If you are an American today, chances are you may have thought of moving out of your house and into an independent living community after retirement. It is essential to find out more information before you commit to any decision. You can do that by doing online research or even personally gathering the information by touring the different communities. It is also important to ask the right questions which can assist you in the decision-making process. Here are some of the questions you may think to ask about the independent living communities.
If you decide to make the trip down for the tour, give close attention to your own feelings for the property based on the first impression. Try to imagine or picture yourself how you would feel in the community presently. Take into account your surroundings to see if you would feel comfortable living long term. Also, Interact and communicate with the residents to gauge the level of friendliness and openness within the community.
The Uniqueness of the Community
In most independent living communities, their similarities are obvious in providing both recreation and dining options for its residents. You need to define the key difference that one has over the others which is usually intangible. During the tour, constantly remind yourself whether you can have the same lifestyle or experience anywhere else. This could be done by thoroughly analyzing the community’s offerings that make it unique, such as the contemporary entertainment options, gyms, and learning opportunities.
At Lakeside At Mallard Landing, our community strives to provide a host of resort-style amenities that will help its residents live their best lives regardless of their interests and hobbies. Reach out to us to find out more about our exclusive senior living programs.
Dining in the Community
Touring the community will allow you to gain a better perception of the dining options you may have. There are certain considerations you can take such as, “Will I be able to cook my own meals? Can I eat whenever I wish? Will I want to eat here daily?”
Most independent living communities provide their residents with set dining hours in their dining rooms since their restaurants aren’t usually operated with flexible hours and menus. Whichever your needs are, it is essential to ask about the menus, restaurant dining hours, freedom of preparing your own meal, or if you will have to stick to a schedule.
Is the Culture of Wellness Encouraged?
As we grow older, healthy aging involves a holistic philosophy that promotes a lifestyle, enhancing our body, mind, and spirit. Wellness is not just your physical health, but also emotional, intellectual, occupational, spiritual, and social health. It’s key to find a community that promotes the culture of wellness in their programs through activities, events, and dining options. Do ask if there are available opportunities to mingle with other residents to form good relationships with or what types of groups already exist or going to be created within the community.
If you are looking for such communities, our senior independent living program at Lakeside At Mallard Landing represents an ideal option. We provide an array of senior-specific amenities and opportunities that encourage healthy aging while making you feel at home.