Moving out of your home and into an independent living complex is a big decision. These kinds of complexes have evolved an incredible amount over the years and now look more like a fun holiday village than a somber nursing home. When you move into independent living there’s always so much to do, places to eat and meet friends, a chance to practice hobbies and try new activities, and you certainly won’t be trapped. You’ll be encouraged to get off-site and enjoy the wider world. But it can still feel like giving in to age and saying goodbye to part of your life. For most people, the benefits far outweigh any doubts. Here’s a look at some of them.
You might think that staying at home is the best way to be independent, but it often leads to isolation, and a reluctance to do things. Moving into independent living can lead to far greater independence. For example, Portside at Grande Dunes independent living Myrtle Beach gives you the chance to socialize, enjoy hobbies, cook and try new things, without having to worry about your health and wellbeing, or a lack of support if you need it.
More Social Opportunities
Socialization is incredibly important for our physical and mental health, but it gets harder as we get older, and our mobility starts to decline. Moving into an independent living community gives you the chance to make friends, join groups, try new hobbies, and enjoy growing social opportunities.
Improved Medical Care
As we get older our medical needs often start to increase. You might need more care, more emotional support, help with hygiene and cleaning, and sometimes just a reminder to take your medication or the peace of mind of knowing that help is available whenever you need it. Independent living is different for everyone, but whatever your needs are, they will be met.
Better Mental Health
Loneliness, more time spent in isolation, and the struggles that come with age can all lead to a decline in mental health. Independent living can lead to a thriving lifestyle, and give you plenty of people to talk to, which can improve your mental health massively.
Access to Exercise
Exercise is incredibly important as you get older. It can keep you fit and healthy, boost your circulation and energy levels, and help you to sleep. It can also help to improve your mood and quality of life. But it’s hard to do when you are alone and isolated. Living in an independent living village gives you plenty of access to exercise, whether it’s a class or a walk with friends.
There’s Always Plenty to Do
Let’s face it, a lack of mobility, fewer friends, and increased isolation can make old age very boring. This isn’t the case when you live in an independent living complex. You’ll always have plenty to do and plenty of people to do it with.
Improved Relationships with Friends and Family
As we get older, many of us tend to worry about becoming a burden to our families and friends. This can mean that relationships suffer. It could be the best thing that you ever do.