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What Is Considered Independent Living?

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Independent living can be an excellent choice for many seniors who want to live in a community of people with similar interests. Residents of independent living communities enjoy support from staff who help nurture personal growth and amenities that help people celebrate life. 

Independent living is a lifestyle defined by maintenance-free living and typically includes a range of social opportunities, amenities, and services designed to help improve a person’s quality of life. If you’re looking to downsize and enjoy a lifestyle free from the pressures and challenges of living alone, an independent living community may be the right choice for you!

What Is Independent Living?

Homeownership can be rewarding, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the simplest thing. You need to constantly be on top of everything—from cleaning to utilities, maintenance to lawn care, and more. It can be draining to constantly worry about maintaining the upkeep of your own property. 

So, what if you’re looking for a lifestyle that offers all the perks of your own living space—but without the downsides? That’s when you choose independent living

Independent living can be an excellent decision for older adults looking to simplify life with a maintenance-free lifestyle. These communities are designed for seniors who want to stay independent and autonomous, living life their way with access to a host of services and amenities that can improve their quality of life.

The Benefits of Independent Living

With independent living at Parsons House Austin, you can:

  • Reinvigorate your senses by spending time near nature in the heart of Austin
  • Try your hand at cards, including bridge and other stimulating play
  • Exercise in the fitness studio
  • Try all kinds of organized activities and events
  • Read in one of our on-site libraries
  • Enjoy movie nights with your friends in our theater
  • Delight in chef-prepared, home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The options are almost endless. In independent living, you can spend your days how you want, surrounded by a team of people who provide unconditional support.

Is It Time for Independent Living?

Choosing to move to independent living can be a wonderful step towards improving your life. However, this decision requires some careful consideration.

Take some time and assess your own situation. The following signs could be an indication that independent living is the right choice for you:

  • You’re feeling overwhelmed with housework
  • You’re feeling isolated or socially withdrawn
  • You desire a community environment with people who have similar interests
  • Your current home no longer meets your physical requirements easily
  • You’re looking for an active social calendar without the hassle of planning everything yourself
  • You want to free up time currently spent on home maintenance for hobbies or interests
  • Your safety and security concerns are growing, and you want a living situation that addresses these needs

If you recognize any of these as familiar, then it might be time for independent living.

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How to Choose an Independent Living Community

Choosing the ideal independent living community is a deeply personal choice—and a decision that should be made with care.

First, think about the physical location of potential communities. Your new home should reflect the ideal environment that you find comfortable. 

Then, think about:

  • Amenities and services: Consider what’s important to you. Do you want a community with fitness centers, dining options, and transportation services?
  • Activities and social opportunities: Look for a place that offers activities and events that match your interests. Are there clubs, classes, or outings you’d enjoy?
  • Community atmosphere: Spend some time in the community. Does it feel welcoming? Can you see yourself making friends here?
  • Cost and financial considerations: Understand all the costs involved. Ask about monthly fees, what they include, and if there are additional costs for certain services.

These factors can play an important role in choosing the right community. By choosing a place that meets your values and needs, you can celebrate your life in a community that feels like home.

Independent Living in Austin

An independent living community is more than just a place to stay. It’s a true community—a place where your personal growth is supported with unconditional love.

At Parsons House Austin, residents can enjoy access to all our services and amenities. From the theater to the library, and from the games room to the common grounds. Your new home is waiting for you. Book a tour with us today!

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