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The Winchester Journal

Independent Living Decision Guide

Senior Living | 07/24/18


Sometimes independent living communities are misunderstood. Many people inaccurately assume that moving into a retirement community means giving up their independence and way of life, resorting to depending on others. “I’m too young for that,” they think. But the truth of the matter is that independent living for seniors is just that – independent living – without the worry of every day hassles like yard work, home maintenance, or being bored and alone.

When it comes to deciding if independent senior living is right for you, every person is different. Your timeframe for making such a major life decision can be vastly different from others. But there are certain questions and considerations you can keep in mind to help you get one step closer to understanding what works best for you and your lifestyle.

What is Independent Living for Seniors?

So, you know what independent living is not, now what is it? At Winchester Gardens, independent living allows you to choose an apartment or villa where you can enjoy your normal, everyday life with first-rate features you’d expect from a premier continuing care retirement community. You can even personalize your home with high-quality upgrades! Our goal is for you to maintain your independence while taking advantage of a socially and intellectually-stimulating lifestyle.

Why Choose Independent Living Communities?

Did you know that according to certain studies, seniors who live in a retirement community are actually more independent than those who age in place in their homes? There are many services and amenities at independent living communities that take burdens away from you and allow you to focus on living life to the fullest, having fun, making memories, and staying well.

Here are a few additional reasons to choose independent living for seniors:

To be prepared for the future while enjoying the present. It’s no coincidence that continuing care retirement communities are also called “life plan communities” – they offer a continuum of care for a person’s entire life, not just the present moment! Physical, emotional, and mental health can change quickly, and it’s reassuring to know that should your needs ever change even in the slightest, you’re in a place where you can seek the care you need. No more relocating and getting used to a new home when your current home offers everything you need as you age.

For peace of mind and more time to do as you please. Along with peace of mind for their future healthcare needs, residents in senior living communities have the weight of everyday chores and responsibilities lifted through maintenance-free living. No more mowing the lawn, weeding the landscaping, shoveling snow or raking leaves. No more worries about finding someone to fix the plumbing, or an appliance, or the air conditioning. Some of the services provided include dining, housekeeping and linen service, landscaping and snow removal, onsite security and scheduled transportation to off-campus appointments and events. Leave it to us!

To experience convenient living. Gather with friends for a game of cards in one of several cozy common areas, schedule a hair appointment in our onsite beauty salon, or create your latest masterpiece in our art studio or woodworking shop. Your time at Winchester Gardens is yours to enjoy, any way you choose. Plus, Maplewood itself is a charming town full of dining, shopping and entertainment venues. It’s easily walkable, and is also within close proximity to public transportation so you can enjoy a day in New York City.

To keep boredom at bay. Some people worry about getting bored after they retire. If you have these worries, remember that a senior living community offers numerous activities to fill your days! Our full-time activities director plans a monthly activities calendar that is based on resident feedback, and ensures residents are engaged no matter what their interests may be. Achieve inner peace in an armchair yoga class or enjoy a stimulating conversation about the latest bestseller. Test your brain and have fun with friends at Trivia Happy Hour or tap your toes along to music at Tea and Tunes. These are just a few ideas of activities our residents enjoy!

To live life to the fullest, stress-free. Moving to a continuing care retirement community while you’re in good physical health is a terrific idea, as you’ll be able to take full advantage of the wide variety of events and activities designed for residents, by residents. Finding your purpose, making new friends, having access to ongoing events and activities, and lowering your stress levels are all fantastic ways to keep your health strong and enjoy your life. Is there any benefit greater than this?

Gain the Independent Lifestyle You Dream About at Winchester Gardens

We understand that choosing the right senior living community is one of the most important and exciting decisions you’ll make and doing the right research is key to a vibrant, happy future. Download your free copy of our senior living guide, Retire Your Way, or to see our continuing care retirement community in Maplewood for yourself, contact us today to schedule a personal tour.