Feb 26, 2012 at 3:22 AM
Independent living for seniors has become a popular option for seniors who are healthy and active, but may not want to deal with the burden of keeping up a home. There are many different types of independent living options. Retirement villages, over 55 communities, and senior apartments are some of the most common types.
Many seniors who choose independent living would rather devote their time and energy to activities they enjoy rather than having to mow the lawn, clean out gutters, or deal with home repairs. This is why independent living has become so popular among seniors. In independent living communities, most of the property upkeep such as landscaping, maintenance, and chores like snow removal are taken care of by the community management. Seniors do not have to negotiate with contractors or put themselves at risk for injury performing home-maintenance tasks. In over 55 communities that consist of single-family homes, there can be restrictions on what a homeowner is allowed to do to their property. This does discourage some seniors from moving into an over 55 community, especially those that are used making changes to their home to suit them. However, many other seniors feel that the restrictions are only a minor inconvenience or a benefit.
Independent living communities have the advantage of its residents having more in common with each other than a typical development or community. Since all of the residents are of similar ages, and have similar socioeconomic status, many seniors find that they have more friends after moving into an over 55 community than they did living in their prior communities. Independent living communities have many activities and clubs in which residents can participate. Some common clubs found in an independent living community are photography, gardening and sewing. Almost any hobby that seniors frequently participate in can become an organized club in an independent living community. They may also have buildings specifically for residents to use, such as a community pool, game room, and gym. All of these activities and facilities are conveniently located, within the over 55 community, to be accessible to all residents.
An independent living community is a convenient way for seniors to enjoy their retirement without all the worry that typically comes with home ownership. While it is difficult to move away from the family home, the benefits of an independent living community far outweigh the difficulty in moving. It is understandable that having a home that is built with accessibility in mind and the community that understands the needs of retirees and seniors would be the most appealing living arrangement for many seniors.