All of us wish to lead a rich and fulfilling life for as long as possible, and seniors are no exception as well. For many of us, being independent gives us a feeling of self-esteem and competence. However, as we start getting on in years, we may begin noticing that some of our skills are no longer as good or as reliable as they used to be. This can cause our self-esteem to take a nosedive and impact our mental and emotional health.
To cope with such feelings, moving into an independent living community might be just what we need. We’ll get to enjoy freedom and independence, mingle and socialize with people and participate in activities that are suitable for our abilities. Here are some reasons why independent living is good for seniors’ mental health.
Lesser Bills to Manage
Some responsibilities of homeownership include managing bill payments for taxes, utilities and insurance. These payment due dates can be difficult and overwhelming to keep up with, and can be embarrassing for you or your loved ones if they missed the payment date. This could even lead to a loss of self-esteem. Moving into independent living communities can help to spare oneself from further embarrassment as their living costs are combined into one bill, making it easier to keep track.
Receive Medical Help When Needed
Most self-sufficient seniors only require medical assistance occasionally, or may not even need any help at all. However, it can provide peace of mind to you or your loved ones when help is easily available and medical emergencies can be handled immediately by the community’s on-site medical care team.
Community of Friends
Loneliness and feelings of isolation is a common problem among many seniors. When you or your loved ones move into an independent living community, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of staying in a private residence but have opportunities to participate in communal activities such as social gatherings. You can invite your friends out for lunch and dinner, organize game nights, as well as forge new friendships with other residents! In comparison to staying alone, living in an independent living community can provide you with many opportunities for socialization.
No Need for Home Maintenance
Keeping up with homeownership-related responsibilities such as home maintenance can become more difficult as we age since maintenance tasks such as lawn care can be dangerous and require physical strength. Although you or your loved ones may not be ready to let go of the freedom of an independent lifestyle, being freed from the responsibilities of homeownership can improve your overall mental state. In an independent living community, these arduous tasks and responsibilities will be taken care of by the staff. You’ve worked hard for many years and you shouldn’t have to fret about having to keep your home in tip-top condition.
Independent Living at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf
Independent living might be the path forward if you wish to have your own living space but do not want to be encumbered by household chores. You also value the freedom and independence of living on your own, but feel assured that you’ll have immediate access to medical care when you need it. If you’re thinking of moving into an independent living community, we warmly invite you to tour our grounds and learn more about the exclusive senior living programs we offer at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf – you won’t be disappointed! Schedule a tour with us today.