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7 Signs You’re Ready to Move into Independent Senior Living  

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You’ve done the homeowner or condo dweller thing for as long as you can remember, and it’s been wonderful. But now you’re sensing it’s time for a change that gives you more freedom and fewer responsibilities. You’re not alone! You’re at an age when you deserve to just focus on yourself and your dreams, and an independent senior living community could be the next move that allows you to make that happen.

If there’s one word that best describes independent senior living, it’s “carefree.”  Seniors who’ve made the leap to this great lifestyle often say they wish they’d done it sooner. So, what is it about independent living that’s so special – and what are the signs it’s the right move for you?

Browse the list below and see how an independent senior living community can fulfill your lifestyle needs today and in the future:

7 Signs You’re Ready to Move into Independent Senior Living 

You love lengthy getaways but worry about leaving your home unoccupied. When you live in a senior community, you simply lock up your apartment and go. Security is excellent here, and your exterior property will be maintained through every season, from mowing your lawn to clearing the snow and ice.

You’re ready to stop driving but worry about being stuck at home. You’ve heard the phrase, “Leave the driving to us.” Well, that’s especially true in a senior living community. There’s a free shuttle that will take you to the grocery, shopping, appointments, and out to dinner and a movie if you desire.


You’ve had it “up to here” with home maintenance but hate paying others to do it. In a senior living community, maintenance, repairs, and even housekeeping are all part of your monthly fee! And no more trying to find fix-it folks. You simply call the community’s maintenance staff and your worries are over.

You’re tired of planning every meal and dream about having a personal chef. Of course, your senior living apartment has a full kitchen if you feel like cooking. But we’re betting you’ll want to dine in the beautifully appointed community dining room, where meals are chef-prepared and served to you at your table.

You wonder who will care for you if you need more assistance, but you’re worried you won’t be able to afford to hire helpers. When you choose a Life Plan Community,  the care you need will always be there. Life Plan Communities offer multiple levels of care to residents — typically including on-site assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab, and memory care, so independent living residents can access all the care they might someday need without leaving  familiar surroundings or good friends behind.


You need more than crossword puzzles and quiz shows to stimulate your love of learning. Always wanted to paint or write your life story? Love a good debate about politics? Enjoy lectures, discussions and exploring new hobbies? Senior living communities are ideal for lifelong learners looking to keep their minds sharp. There are plenty of activities on campus,  as well as off-site excursions to concerts, plays, museums, lectures and more.

Your social life is shrinking as old friends and family members move farther away. Children relocate for jobs. Friends head for other parts of the country. And you’ve decided to stop driving. Feelings of isolation aren’t healthy, but when you live in a senior community, you’ll find friendly, like-minded people to socialize with anytime you choose.


Discover Your New Best Life at Meadow Lakes.

We’ve designed our independent senior living community around the things that mean the most to you: freedom, independence,and the ability to live the carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle you want. At Meadow Lakes, you can spend your days doing exactly what you want to do, and you’ll find lots of services, amenities and engaging activities to help you live your very best life. 

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