How Downsizing Looks Different in Independent Living

May 11, 2022
Friendship resident petting cat, Friendship resident reading on couch, pet therapy, relaxation, downsizing

To downsize or not to downsize; that is the question many people face when they retire. But rather than looking at it from simply a practical perspective such as letting go of excess stuff or space – which quite frankly doesn’t make it all that appealing - think about what downsizing could really mean for your lifestyle. Yet keep in mind, much of that benefit will depend on where you downsize to. See how different downsizing looks in independent living and how it can help you make the most of retirement.

Downsizing to a Smaller Home

Downsizing literally means to reduce or make smaller, so it’s no surprise the instinct is often to simply move to a home with less space. There are certainly advantages to this including:

Freeing up cash to invest in your future – Particularly if your neighborhood is thriving it may be a good time to sell at a profit. Plus, you’ll no longer be paying for utilities and taxes on space you’re not using.

Less responsibility – Less space means less to worry about in terms of upkeep and maintenance.

Better location – Often, retirees look for smaller homes closer to family, closer to things you like to do and/or in a warmer climate for example.

But consider if the move to a smaller house, condo or even apartment will also give you the opportunity to make the most of retirement, particularly if you’d be living alone. Ask yourself:

•      How easy will it be to continue current friendships or make new friends in my new location?

•      Will it be convenient to continue my hobbies or try something new?

•      What opportunities will there be for me to find more purpose in life?

•      Will I be able to fill my calendar with fun, engaging activities?

Downsizing to Independent Living

First, let’s define what independent living is exactly. Senior living itself is actually a continuum of care with levels that include independent living, assisted living and memory care. Independent living is considered the entry to the continuum because it’s for retirees who are active, mobile and don’t need daily assistance. Specifically, it’s focused on lifestyle which is why you’ll find that communities like ours more closely resemble resorts with sprawling campuses, spacious accommodations and luxury amenities. It’s also why they are becoming an increasingly popular choice for retirees - while completely healthy!

So, not only will you still enjoy the benefits of downsizing to a smaller home, you’ll add lifestyle benefits that include:

Even more freedom – Although you’d have less responsibility in a smaller home, there’s still the worry of chores, upkeep and unexpected repair bills. Here, the maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, meals and other daily chores are all taken care of for you!

More time for fun – With all that free time you’ll be able to truly enjoy retirement with a range of social opportunities, educational and enrichment programs as well as organized activities right outside your door.

A focus on well-being – Amenities support active, healthy living with a fitness center and pool as well as exercise classes and spacious grounds with walking trails.

Convenience – You’ll enjoy a hair salon, pharmacy and award-winning therapy services all onsite. Plus, our restaurant will even deliver your meals! And with a location minutes from shopping, dining and entertainment in Roanoke Valley as well as transportation service, life simply couldn’t be more convenient.

Peace of mind If you need additional support; we offer home care services to help residents remain in independent living as long as possible. But, should your health needs evolve over time, we also have assisted living and memory care on campus.

As you can see, downsizing to independent living is how you can truly make the most of retirement.

For more information on independent living on our campus, contact us today at 540.777.7103 to schedule your visit!  

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