Choosing an independent living community is a very important life decision. Not only will you be deciding where you will start to call home, but you are also essentially designing the lifestyle that will be best for you. Every community will have different services, amenities, and activities and it can be hard to pick and choose the things that truly matter to you.
The first thing you should prioritize is the apartment or space that you will be occupying. For most people, you will be spending a majority of your day in your own home resting, cooking, or entertaining other people. For others, it is important that your home meets your unique needs like community pet guidelines or if you have mobility issues and require wheelchairs or walking aids.
Community Engagement and Social Activities
Many seniors choose to enter an independent living community in order to escape the social isolation of living alone. If that is one of your main concerns, it is important to make sure that your independent living community has many opportunities and events for you to engage with other residents.
If you have specific interests like working out or gardening, it is crucial that your community has amenities that will allow you to have easy access to the activities you enjoy. Make sure that you have a clear understanding of what features there are on-site and how much access that you have to it. Common amenities that are generally included are libraries, fitness centers, nail and hair salons, and swimming pools.
Housekeeping and Maintenance
Wanting to avoid the burden of household chores, maintenance and other lifestyle responsibilities is one of the primary reasons why older adults choose to enter a senior living community. Whether it is regular room cleanings, laundry services, lawn maintenance, or general housekeeping, it is important that you ask all the necessary questions about what services will be available to you. More importantly, it is also crucial that you check if there are any additional costs when you do decide to engage these services.
As we grow older, it is important to watch what we eat. Whether you have dietary restrictions, living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, or have any other dietary preferences, it is important that your independent living community is able to cater for your nutritional needs. On top of this, there should also be options to invite your loved ones over for meals or possibly opportunities for you to cook within your own apartment.
Enjoy Your Golden Years with Veranda Club
If you or your loved one is considering an independent living option, you might be still struggling with your checklist. The best way for you to make a decision is to make a trip down and schedule a tour to take a look at our beautiful grounds. If you have any other questions or hesitations, it can also be helpful to talk to a senior living coordinator to better make up your mind.
Whenever you are ready to take the next step, you can contact us by filling in this online form or by calling 561.332.4698.