Thinking about independent living in 2021?

What is independent living?

Many people look to make changes in the new year. This is no different for seniors considering independent living homes.

Independent living homes – sometimes called retirement communities or seniors’ living homes – are a good option for seniors and couples who can live alone safely, but don’t want to worry about tasks like home maintenance, housekeeping or cooking. Residents often have access to a wide range of activities and amenities offered by the residence.

Independent living homes can either exist as stand-alone residences or as part of a campus where different levels of support are offered at the same location (e.g., independent living, assisted living and long-term care). Some seniors prefer the experience of living in a stand-along independent living site, while others choose to live on campus so they can stay in one place as they age.

How do you choose an independent living home?

Prior to COVID-19 seniors exploring independent living would frequently participate in a tour before deciding which residence best suited their needs and lifestyle. In many cases, this would include a free meal, access to activities, or other offerings that would give the person a sense of what to expect from their new home.

Given the impacts of COVID-19, many independent living homes are now offering virtual tours to give potential residents a sense of what living at their residence would be like. You can ask about taking a tour by visiting any listing on Route 65 and clicking the “contact” button at the bottom of the page.

In addition to taking a tour (virtual or in-person), you may also want to ask to see a sample menu and recreation calendar. Other helpful questions to ask include:

  • What costs are included?
  • Can I bring my pet?
  • What does the move-in process look like?
  • What happens if I need more support than can be provided here?
  • How can I share feedback with staff?
  • What do your residents say about living here?

Read more about your options here.

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