We all have to make the decision one day: what to do with our loved ones as they age? With an estimated 14.1 million people expected to be living over the age of 85 by 2040, it’s a choice that we’ll all be eventually faced with. It’s not a choice any of us take lightly.
Our families have sacrificed and cared for us most of their lives. We want them to be happy, healthy, and to participate in a much-deserved break.
There are multiple senior housing options to choose from, but it all depends on what is right for you and your loved ones. If you have space and time, some people open up their own homes to their parents or other family members. Depending on the daily care required, this isn’t always an option, though.
Another viable option is assisted living. This type of senior living community is often best for those who can mostly function independently day-to-day but may need extra help and care more frequently than you can provide.
Another option is independent housing. Unlike assisted living, members who join these communities are mostly on their own. Some assistance in cleaning or food preparations may be provided, but often, as the name suggests, it is all about independence.
Here are five reasons why an independent living facility is a decision you and everyone else in your family can be happy and comfortable with.
- Sense of Community: When deciding on what type of senior living facility is the best for your loved ones, one of the most important things to consider is the type of community available. Independent living facilities foster community bonds much like a neighborhood. A Pew Research study done in 2015 found that 12% of seniors use some type of dating site or app. Just because our loved ones are older doesn’t mean they don’t have active and healthy social lives. When your loved one becomes a part of an independent living community, their vibrant social lives not only continue, they thrive.
- Care Where Needed: Independent living is not assisted living. Still, there is often help available just like anywhere else. Maybe your mom or dad needs help with groceries once a week. Perhaps cleaning a house or an apartment is just too much these days. Independent living is the best of both worlds: independence and helping hands.
- Fewer Chores for You and Your Family: Anyone taking care of an aging parent who does not want to leave their own home, knows the time and labor that goes into caring for not only the loved one but their house. If you find yourself cleaning your own home and then your parent’s home once a week, it becomes one home too many. Home maintenance is an ongoing chore and responsibility. For an aging loved one, such maintenance may not be possible for them anymore. Yet, they don’t need around the clock care either. If this is your situation, independent living may be for you.
- Financially Viable: With retirement, the money just doesn’t come in like it used to. Even with great social security or a pension, your loved one may be having problems making ends meet. If you find yourself picking up the slack more than you can afford, independent living may help the situation. The homes or apartments or often smaller than perhaps your family home was or is. Since they are in a community, they are also rated so that you can pick and choose the one that best fits the budget.
- Peace of Mind In Case of Emergencies: Perhaps our greatest fear when it comes to our aging loved ones is that when an emergency takes place there will be no one around to help. With many members in one community and multiple helpers and workers doing daily tasks, you can rest a little easier knowing that someone is within quick reach when the need arises.
Check out the independent living options at Lakeland Hills Senior Living in Dallas, Texas today! You won’t be disappointed.