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Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

5 Top Reasons to Look Forward to Independent Living

You’ve worked hard at a career or raising children. You’ve likely sacrificed your choices for others along the way but have always looked forward to the day when your time would be your own to spend as you wish.

That day is finally here.

Many active older adults ponder how best they could achieve the lifestyle they always dreamed of. If you are just beginning to research your options, you’ll soon discover why so many look forward to their move-in day at an independent living community.

You might want to consider the following reasons that may create an enriched life that is just waiting for you.

5 benefits of independent living

Of course, there are more than only five advantages of community life but here are some of the top reasons retirees give for pursuing the easy life.

1. It’s maintenance-free

Are you tired of shoveling snow, mowing the lawn or finding dependable and responsible companies to take care of that for you?

Have you spent countless hours chasing down bids to repair your roof, paint the exterior of your home or replace leaky windows?

These are the responsibilities of home ownership.

It’s not surprising that so many choose to relinquish the responsibilities for the simpler yet fulfilling opportunity of an independent living community.

Imagine a life where everything is taken care of for you. You don’t have to do a thing, inside or out. In an independent living community, all you’ll need to schedule is how you’ll spend all of your new-found free time.

2. You’ll continue to have your privacy and independence

People want to live in a private home with all of its advantages. And you won’t need to give that up because you move into an independent living community.

In fact, you should find beautiful choices, spacious floorplans and the opportunity to personalize so that it is truly your home.

You’ll also enjoy the continuing independence you’ll find and choosing how to spend your days. Nothing will change from how you live now – except that it will be much, much easier.

In fact, a great benefit of independent living is experiencing what is often referred to as having the best of both worlds. You’ll have privacy when you want it but also the advantage of community when you prefer. And you’ll find it all right outside your door.

3. Many opportunities to make new friends

One reality of life is that it can become more challenging to meet and make new friends as you grow older. But an independent living community almost guarantees you’ll make many new friends with all of the opportunities available.

Healthy relationships play a large role in aging well. You’ll want to make it a priority to meet people and benefit from all that friendships have to offer, such as:

  • Increasing your sense of belonging and purpose.

  • A support system when you’re facing life’s challenges.

  • Decreasing your stress and anxiety.

  • Boosting your happiness and positive outlook on life.

  • Improving your self-confidence and worth.

  • And that’s only to mention a few.

4. Convenient and fun activities and amenities

If you ever worried that you’ll have nothing to do in retirement, you can put that thought to rest. One of the great benefits of independent living is the amenities and activities they offer.

Are you a swimmer? Find a community that offers a pool and you can continue with one of the best exercises there is. Take a look at their monthly calendar of activities when you visit and you’ll find that most offer a wide variety of choices. There is bound to be something for everyone.

You’ll discover that most communities offer a fitness center so you can continue with your exercise routine, or start one, and it’s as convenient as walking out your door. Dining programs, movies, classes and clubs are a few of the other choices you’ll find.  

5. The convenience of services

Independent living is all about helping you embrace and create a fulfilling life. But it’s also about making things easier. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

After all the years of planning, shopping and preparing meals, don’t you deserve a break from cooking when you need one? Your home will include a full-sized kitchen but on those days when you’re not in the mood, you’ll know there are delicious, yet nutritious, options waiting. Take a look at a menu when you tour the community. Or better yet, arrange to have a meal and see for yourself.

Are you starting to drive less and wouldn’t mind letting someone else take on the traffic and parking? You can do that as well when you live in an independent living community. You’ll typically find scheduled transportation to shopping, medical appointments and entertainment.

Ingleside at Rock Creek Independent Living

If you might look forward to an easier, maintenance-free yet active and fulfilling life, you may want to consider what Ingleside at Rock Creek Independent Living community has to offer.

We hope you’ll consider the advantages to creating the type of lifestyle you’ve always imagined and will visit our community, where you’ll discover:

  • Our first-class amenities, fitness center and health facilities

  • How easy it is to eat well with our delicious, chef-prepared menu choices

  • The benefits of staying active as you join others in entertaining or educational programs

  • Meeting and making new friends at our many social activities

You’ll also have the choice of a spacious one or two bedroom floor plan with a full sized kitchen, large windows that flood your living space with natural light, safety features and underground parking. 

Please visit our website for more information. Call (202) 846-2651 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.


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