This is, of course, the 64 million dollar question, because the answer is different for everyone/couple. This personal decision seems to frighten people into thinking of only the SHOULDS, but there are so many COULDS that can be enjoyed in making your transition when you are able to take advantage of all the wonderful offerings many senior living dwellings provide. This issue, let’s look at Independent Living, and in the future, we will discuss other options.
Independent Living typically is a community that provides an apartment for either a single person or couple, with one or two bedrooms. The apartment often times has a kitchen that offers full appliances, such as a refrigerator/freezer, oven/stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer, sink, and cabinets for storage. Frequently there is parking available for one car for the apartment (single or couple.) Safety is primary in the apartment, with bars and handles in bathrooms placed strategically to avoid falls. A living room and dining area are usually present, as well. (Independent Living is designed for those who can take care of themselves to the extent that they can shop for food and prepare their breakfast, are not dealing with incontinence and do not need assistance with medications or have advanced memory issues.)
More important, however, than the apartment living area (and believe me, many are beautifully appointed and au courant with updated design) is the social arena. Lunch and dinner are usually served and what better opportunity to feel one is “out” for meals with friends? Friends abound because everyone wants to become involved with each other, playing cards, watching movies, shopping, etc. The days pass quickly, sharing life stories and trading pictures of children, grandchildren and even pets.
Safety and good health are major components of Independent Living communities, with nurses and medical care available most of the time. Some communities even interface with medical centers or medical groups to keep all services close and convenient. Assessments of apartments are done regularly if needed to maintain the highest degree of safety, and monitoring of residents is another major component.
I encourage you to investigate the communities we have in our area: Chelsea Independent Living and Bright View in Warren, as well as Lantern Hill in New Providence are three new ones, each promising to bring something special to seniors.
Overwhelmed with the idea of downsizing, packing, staging your home for sale, organizing and designing your new senior home?Please call me at (908) 883-0469 and ask for Ellyn, or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My partner, Carol, and I are SENIOR ASSISTANTS and we are ready to help you any way you might need!