December 30, 2020
Seniors want to get the most out of their golden years. This includes having the resources they need to stay active for years to come. The place they call home can help support that wish. But which is best—independent living or staying at home? While many factors affect this decision, it’s important for seniors to know all that each option involves. Many seniors are surprised at how much freedom independent living truly provides. From gaining more time to do what they love to the social benefits, here are a few reasons seniors choose independent living in Dallas and call it home.
Many seniors choose to move out of the family home because it becomes a burden to maintain. They’re tired of lawn care or home repairs. Or factors, like stairs in the home, may start to raise safety concerns. Aging.com says seniors often have a sense of relief when they no longer have to worry about keeping up a home.
Moving to independent living community also gives seniors the gift of time. They’ve likely spent years doing chores at home. Now, retirement should be a time to relax. Independent senior living takes care of some household tasks for them. For example, Signature Pointe offers three meals a day. It also provides housekeeping twice a month. Additionally, residents can enjoy beautiful outdoor spaces without being the one to maintain them.
Seniors who live alone may slowly become less active. It can be a hassle to drive to multiple activities. Or they may avoid certain activities because they don’t want to get hurt. If there’s an emergency, they often don’t have someone close by to help.
On the other hand, independent living communities keep seniors active. They have many choices every day to keep senior living residents engaged. The CDC says this routine physical activity is key to senior health. It’s been shown to improve strength and stamina. This can reduce the risk of falls. It also benefits mental well-being. And it reduces the risk of several common health conditions.
Finances matter when it comes to choosing where to live. But the cost of rent or a mortgage isn’t the only factor. Seniors should consider the overall value they get from each option. The American Seniors Housing Association says the true costs of staying at home can quickly add up. As a result, independent living communities might be just as affordable.
When reviewing costs, be sure to include all of the amenities. With one monthly fee, independent living includes utilities and transportation help. Seniors save on food. They may also save on activity fees. And they don’t have the costs of ongoing home repairs. Most importantly, worrying less about multiple bills or sudden expenses can be priceless.
Another reason many choose independent living communities is the social benefits. The AARP says these senior living communities are best for those who want to live among peers. Often, seniors enjoy being around those with similar interests and life experiences. Communities provide ample chances for this type of social interaction. And all residents have to do is step right outside their door.
Even more, an unexpected social benefit might be improved family dynamics. Seniors often want to avoid constant check-ins from children or other loved ones. Independent living communities helps take away any worries loved ones may have about caregiving or help with home upkeep. Instead, it allows families to have fun together and simply enjoy each other’s company.
Overall, seniors chose independent living because it gives them the best of both worlds. They don’t need much help with self-care or health. And they want the freedom to enjoy new adventures. These senior living communities create a vacation-like setting where they can just that.
If they want to be social, they have built-in activities. If they want to be alone, they have the privacy of their own home. In the event of an emergency, they feel safe knowing help is nearby. All of this combines to empower seniors and provide peace of mind. Independent living allows them to enjoy life with confidence.
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There are many reasons seniors choose independent living in Dallas to call home. Signature Pointe gives you freedom and flexibility to enjoy your senior years.
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