There is a common misconception that retirement communities are only for long-term care. This is the main reason why many older adults don’t think about moving to a community until they really need care. But this can mean missing out on all the great benefits of living in a retirement community. Read on to learn more about what is independent living and why it is essential for an active retirement!
What Is Independent Living?
Independent living covers many types of housing options for older adults. There are age-restricted communities that provide housing only to those aged 55 and above. Many of these communities don’t offer care services.
Usually, residential communities offer an active lifestyle and freedom. You can find housing options like apartments, duplexes, cottages or villas, townhomes and condos in a range of floor plans.
Independent living services and amenities are created to make life easier and more convenient. Housekeeping, dining plans, security, and transportation services are common services. Amenities often include a fitness center, dining venues, pools, beauty and barber salons, art and craft rooms, and entertainment areas like game rooms, auditoriums, and movie theaters.
You will also find many different programs and activities to take part in, with a focus on improving your health and wellness. Fitness classes are adapted for older people and range from tai chi, chair yoga, and balance training to dancing, water aerobics, weight training and more. You will have opportunities for creative expression in music, art, and writing. Stay sharp through seminars, lectures, and classes offered by local colleges or lifelong learning institutes.
Why Choose Independent Living?
If you get the chance to talk to residents of retirement communities, many of them will tell you all the reasons they wish they had made the move sooner. Some common reasons include the following:
- Freedom and simplicity – They don’t have to do the household chores or maintain the house anymore. They don’t have to cook if they don’t want to. Now, they have the freedom to pursue new interests and do the things they love.
- Staying active – One thing you will hear often is that there is so much to do here that you can’t fit it all into your schedule. With so many opportunities here at your fingertips, you can be as busy as you want.
- Social connections – The problems that social isolation brings can be problematic for your physical and mental well-being. As a resident, you get to enjoy social opportunities all the time, from get-togethers to outings, clubs, and parties.
- Access to care – When you move into a retirement community, you have access to quality care by a professional team.
Experience Country Club At Woodland Hills
Country Club At Woodland Hills is an independent living community created with you and your health in mind. This is where you can live an active and independent life. We offer you the best by combining welcoming apartments, first-class amenities, engaging social activities as well as health and wellness programs for an active lifestyle. Feel free to contact us for more information!