Top Senior Living Amenities for Independent Seniors
Retirement is that well-earned opportunity to enjoy a newfound freedom. With fewer obligations, you have time to explore, have fun and engage in activities that make you truly happy. In the right retirement community, it’s easier than ever to do the things you love. Just look for independent senior living amenities that offer convenience, enjoyment and a vibrant, fulfilling lifestyle — like these:
What if your to-do list were filled only with activities you wanted to do? In a senior living community, you don’t have to change light bulbs or coordinate lawn care and snow removal services. Upkeep and groundskeeping are taken care of for you, so you have more time for the pursuits you find most fulfilling.
Delicious Dining in Multiple Venues
Even if you love to cook, there’s something special about dining out. In a senior living community with multiple dining venues, you can consult your own appetite and mood to decide whether to grab a quick bite between activities or opt for a formal sit-down meal. Whichever you choose, your fare will be chef-inspired and feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients. If you have special dietary considerations, look for a community where a chef and dietitian work together to customize delicious meals suited to your needs.
A Picture-Perfect Setting
Research suggests that spending time in nature supports health and well-being. A senior living community nestled in a picturesque setting will invite you outdoors to enjoy picnics, walks, kayaking, fishing, plein air painting, or simply a moment of refreshing calm.
Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, plus two days per week of strength training and three days of balance-enhancing activities. Independent senior living amenities like an on-campus fitness center, putting green, shuffleboard court, and gardening area make it easy to engage in an active lifestyle that promotes healthy aging.
A Philosophy of Wellness
Like physical activity, social, intellectual, and spiritual activities play an important role in your well-being, too. In a senior living community that takes a holistic approach to wellness, you’ll find social activities like game nights, movie nights and clubs; intellectual stimulation through educational events or amenities like a well-stocked library; and spiritual opportunities, such as chapel services, Bible study and meditation classes.
A Warm Welcome
Warm, caring team members and an atmosphere of hospitality will ensure you feel a comfortable sense of belonging in your new home. Look for a community with a commitment to service where thoughtful amenities make everyday life a little simpler, such as an on-campus beauty salon/barbershop, a coffee shop or a convenience store.
A Pet-Friendly Campus
If you have a beloved animal companion, they play an important role in your retirement lifestyle. Not only will you want to find a senior living community that’s pet-friendly, but you’ll want amenities that will make your four-legged companion feel at home, too. While your cat may not need much beyond a convenient perch near a window in your residence, your dog probably needs room to safely roam. Look for a community with a dog park or proximity to walking trails so your pooch can get enough exercise.
A Plan for the Future
You want independent senior living amenities that support an active, engaged lifestyle now, but you also want a sound plan for coping with any changes to your health in the future. A person turning 65 today has a 70% chance of eventually needing some type of long-term care, so choosing a Life Plan Community with a continuum of care is a sound choice. Life Plan Communities are brimming with amenities that support an active lifestyle, and they offer long-term care on the same campus, so residents can get the support they need after a health setback, without having to make a disruptive move to another community.
A Warm, Vibrant Community at The House of the Good Shepherd
You’ll know the perfect retirement community when you see it. You’ll feel comfortable, welcomed by team members and residents, and excited to make the most of the independent senior living amenities the community offers. At The House of the Good Shepherd, we think you’ll find the senior living community you’ve been looking for right here. We’re a pet-friendly community in a beautiful woodland location on the Musconetcong River adjacent to Stephens State Park. With our warm, friendly atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home in our peaceful setting. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a visit.