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Independent Living: Making the Decision Sooner Rather Than Later

Many adults believe that as long as they’re healthy, active, and mobile, they can—and should—continue to live in their own homes. Many are under the impression that senior living options, including independent living, are for those who are no longer independent, who need assistance, and who are older than themselves. They think that moving into a senior living community means they will surrender their dignity and independence.

However, there are almost a million people living in senior living who would most likely happily disagree. Today’s senior living communities are active, vibrant neighborhoods full of social, independent adults. And these adults’ most common and shared sentiment? “I wish I had moved here sooner.”

At Franklin Park Senior Living, our San Antonio communities are designed to embody the spirit of a high-end resort with services and amenities that cater to all types of individuals. We’re taking a look at some of the reasons why you should consider making the move to independent living sooner rather than later.

1. You’re Tired of Maintaining a House

Take a look around your house. Are there empty bedrooms that just don’t get used anymore? Are there things that need to be repaired, but you can’t find the motivation to fix them? Many older adults find that at some point, they just don’t have the desire or energy to maintain a large home anymore.

By moving into an independent living community, all the worries and burdens associated with homeownership are gone. No more mowing the lawn, fixing leaky faucets, or replacing the washing machine. Plus, many adults find that selling their home allows them to add more savings to their retirement.

Here at Franklin Park, we want you to feel at home, but without the constant worry of maintaining a house. We offer various floor plan options designed to cater to different needs and create a home for every resident.

We also provide routine maintenance and landscaping as well as on-demand services for plumbing, electrical, or flooring issues. We’re dedicated to making life as easy as possible for you because spending less time on maintenance and repairs means that you will have more time to focus on the things that matter to you.

2. You Want a Robust Social Life 

Do you find that your calendar is starting to look more and more empty? Are you beginning to feel lonelier than usual? Older adults seem to be cornered as far as socialization: they are at a higher risk of isolation and loneliness while simultaneously lacking avenues to make new friends.

Many people are driven to independent living communities because of the prospect of making new friends and building social connections. At these communities, you are surrounded by peers and individuals who have similar experiences, allowing for fast-forming friendships.

In addition to an abundance of people, there’s also an abundance of activities. In independent living, you’ll not only find friends, but you’ll find endless activities and endeavors to do with these friends. At Franklin Park, water aerobics, woodworking classes, and movie nights are activities you can expect to enjoy with your neighbors in the community.

3. You’re Unmotivated to Cook

Even if you enjoy cooking, doing it all the time can be exhausting. Not to mention, it can simply be a pain to plan out meals, go grocery shopping, and do the dishes. Independent living communities, however, eliminate these pain points by providing nutritious and delicious daily meals.

Franklin Park independent living communities throughout San Antonio have multiple dining venues, so you can eat when and how you want. Our communities cater to each residents’ lifestyle and desires, from casual cafes with grab-and-go options to formal sit-down dining rooms. Plus, each private apartment features full-size kitchens and appliances, so when you do feel like cooking, it will be less of a chore and more of a pleasure.

4. You’re Preparing for the Future

Right now, you may be active and in good health, but what happens when you can no longer drive or need assistance with mobility? By moving into independent living when you’re healthy and active, you can have peace of mind knowing that, should your needs change, assistance and support will be right there.

In addition to independent living, Franklin Park also offers assisted living and memory care services. In assisted living, you’ll be able to enjoy all the amenities and conveniences of independent living, just with added personal assistance. While not every adult who moves into independent living will require assisted living, it can comfort individuals and their families to know that the option to transition is available. 

 

Now Could Be the Perfect Time

If you’re generally active and in good health, you may think that it’s too soon for you to move into an independent living community and that doing so will limit your freedom and independence. In reality, though, it will enhance these things. In these communities, you can experience the same freedom and independence that you have at home, just with the added comforts of maintenance, amenities, exceptional dining options, and a social and engaging lifestyle.

Moving into a senior living community is a significant change, which is why so many people wait until absolutely necessary to do so. However, by deciding to move sooner rather than later, you can fully experience and take advantage of all that independent living has to offer. 

Franklin Park Senior Living proudly offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. Our resort-style communities are located throughout San Antonio, Texas, and provide a lush lifestyle full of comforts, activities, and relationships.

Even if you think you aren’t ready to make the move to senior living, we encourage you to reach out and learn more about our independent living services and how they could benefit you. Contact us today! 

 

 

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