or private-pay services, depending on which province you reside in. The great thing about moving into a retirement community that offers multiple lifestyle options is that if your needs change over time, you have the ability to get the additional services you need without the hassle of moving again.

Interested in exploring the many options you have for independent and independent supportive living at Chartwell? Visit our website today to learn more, or consider giving our Contact Centre a call at 1-855-461-0685.

The following sources provides references for this blog:
1. National Institute on Aging. “Social isolation, loneliness in older people pose health risks,” (April 2019), online: //www.nia.nih.gov/news/social-isolation-loneliness-older-people-pose-health-risks