The Winchester Journal

5 Signs You’re Ready to Move into Independent Senior Living

Senior Living | 09/20/21


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Independence is sacred, and for many seniors it becomes even more so as the hands of Father Time keep turning. This is especially true when it comes to living arrangements, and that’s the beauty of living in an independent senior living community, where your responsibilities are fewer and you have greater freedom to enjoy an active retirement lifestyle. 

The reality is, moving into an independent senior living apartment may actually keep you from relying on others for a longer period of time. That’s because an independent living community provides you with numerous resources that promote wellness. In addition, caring staff members are able to watch for changes in your health or behavior, and help you get treatment before small concerns become full-blown problems.

If you’re on the fence about trading in your familiar surroundings for a new retirement lifestyle, here are some reasons you might decide the grass really is greener (with remarkable landscaping designed by the same firm that designed Central Park!) at a community like Winchester Gardens.  

You struggle to pass the time in meaningful ways.

If you’re bored or struggling to fill your days with meaningful activities, moving to independent living can open up a whole world of opportunity. From group classes that make physical fitness fun to social events like trivia happy hour, a busy activities calendar will let you choose the events that entice you. You may be able to learn new skills or find  a new hobby, and along the way, you’re sure to meet others who share your interests.

Cooking for yourself isn’t your cup of tea.

Keeping your refrigerator stocked with fresh, nutritious ingredients and consistently preparing healthy meals is a delight for some people. For others, it’s a burdensome chore. If you’d like to trade in your kitchen duties and let someone else do the work, you’re sure to appreciate the dining amenities available at Winchester Gardens. Our newly expanded dining room features an action station for demonstrations; the Manor House Lounge is a charming tapas bar and lounge; and the Olmsted Courtyard offers seasonal al fresco dining.

You crave the freedom of maintenance-free living.

Keeping up with the demands of a household is time-consuming and expensive. Moving to an independent senior living community is moving away from those responsibilities. Residents of our independent living apartments and villas are free to enjoy retirement living at its finest, while our capable staff handles regular housekeeping, mowing the lawn and shoveling snow. 

Your social circle is growing smaller.

Personal relationships are increasingly important as you age. They allow you to feel a sense of belonging and connectivity, which are important for your mental health. In an independent senior living community, you’ll find others in the same stage of life with similar life goals. Recognizing the importance of socialization for seniors, community events and special programs provide opportunities to let relationships blossom organically to enrich your retirement experience.

You recognize the value of planning ahead.

Choosing independent living as an active senior can be a smart strategic move. A Life Plan Community like Winchester Gardens allows you to begin taking advantage of resort-like luxury amenities immediately, while knowing you have guaranteed access to a full continuum of care as your health changes over time. With multiple contract options and the ability to establish living and healthcare expenses for life, the move is also a means of achieving financial security and protecting your assets.

Our Doors Are Open

With its proximity to New York City and plenty to see and do in nearby Maplewood, , Winchester Gardens is an ideal place for independent senior living. Learn more about the luxury retirement lifestyle our residents enjoy with a private tour of the grounds. Contact us to make arrangements for a visit.