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Ready for Independent Living? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

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As you age, it’s not uncommon for the idea of significant changes to become more challenging. The thought of making changes to your living arrangement can require substantial consideration. Losing your independence and leaving the home you’re familiar with can be stressful. However, sometimes the choice doesn’t have to be a challenging one. Independent living allows older adults to eliminate homeowner responsibilities while still maintaining freedom and independence.

How do you know if you’re ready for such a big change? With these five questions to ask about independent living facilities you can learn what’s important to you and determine if now is the right time to take the leap and start the next chapter of your retirement:

  1. How easy is it for you to maintain your current home?
    While maintaining your home may have been something you enjoyed over the years, it’s important to acknowledge your limitations as you age. If you have a multilevel home, a large yard, or a lot of unused space, you might find it cumbersome to maintain on your own. Home-maintenance costs can add up over time, especially if you hire people to help maintain your property. As an empty nester, you might realize you would prefer a space that doesn’t require much maintenance or upkeep, like an independent living apartment.
  2. Have you recently lost your spouse or significant other?
    Life can change quickly. One day your house is full with your children, pets and spouse, and the next, you find yourself living alone in a large, empty house. It’s not uncommon to feel lonely if you live alone as you age. Independent living is structured to promote socialization and interaction between residents. When thinking of questions to ask about independent living facilities, find out about any services or programming designed to help you stay social and mentally stimulated.
  3. How is your overall health?
    If you’re in good health, now is the perfect time to consider independent living. Instead of waiting until your health declines, you could start enjoying a maintenance-free lifestyle now. The services, activities and emphasis on overall well-being at an independent living community can help you maintain your health and independence longer. Plus, many senior living communities offer varying levels of senior care that can support your needs if your health changes in the future.
  4. How easy is it for you to get around?
    Your existing home may be in an area that requires you to drive to attend social activities, visit family or friends, or go shopping. As you age, you might find it more challenging to drive, especially at night, and so you might rely on public transportation or family members to help you get around. Independent living offers many on-site amenities that give you access to the things you need without ever leaving the campus. Also, some independent living communities provide scheduled transportation options to make it easier to attend doctor appointments and other outside activities.
  5. Would you like more time to follow your passions?
    As you age, the responsibilities of everyday life can start to take their toll. Paying bills, grocery shopping, yard maintenance and dusting can make it hard to find time for anything else. In your retirement, you should be spending your time doing whatever makes you the happiest. Independent living grants you the opportunity to pursue your interests, hobbies and new ventures in a safe and supportive environment. When thinking of questions to ask about independent living facilities, find out what hobbies are available to explore. It might be a good time to take up painting, focus on your fitness goals, learn to cook or create an herb garden.

Change can be scary at any age, but when it gives you the chance to embrace all retirement has to offer, you should give it some serious thought. Do your research and come up with questions to ask about independent living facilities. Find independent living communities that match your interests and goals for yourself, now and well into the future.

Explore Independent Living Options in Bedford, Texas

You’ll feel the Parkwood difference from your first visit to our independent living community in Bedford, TX. Our independent living community doesn’t just offer comfortable living accommodations with access to life-enriching services and amenities, but also a true plan for your future.

Find out why so many older adults call Parkwood home. Schedule a tour of our beautiful campus and learn more about our independent living community.