Thinking about moving at any point in your life presents a major challenge. However, when planning for independent living as an active adult, you may feel overwhelmed. While you have multiple options for living on your own in communities with other seniors, the terms used can become confusing. And, unless you know what each type of housing includes, you could end up in a place that does not make you happy. Therefore, as with any housing choice, part of the planning process should include thorough research into your options.
Know Which Options You Have Available
Before doing anything else, educate yourself on the various forms of independent living that you can choose from. Generally, this category includes various forms of housing for seniors and who don’t need regular medical care. In fact, independent living gives you the chance to live close to other active adults. Unlike assisted care centers, most independent living facilities do not offer medical care on-site. Your options include the following:
- Freestanding home communities
- Townhome communities
- Continuing care retirement communities
First, you have apartments and other similar forms of smaller homes in a single building or complex. If you want a small space that doesn’t require the extra expense and time to care for a lawn, these are perfect options. Since other seniors live there, you likely won’t wake up to your neighbor’s baby crying in the middle of the night.
Another option if you have a spouse and want more space than an apartment is a community of freestanding homes or townhomes. Some of these facilities give you space for a small garden while others do not have lawns that require attending.
Lastly, you have continuing care retirement communities (CCRC). These communities group together independent living facilities and assisted care facilities into a single area. You can live in the same neighborhood or community even if your care needs change.
Explore Amenities of Your Preferred Type of Independent Living
Some facilities offer options like transportation and community functions. These features are ideal if you are open to meeting new friends or finding a love interest. If you have recently relocated to your independent living community, these programs can make it easier to meet new people in the area. However, if you currently have a large social circle, these social amenities may not be as critical for you.
Major considerations when planning for independent living are your current and future medical state. Do you or your partner have any medical concerns that may cause a need for future care or assistance? If you do, consider CCRC as a location. Moving to a facility with a higher level of care in these communities does not require leaving the area. You can simply change the building you live in to get the extra care that you or your spouse need.
How active do you want to remain? If you love hiking, consider facilities near nature trails. Perhaps you prefer swimming or tennis. Then, look for an independent living facility that offers a pool or tennis courts. While there are many options to choose from, you are not alone in your search for a facility to meet your needs.
Partner with an Expert in Planning for Independent Living
If you need a partner in finding housing for active adults such as yourself, call us at S3Living at 833.405.0263. We specialize in only senior housing for independent seniors. Because our expertise lies in helping our clients with their planning for independent living, we can help you to find the perfect location to live where you can remain active and make your golden years some of the best years of your life.