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Top Four Reasons to Move to an Independent Living Facility

by Amanda Fornecker

There are many different reasons why retired adults decide to move into an Independent Living facility. Before making any specific decisions, however, be sure to explore all your options. Seek out the perfect fit for you or your loved one by considering these four advantages to moving to an Independent Living facility.

1. Neighbors.
At an independent living facility, you'll meet lots of people your age since these communities are usually for retired adults. There's a whole socializing aspect behind these retirement communities that can help improve the quality of life for those who are tired of living in the larger-scale home they've lived in for years and years. The neighbors you meet will become the friends you see regularly at all the events and activities the independent living facility has to offer.

2. Activities.
Think of an independent living facility as an upscale college campus. There's lots to do and many clubs and activities to join. With various meeting, group activities, and frequent classes, you'll be able to socialize and get to learn something you may have always wanted to know. The best part of this is that you may choose to be involved as much or as little as you'd like because it is independent living. The possibilities for involvement are endless.

3. Security and Freedom.
Since an independent living facility is one in which you may live in your own apartment while enjoying more social interaction, you can come and go as you please. This gives you the opportunity to still live like you would have at your previous house, going on vacations as you please. At the same time, independent living facilities have security services that create a safe community and place to live so there's never a reason to feel like your personal belongings will not be secure while you're away or even late at night.

4. Household Help.
Many retired adults choose to move to an independent living facility because they no longer desire to take care of that big house that once housed their larger family. All that space is no longer necessary. In addition to downscaling, many independent living facilities offer cleaning and dining services, on top of landscaping. It'll give you the opportunity to really take advantage of your free time as a retired adult, rather than keeping you chained to daunting household chores.

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My mother-in-law has just decided to go into a retirement home in her home town. We will be keeping the family home until such time as she is ready to give it up, to give her the freedom to come home should she decide it's not for her. We are looking for advice on how to prepare her for this transition. What furniture and furnishings she should take, etc, are decisions we'll be making soon? Anyone have any good advice or recommendations for us? I thank you in advance.
by Gail Gowin submitted on Jan 23, 2010

Gail, You may want to check out an upcoming BlogTalkRadio.com special, "How to Deal with your Aging Parents' Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff," from our friend Dale Carter, who writes TransitionAgingParents.com.
by Gina LaGuardia submitted on Jan 25, 2010



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