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The Advantages of Independent Living Communities for Family Caregivers

As the US population continues to age, the need for retirement communities is becoming increasingly important. According to Zippia, 70% of people who reach the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point in their life. But what about before then?

We hear from seniors everyday that wish they'd moved earlier to take full advantage of all the activities our retirement community has to offer, while they're still in good health. There’s no best age to move, but whenever your loved one is ready for a more engaging, fulfilling lifestyle than the one they're currently living, it might be time!


What is Independent Living?

Senior living communities offer a range of benefits for seniors, including access to healthcare, socialization opportunities, and other assistance. And it’s not just seniors with medical needs who live in such communities. Independent living offers active seniors a place to find company, providing the independence and flexibility they crave with the security they deserve.

When we think of independent living for seniors, it’s pretty straightforward—independent living communities give your loved one the freedom and flexibility of living in their own home, adding in some incredible resort-style amenities, great neighbors, interesting and fun activities, and more luxurious options.


How Independent Living Communities Can Benefit the Whole Family 

Retirement communities give peace of mind and significant benefits to family caregivers, too. While active seniors don’t need as much care, family members often feel the pressure of tending to their loved ones' growing needs as they age. Let’s take a look at what independent living can offer you and your loved ones:


1. Enhanced Health and Wellness

Many independent living communities, Winnwood included, offer a range of health and wellness programs, such as exercise classes and on-site therapy. This can help your senior loved ones to remain active and engaged, as well as maintain their physical and mental health.


2. Increased Independence 

Independent living offers seniors just that: Independence! When they reside in an independent living community, they are able to retain the freedom and autonomy of living in a house, but without all the hassle. Seniors may feel more fulfilled and empowered, while family caregivers may feel less burdened by their responsibilities.


3. Help with Recuperative Care 

For seniors during transitional periods, such as after a hospitalization, family caregivers can rest assured knowing that their loved ones are receiving the care and support they need to recover. 


4. Socialization

Loneliness is a very serious problem for seniors, and a major concern for many family caregivers. The problem is especially exacerbated for seniors who have lost a spouse or have family that live out of town. 

While video calls and visits can give a reason to smile, day-to-day loneliness is much deeper, and requires a different lifestyle to combat. A move into independent living offers an extremely powerful way to combat loneliness, while providing ample opportunity for your loved ones to enjoy their own space.


5. Less Stress

Family caregivers often face significant stress and burden while caring for their loved ones. You may be balancing caregiving responsibilities with work and other personal commitments, which can be overwhelming. Independent living allows you to focus on your own needs and well-being, while your senior loved ones enjoy the range of activities and amenities independent living has to offer. 


6. Peace of Mind

It’s only natural to worry about your loved ones’ safety and well-being when you’re not around. At Winnwood, we can provide 24/7 care and supervision (if needed), ensuring that your family members are safe and well-cared for at all times. 


Where to Go from Here?

Choosing the right independent living for the seniors in your life can add tremendous value and joy to their retirement years. They’ve worked hard all their life—now it’s time for them to relax and enjoy the benefits of resort-style retirement. 

When you’re ready to start asking questions and scheduling tours, we welcome you to contact and visit us here at Winnwood Retirement Community. Our team of knowledgeable and compassionate staff are happy to answer all of your questions and provide you with the answers, knowledge, and experiences you need to ensure you’re making the best possible decision for your family’s future.

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