A lot of people in their 70s who are considering moving to a Life Plan Community have one pressing question: when’s the right time to move to independent living?
Well, the truth is, it depends on your personal situation. But in general, the answer is: sooner rather than later.
Why? Here are three reasons not to put off moving to a retirement community.
1. Continuum of Care
Life Plan Communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities or CCRCs) offer a continuum of care through independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing services. Some may even offer dementia care.
You may be thinking, “I’m healthy. Why would I need to move now? I can just stay in my home.”
You’re not alone.
As Carla Fried points out in an article for Time, “nearly 90% of people 65 and older surveyed by AARP said they would like to ‘age in place.’”
While that may be your initial preference, Fried goes on to say that it might not be the best option in the long run.
“[The] hard truth is that a beloved house in a familiar community can become both physically impractical and socially isolating over time,” she says. “Another way you or your relative might get comfort, connections, and continuity is, surprisingly, by moving to a new spot: a so-called continuing-care retirement community (CCRC).”
In other words, CCRCs or Life Plan Communities make it easy to age in place — just in a new place. They offer all the necessary care in case your health needs change in the future.
Handling Different Health Needs
One of the benefits of moving to a Life Plan Community is that if you have a spouse and their needs change (or your needs change), you’ll still be able to live on the same campus.
Instead of being seperated, with one spouse living independently at home and another in a skilled nursing community, at a Life Plan Community you can both receive the appropriate level of care in one location.
2. Convenient Services and Amenities
Life Plan Communities have a lot to offer residents in terms of convenience and service.
Many people who ultimately decide to make the move do so in part because they were tired of the hassle of homeownership. Repairs, lawn care, maintenance, taxes — owning a home can be a headache.
Independent living takes that headache away by removing those stressors. For example, at The Esquiline, the monthly fees include all tax and utility payments, biweekly housekeeping, transportation, maintenance, and more. Why delay?
Of course, the services and amenities aren’t just meant to make your life easier. They’re meant to make it more enriching and entertaining.
That brings us to the next reason residents are glad they moved sooner rather than later.
3. Enriching, Stimulating Lifestyles
As Brad Breeding, co-founder of myLifeSite, says, “delaying [moving to a CCRC] means missing out on many of the benefits that such a community could provide for you in the first place.”
Life Plan Communities offer unique lifestyle options to make it easy for you to do the things you love, and then some. After you move into an independent living apartment home, you’ll have your pick of activities and full access to community spaces to craft your ideal retirement.
To give you an idea of what might be offered in independent living, here are some examples of what’s offered at The Esquiline:
- Fitness classes, including Zumba Gold, balance class, and osteoball
- Beauty & barber shop on-site
- Chef-prepared nutritious meals
- Auditorium for dances, concerts, movies, and lectures
- Community garden
- Arts & crafts room and a woodworking area
At a Life Plan Community, it’s easy to socialize, to try new things, to do the things you love. The sooner you move, the sooner you can enjoy the active, convenient lifestyles they offer.
Downsizing and Making the Move
Of course, even with that said, it’s still a bit intimidating to make the move. The process of downsizing and moving can be daunting, especially if you’ve lived in your house for years.
But it doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of resources that you can take advantage of to make the downsizing process easier, and when it comes time to move, many communities will help you through it.
At The Esquiline, we’ll help you with things like finding a reputable realtor, connecting with the right resources for estate planning, finding a moving company, and more. You can also download our free guide, Making the Move.
Wellness Support at The Esquiline
In addition to everything we covered above, The Esquiline offers something unique to residents: spiritual wellness opportunities found on the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. The Esquiline is the only retirement living community located on a national Catholic shrine.
We offer daily Mass, weekly Protestant services, morning prayer, and a Pastoral Care team. People of all faiths can enjoy the breathtaking grounds and tranquil walking paths that meander through the community.
If you would like to learn more about The Esquiline or have questions about making the move to independent living, contact us online or call us at 618.394.6400.