An independent living community can open up a larger world to you in retirement than you would ordinarily find by living at home. You’ll have more options and less responsibility – so you can get back to the things you really enjoy – and new friends to enjoy them with.
The nuts & bolts: a modern independent living community typically offers these features:
- A choice of living options including apartments, cottages, condominiums and/or even single-family homes in some cases
- Restaurant-style dining with one to three chef-prepared meals daily
- Basic housekeeping and laundry services
- Transportation to appointments and errands
- Wellness programs
- A range of educational, social and enrichment programs, activities and outings
- Amenities such as a pool, wellness center, onsite beauty and barber salon
What about the intangibles that make life more enjoyable?
When you choose a modern independent living community, you give yourself a ticket to more freedom, peace of mind, and enjoyment. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect to find:
A vibrant atmosphere
Think of them like a college campus or vacation resort, with lots of things going on and multiple choices for engagement and connection. Residents often say they feel energized just greeting neighbors each morning. Special events, classes, programs and more—you decide how busy you want to be.
While you might be used to the familiarity of living at home, you’ll appreciate how rewarding it can be to live in an atmosphere that inspires you to do even more.
A life free of daily worries
Imagine…no more waking up in the morning and facing the challenges of roof repair, housecleaning, or servicing appliances. In an independent living community, you have a dedicated staff whose sole purpose is to keep things in working order for you. That leaves you time to learn Tai Chi, meet with pals for coffee, visit a local gallery or tackle that list of bestsellers you’ve never had time for before.
You’ve worked hard to be able to enjoy retirement. Independent living frees you to do just that.
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The keys to lifelong wellness
It’s not easy motivating yourself to start exercising and eating right when you’re on your own, living at home. Falling into an unhealthy routine is just too easy. But imagine having top-notch fitness equipment and resources just down the hall, as well as others who share your goals and want to work out with you. Not to mention nutritious dining, healthy socializing, mental stimulation, and much more. Strategies for healthy aging are key to life in an independent living community.
Confidence and control
Many older adults worry if they move into senior living, they’ll have to give up their independence and follow rigid schedules. Nothing could be further from the truth. Independent living is dedicated to just that: freeing you to be as active, involved, and engaged as you choose. You set your schedule. You choose your level of involvement. When you live in an environment that fulfills your every need, you’re inspired to embrace your independence as never before.
A feeling of family
At St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor, we like to say our residents are engaged with the present and at peace with the future. Here, you are part of a loving family of friendly neighbors and a professional staff dedicated to making every day a great day. And because we offer a continuum of care—independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation—assistance will be available, from people you know, where you already feel at home. That means seamless access to future care options.
Expect a great lifestyle in an independent living community
Great amenities, convenient services, friends and fun, a focus on wellness and more: make the choice that works for you.