Is Independent Senior Living Right for You?

As you get age, you might start to think about relocating to a senior living community to simplify your lifestyle and get rid of day-to-day chores that have become more difficult over time. Independent senior living communities are a great way to make your life more manageable for yourself, and your family. Independent living can help you fully enjoy your everyday life without sweating the small stuff.

When the time comes to decide what the next phase of your life looks like, weighing your options can get overwhelming. As you explore your options, consider the questions below.

· Is it difficult to maintain your current home?

Maintaining a home can be exhausting, especially as you age. Think about what it takes to keep your home running smoothly. Do you have a large yard that requires a lot of regular maintenance? Is shoveling your driveway during the winter becoming especially difficult? How about day to day chores like cooking, cleaning and laundry? Even if you hire help to take care of these chores, those costs can add up quickly — other options may be more affordable. In an independent senior living community, residents enjoy manageable apartments and receive help maintaining them. You also won’t have to worry about shoveling any driveways or mowing any lawns. Not to mention you’ll get to enjoy other amenities such as cooked meals, free entertainment, fitness classes and wellness services.

· Is your health, or your spouse’s health, beginning to cause problems?

Speaking of wellness services, you should consider how you, or your spouse’s health, affects your daily life. If you’re forgetting to take your medication or your health is interfering with your day-to-day tasks, an independent senior living community could improve your lifestyle. These communities are staffed with trained professionals that can provide help when needed so you can live peacefully.

· Do you want a more active social life?

As you age, you might find it harder to get out of the house because it’s become more difficult to walk or drive. Regular social interaction is important for your health and isolation can cause greater risk of depression or other mental health issues. Independent senior living communities offer various events and activities for their residents that can help reinvigorate your social life.

· Do you have trouble getting around?

If you’re growing weary of driving, or you’d just rather not deal with hassle of driving and the expenses that come with car ownership, consider transportation when thinking about relocating. Like many independent senior living communities, Summit Pointe offers free transportation for all of their residents’ needs. If you’d rather keep your car, we offer garages for residents as well.

Consider all of your senior living options

When thinking about the next stage of your life, it’s important to consider all of your options in order to choose the option that will best fit your lifestyle. If you’re only experiencing the need for minor assistance and want to rid yourself of daily chores and revitalize your social life, an independent senior living community may be the right fit.

Summit Pointe Senior Living is an independent living community in Marion, Iowa. However, we offer more than just independent living, we offer many levels of care from independent to assisted to memory care, which means if your needs change you won’t have to move buildings or communities.

Our goal is to encourage vibrant, active lifestyles in an all-inclusive setting for all of our community members. Schedule a tour today and we can help you weigh all of your options.