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When is it Time to Consider Independent Living?

Not so long ago, getting older was not something many people looked forward to. Today that’s changed. Many people dream about the day they can retire.

If you’re over the age of 65, you may be thinking about how you want to spend your retirement years. More seniors are embracing the active lifestyle afforded by independent living.


How do you know when you’re ready to make a big decision like downsizing and moving?


Signs a Senior Is Ready for Change

Here are four signs you might be ready for a change and a transition to a senior living community.

  1. You’re tired of being a homeowner - It gets harder to take care of a home as you age. If you are tired of struggling to keep up with housework, the yard, and home maintenance, it makes sense to downsize sooner rather than later. Many older adults simply don’t need as much space as they used to. Downsizing can also improve your finances. Some retirees can add over $75,000 to their savings with the sale of their home, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  2. You’re thinking about your future – Right now, you may be in good health. However, what happens when you can no longer drive? How much longer do you want to be climbing the staircases at home? If you are wrestling with these type of “what-if” questions, it’s just might be time to consider your options for moving to a more supportive community environment. Seniors can live independently for as long as they are able to, or gradually transition to other levels of care.

  3. You want your social life back – Loneliness can set in as we age, particularly after divorce or the loss of a spouse. Signs of social isolation, including depression, moodiness, and weight gain or loss, mean it’s time for a change.  The prospect of meeting new people and forming new friendships is what drives many people to consider a senior living community.

  4. You’re budget-conscious – For seniors with limited retirement funds, the costs of remaining in their own homes are considerable. Expect to pay more than $170,000 a year should you need to hire an caretaker. Age-friendly home modifications can cost upwards of $25,000 for a single room. Money-savvy retirees are wise to look at senior housing options that include additional services in the monthly cost. These are valuable amenities like:

  • Meals

  • Transportation

  • Housekeeping

  • Social activities

  • Laundry

  • Health and medical services

  • Security and emergency monitoring 


Red Flags a Seniors Shouldn’t Be Living Alone

In some cases, a move to senior living may be a matter of safety. Warning signs that an older adult you love is no longer safe to live alone include:
  • Sudden weight loss or changes in eating patterns

  • Poor memory or difficulty communicating

  • Trouble keeping up with personal care

  • Forgetting to take medications or taking too much

  • Unexplained bruises or scratches, which may be the result of a fall

Making choices about your future or a senior loved one’s isn’t easy. It requires careful consideration. Taking the time to consider your preferences and options can help you and your senior loved one make an informed choice.


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Independent Living FAQs

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