When it comes time to start planning for retirement, finding the right community that matches your lifestyle and needs makes all the difference. So what exactly is independent living? Generally, it’s communities designed for individuals age 55+ that offer private residences for active seniors with options such as apartment-style living to individual homes.

More Than a Living Arrangement

When considering independent living, it’s important to understand that it’s so much more than just a living arrangement. Contrary to popular belief, independent living facilities are far from being identified as nursing homes.

Communities focused on independent living are all about providing a plethora of opportunities for residents to engage in a vibrant lifestyle via fantastic amenities, activity calendars, wellness programs, social clubs, and so much more. Because everyone’s lifestyle is different, it’s a good idea to schedule tours at communities of interest to ensure what is offered is exactly what you need.

Planning Ahead

One of the most valuable things you can do when it comes to retirement is to plan ahead. These are the best years of your life, so it’s important to not wait long when searching for the right place with the right lifestyle that will perfectly accommodate your needs.

Life Plan Communities are a wonderful option because everything is in place, so you don’t have to worry about the future. These types of independent living communities offer the freedom to enjoy an active, maintenance-free lifestyle with a continuum of care in place should it ever be needed — a peace of mind that’s priceless.

For example, Baptist Retirement Homes offers two Life Plan Communities — Brookridge and Taylor Glen — in North Carolina that provide a flourishing place to call home with stand-out amenities and activities, impeccable service, and quality care.

Need Assisted Living?

More often than not, independent living and assisted living are terms that tend to be interchanged. However, there are some differences between these two living arrangements depending on the level of care required. If looking for a retirement community but know you need assistance with daily tasks, then the best option is assisted living.

And remember, just because you may need assistance does not mean you’re giving up your independence! According to AARP, assisted living is “aimed at helping residents remain as self-sufficient as possible with the assurance of assistance when needed. A combination of housing, meals, personal care and support, social activities, 24-hour supervision and, in some residences, health-related services is usually provided. Assisted living facilities are a great choice for those who can’t live on their own, but do not need nursing care.” 

An Option Worth Exploring

Whether you’re considering finding an independent living community for yourself or searching for a loved one, please let us know if Baptist Retirement Homes may be of assistance. Visit our website at brh.org to learn more, or call us at (336) 725-0202.