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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

9 reasons seniors should embrace a move to Independent Living

What’s your definition of a great retirement? Most people have been looking forward to a life where they can let go of some of the responsibilities of careers and raising a family. Now that it’s near, it’s exciting to think the time waiting ahead is yours to fill.

If you’re considering relocating your home to an Independent Living community, you may have an even bigger surprise waiting.

While everyone has their own preferences or inclinations, retirees who have already made their move can tell you there are at least 9 entries that make everyone’s highlight list. If you’re considering where to live your best life, these recommendations might help make up your mind:

1. Life on your own terms

You want it all and Independent Living can help make that happen. You’ll have total freedom to come and go and will still be making all of your own decisions. Take the international trip or go visit the grandkids without worrying about the house you’re leaving behind.

After reaching the retirement milestone, you have no intention of shortchanging your life or settling for less. You’ll not only decide where to live but how - and your search will be based on which community can support the idea that quality of life is at the top of your list.

2. Life surrounded by friends

You’ll finally have the time to socialize more. Look for a community that offers a full social calendar and planned events so you can take advantage of the opportunities. Imagine taking a pottery class with your neighbors, having a leisurely lunch with your best friend or meeting up for coffee after a wonderful lecture.

Independent Living can make all of that possible by providing the possibilities to naturally create these relationships. It’s not always easy if you don’t have the right circumstances but community living can almost guarantee you’ll be making lots of friends.

3. An active life

Speaking of that social calendar, you may not have realized how nice it is to have someone else put the effort in to organize and make everything happen. What’s left for you to do? Just take a look each month and start signing up.

Will it be sharing a cultural or social event with your friends? Attending a guest lecture you’ve been looking forward to or taking in a movie? Most programs are available on-site but don’t overlook the scheduled trips to other events, complete with provided transportation.

4. A life enjoying amenities

Would you like to walk out your front door and into a well-equipped exercise room, which includes a trainer to get you off on the right foot? Or how about a yoga class or an early morning swim in a heated pool?

Whether you enjoy a quiet afternoon in the library, taking a long walk or catching a shuttle for some well-deserved shopping, you’ll want to make sure the community you’re considering has first-class amenities and enough possibilities for everyone to find what they’re looking for.

5. A maintenance-free life

One of the top benefits most residents enjoy is having more time to do the activities they want. You may not have realized that there are more hours available in a day until you move into an Independent Living community.

They can’t actually change the clock of course, but you will discover so much extra time when you live a maintenance-free life. No more shoveling snow, mowing grass or fixing yet another home-ownership problem. The community takes care of everything.

6. Life without traffic

You may still be in traffic, but you won’t have to deal with the frustration of driving. If you still enjoy having a car, you’re welcome to bring it along with you. But many residents find they are more than happy to leave the driving up to someone else.

Make sure to ask the community you’re considering whether they offer scheduled transportation and to what type of events, such as medical appointments or social activities. You may discover another style of freedom when you no longer have to navigate the roadways or find a parking space.

7. A healthy and nutritious life

Are you tired of cooking? It’s fun to make a special meal when the holidays or a gourmet streak hits, but after a lifetime of deciding what’s for dinner, for many the kitchen is not their favorite room.

If you’re ready to take a break, Independent Living can offer another great advantage and that’s their dining programs. Not only is the food delicious, but it should be nutritious as well. Look for a community who offers choices from casual to more formal dining and great menu options.

8. A life safe and secure

There is comfort and security when you live in a retirement community. Living among others can offer the best of both worlds when it comes to a perfect situation. You’ll have your privacy but can also feel safe and know that your home is secured even if you leave for vacation.

Search for a community that offers property security and assistance 24/7, as well as an emergency response system, secured parking and concierge services.

Independent Living can’t take away all the stress of life but you may be surprised at just how freeing it can be. You’ll enjoy no longer having the responsibility for your home’s upkeep or worrying about whether you can find the right repairman.

There’s also comfort in knowing you are easily supported in living a healthy, physically active and socially connected life. And that it’s all waiting right outside of your door. You’ll have the advantages of your home but know that help is nearby if you ever need it.

Ingleside at King Farm Independent Living

At King Farm, you’ll find a warm and welcoming community to serve as your landing base for an amazing retirement life. We have everything you need - from a variety of dining options, scheduled transportation, indoor heated pool and art studio. All within walking distance from your beautiful apartment home.

You’ll enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and be surrounded by our top-of-the-line amenities and social activities. To make it even better, you’ll find a great group of new friends to share and enrich this wonderful time in life.

Call (240) 455-4582 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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