When you reach your retirement years, you find yourself ready to sit back and enjoy that big, beautiful home you worked so hard to purchase. Yet without the kids, it may start feeling like too much space, and too much work. If you’re thinking about downsizing or changing your living arrangement, you may want to think about moving into a senior living community. While you may not need support services, moving into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) while you’re still healthy and active has several benefits that are often overlooked. Here are some of the reasons to make the switch to independent living at a CCRC.
1. Avoid the Problem of Loneliness
After a lifetime of school and work responsibilities, retirement can feel like an amazing freedom, yet it is also a major life change. Isolation and loneliness are major challenges for those 50 and older. Children are busy in their careers and raising their own families, while friends have often moved to live closer to family and coworkers are not yet at retirement age. Add to this the fact that 45% of seniors over the age of 65 are divorced, separated, or widowed, thus living alone, and you have the recipe for loneliness.
If you’re in this situation, or simply want to expand your social circle, then a senior community could be the answer. Moving to a senior living community means you are surrounded by people. From the staff to fellow residents, there is always someone to talk to and interact with. This can combat the problem of loneliness quite quickly. Plus, since you’re still young and active, you can spend your time exploring the surrounding area and finding events and activities to do with your new friends.
2. Eliminate the Time and Hassle of Home Maintenance
Do you really want to spend your retirement painting your home and mowing your lawn? When you live in a senior living community, maintenance is included in your monthly cost. You don’t have to do any repairs in your home or apartment and can focus on enjoying your retirement. If the air conditioner or stove break, they’ll be replaced without any frustration or cost on your part.
In a retirement community, you will be free of the many tedious tasks of home ownership and can spend your time discovering new interests or reviving the hobbies you didn’t have time for while you were working.
3. Have the Health to Enjoy Amenities
Many senior living communities are full of amenities. From education classes that will teach you new skills to yoga and other types of fitness classes, you will find plenty to do to keep you busy. Many communities also have pools, game rooms, water features, walking paths, gardens, and more.
While these activities are available to all, including those who require assistance, you’ll likely enjoy them more if you are still healthy. You are retired and have the time, why not make the move so you can also have the energy to fully enjoy the amenities of your new home?
4. Stop Having to Cook
Independent living homes have all the amenities you love in your current home, including a full kitchen, so you’re free to cook whenever you want – but you don’t have to. Often, cooking for one or two isn’t as enjoyable as it was to cook for your family or friends. Neither is cooking every evening when you’d rather spend your time in other pursuits.
When you move into a senior living community, you can enjoy gourmet meals served in a luxury dining setting. These foods are carefully designed for flavor and nutrition, so you can be confident that they will help you stay healthy and nourished without having to step foot in the kitchen.
5. Enjoy Regularly Planned Activities
Retirement means plenty of time, but sometimes you’ll find yourself struggling to know how to use that time. One of the benefits of moving to a senior living community is the many activities built into the day. In addition to the classes that are among the amenities you’ll enjoy, you may be offered excursions into town, live entertainment, inter-generational activities, pet therapy, and more. Activities directors work to ensure there’s always something fun on the calendar.
A lesser-known benefit of planned activities is the chance to try something new. Maybe there’s an activity you’ve always wanted to try that’s scheduled for next month, or a class on something you never considered learning before. You could find something you love that you wouldn’t have pursued without this opportunity.
6. Tackle the Move While You’re Healthy
There’s no denying that moving is a stressful experience. Packing, deciding what to keep and what to give away, and then making the actual move are all activities that require a lot of energy and stamina. If you add health problems to the mix, you may find it overwhelming. That may mean you would have to hire professional movers, which is not an ideal situation for your budget.
If you make the move while you’re still healthy, you have more control over the process and can tackle it head on. This gives you the freedom to do some of the work yourself, even if you use the pros for the hardest parts.
7. Enjoy Increased Safety
Older couples and seniors who live alone often fear what would happen if they had an accident at home. When you live in a senior living community, you have caring staff who will check in on you from time to time, even if you don’t yet need any help. Also, many have emergency call systems integrated into their apartment homes, so you can request help quickly if a problem arises. Chances are you won’t need these features any time soon, but you and your family will enjoy peace of mind knowing they are there.
If something does happen, you’re also more likely to receive the help you need quickly, which may help prevent further problems down the road.
8. Enjoy More Independence
If you’re hesitant to make the move to a retirement community because you fear giving up your independence, the truth is actually the opposite. This change gives you more independence, because you will no longer have to rely on your friends and family to help with things you are no longer able to do.
For example, many senior living communities offer regular transportation services that can take you shopping or drop you off at your doctor’s office. Since you will have staff ready to assist you, you won’t need to worry about contacting others to help. You can spend your time with your loved ones just enjoying them, not asking for their help.
9. Continuum of Care
Many retirement communities offer several levels of care. At Cypress of Charlotte, our Charlotte continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers independent living, memory care, assisted living, and skilled nursing. This means that even if you join our community as a healthy adult, you won’t have to move to a new community should you need more intensive care later on. The rest of your life will be worry-free, no matter the level of care you need, and you can stay with your new friends and our trusted staff as long as you need to.
Moving into a retirement home or luxury senior living community while you are still active and healthy is a smart choice. At The Cypress of Charlotte, we make it easy for you to make this decision, with our spacious independent living cottages that have all of the comforts of home. You’ll enjoy all the services, amenities and activities our senior living community has to offer. Take a virtual tour of Cypress of Charlotte or contact us today to see what senior living is like and why now is the right time to make this switch.