How to Find the Right Independent Living Option
Transitioning to retirement can be challenging for everyone involved. It can be difficult for the elderly to make the change, and many family members find it hard to see their loved ones dealing with the emotional aspects of retirement. Fortunately, the team at The Village at Southlake is here to make the transition easier. Choosing the best independent housing option comes with a whole additional set of challenges, but we know you’re up to the task! Ask yourself these questions to determine the best independent living option for your loved one.
Is It Time for Independent Living?
First things first, you’ll need to decide when moving to an independent living community is best for your loved one. Everyone is different, and some seniors might need assisted living sooner than others. As you search for communities in and around Lexington, SC, consider whether your loved one needs round-the-clock care or just someone to check in on them from time to time. Once you understand your loved one’s needs, you can better choose a community.
What Level of Care Is Necessary?
Now that you’ve decided that living in a independent living community is your best option, it’s time to think about levels of care. Every facility offers something different, and you’ll want to make sure that your chosen community can provide all the necessary amenities. Talk to The Village at Southlake and your other senior housing candidates about the following levels of care:
- Independent living
- Assisted living
- Memory care
- Skilled nursing
- Short-term care
Where Does Your Loved One Want to Live?
The next step to narrowing down your independent living community options is to decide on a location. Have a conversation with your loved one about where they might want to love. In many cases, seniors don’t want to leave the town where they already live. If this is the case for you, be sure to look for communities within the area your senior is comfortable in. But other people approaching retirement age have goals of living elsewhere, usually somewhere warm and scenic. Once you have an understanding of your loved one’s wishes, you’ll be better able to choose a community that matches their needs.
What About Future Care?
As you look at floor plans and amenities at each community, don’t forget to think ahead. Chances are that your loved one will need more care as they get older and become less able to look after their own needs. While you might be looking for an active community right now, be sure to ask about services for residents with advanced health concerns and limited mobility.
How Will You Stay Connected?
Sadly, many seniors report feeling isolated and lonely after transitioning to assisted living. At The Village at Southlake, we highly encourage our residents to think about ways they can stay connected with their families. While phone and video calls go a long way to keeping in touch, it’s in your loved one’s best interest to choose a community that offers an array of activities. Our Lexington community members have access to all of the following Village Life spaces to ensure that they stay connected with fellow residents:
- Heated, enclosed swimming pool
- Exercise and fitness center
- Game and craft room
- Walking paths
- Community theatre
- Courtyards and gardens
Finding the Perfect Community
As you can see, there is no shortage of factors to consider when choosing a living option. More independent residents might love life in a senior apartment, while those with certain health concerns may benefit more from skilled nursing. Online research is always a good tool for learning about independent living, but the best way to find good senior care is to visit in person. At The Village at Southlake, we want you to see our stunning community for yourself. Feel free to schedule a visit—we’re open seven days a week!
Get in Touch with The Village at Southlake
Choosing an independent living community doesn’t need to be overwhelming, especially once you have the steps you need to make a confident decision. Need professional help? Contact The Village at Southlake today! Our experienced team of independent living experts will give you the tools you need to make an informed decision. Soon enough, your loved one will be enjoying our scenic community and luxury amenities.