The decision to move to an independent living community may seem like a tough one, especially for those who still feel physically fit. Independent living communities are more than just care facilities. It's not necessary to wait until you're no longer capable of taking care of yourself before considering such a move, as independence is encouraged as far as possible.
At LifeStream at Sun City Retirement Community, independent living ensures our residents experience autonomy for as long as possible while enjoying all the benefits of senior communities. These benefits include:
Aging doesn't have to happen in isolation. An independent living community allows people along the same journey to meet and socialize without having to leave the premises. There are plenty of gathering spaces and outdoor areas where residents can meet up for some board games and a cup of coffee. These communities provide the ideal backdrop for firm friendships to be formed. Independent living communities may also arrange on-site activities such as fitness classes, art circles and Bible study.
For active seniors who like exploring their environment, group outings are arranged. These can include hikes in the nearby New River Trailhead to Scotland Yard or a round of golf at one of the nearby courses. There's also the opportunity to attend cultural events such as theater productions. These events are always more fun when you get to share them with friends.
In an independent living community, everything is designed to make residents' lives easier. There are wide corridors, plenty of seating space and enough staff to ensure residents are well cared for. For residents who may have minor mobility restrictions, an independent living environment can provide much-needed autonomy as they can move around in different areas with the help of mobility aids.
Many of the needed amenities are also on-site, which reduces the need to drive to several destinations to get certain needs met.
In an independent living environment, the staff is available to assist with personal care tasks during the various stages of elder care. Those who need very little assistance may only require some help with medication management. A personalized care plan ensures each resident receives the level of care they need, whether it's permanent or temporary.
A move to an independent living community means never having to climb that ladder to clear out gutters again. The community employs staff to ensure all the maintenance needs are attended to. The maintenance team also looks after the maintenance needs inside the apartments or homes to ensure everything remains in good shape.
Housework and linen are also often taken care of by the independent living community staff. Some communities even offer laundry service. This means residents have more time to enjoy their golden years. While residents may have to take care of some chores, there's also an option to pay for additional housekeeping services.
Imagine a world where you don't have to think about what to cook for 365 days a year, three times a day. Independent living communities often have on-site cooks or chefs who take care of all the meals, including snacks. Meal plans can also work in conjunction with personal care plans if the resident has certain goals or health restrictions. You also get to enjoy meals together in the dining halls.
Independent living communities often have registered nurses on site to assist residents with their medical needs. Other health professionals who may visit the community for routine checkups include general practitioners, podiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists and optometrists.
When you live on your own, you may have to travel to experience different amenities. However, independent living communities often include several amenities on-site for convenience, such as:
There are many reasons loved ones may feel worried for senior relatives who are on their own. These may include accidents, medical care or simply being worried that your loved one is lonely. Independent living communities allow great peace of mind in several ways:
The level of care and security amenities will change from one community to another and may change according to the level of care and types of care offered.
Safety is an important consideration when choosing an independent living community. Many offer additional safety features that may not always be available at home — for instance, access control, round-the-clock monitoring or emergency call buttons.