Sometimes the more you know about a topic, the more confusing it can be, especially when there are so many options to consider. Take retirement living. You are ready to consider a carefree, fulfilling lifestyle for this exciting chapter in your life—but is independent living right for you?
At St. Mark Village, we are here to answer your questions about all our lifestyle options.
Understanding your retirement choices: what Independent Living is, and is not
Independent living is a community of apartments, cottages, condominiums and/or single-family homes for residents who don’t need assistance with daily activities or skilled nursing, but who are active, mobile and desire convenience, less responsibility, senior-friendly surroundings and increased social opportunities.
In other words, if you are successfully living independently now, and require no or little assistance, you would most likely feel comfortable in an independent living setting. You’re a good candidate for independent living if:
- Your health is generally good
- You can get around by yourself without 24-hour assistance
- You can manage your own medications
- You can make your doctor’s appointments, and handle other daily concerns
(Residents of independent living can use third-party home health services for personal care needs, medication management, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy.)
Who would not be a good candidate for independent living?
Independent living is not designed for those with cognitive challenges or chronic health conditions that require ongoing healthcare. In these cases, assisted living or memory care are better choices.
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What do you get in Independent Living?
Here are just a few of the benefits you receiving when you choose independent living as your retirement option:
Social interaction. You choose how social you want to be. Have lunch with your neighbor, join an exercise class, go with the group on a special outing to a nearby attraction, join the walking club, or just relax in your apartment for some downtime. It’s up to you. Even introverts can flourish in independent living because they can opt for privacy, or healthy socializing every day of the year.
Peace of mind. Even as healthy and active as you may be, it’s reassuring to know that a professional staff is available when you are feeling under the weather. Continuous health monitoring ensures that you are in an environment geared for your health and wellness.
In fact, no matter where you reside at St. Mark Village, you benefit from the support, focus on total wellness sand strong social network that can lead to increased longevity. And, you have the promise of seamless access to future care options.
Learning & Inspiration. You’re ready to learn new things, whether it’s a new hobby, new way to get in shape, new ways to enjoy the company of others, or whatever you choose. Independent living is filled with activities, classes, lectures, games, contests, celebrations, special events, outings, book clubs, discussion groups and more. If curiosity and choice both matter to you, independent living is a good fit.
Newfound freedom. With no worries of home upkeep or daily chores, you are free to live as you choose. As relaxed, or fast-paced as suits you. This is your time to finally embrace long-held aspirations, use your wisdom to mentor others, explore new avenues of creativity and self-expression, and foster deeper relationships with friends and family. As we say at St. Mark Village, create the lifestyle you’ve always wanted, and start living the good life today.
What do you give up in Independent Living?
Housekeeping. Chores. Repairs. Door-to-door salespeople. Leaky roofs. Dining alone. Boredom. Worries about security. Boring meals. Anxiety over the future. Hum-drum days.
In independent living at St. Mark Village, you are part of a loving family that inspires you to enjoy all the perks of carefree senior living. We highly recommend it!
Ready to enjoy your retirement?
If independent living feels like the right fit for you, it might be time to explore the opportunities available to you. At St. Mark Village, we welcome your interest.