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10 Things You Don’t Have to Worry About Once You Move Into Independent Living

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Modern seniors are reinventing what it means to be “in retirement,” embracing an active lifestyle for far longer than previous generations. For today’s seniors, retirement is less a time of slowing down than a transition to new recreations, contributions and social engagement.

This shift in perspective has led to an ever-growing interest in Life Plan Communities that offer independent living options, which have evolved to meet the needs and expectations of today’s older adults.

A photo from the kitchen area of a single story home with an open concept floor plan

Independent living, as the term suggests, is a lifestyle that prioritizes freedom and flexibility. Seniors enjoy the benefits of community life without the unending burden of owning and maintaining a home – no more property taxes, repairs, yard work or a lot of other hassles required by homeownership.

This allows community residents more time and fewer obstacles to pursue activities they are passionate about, whether it’s traveling, staying fit, volunteering, or spending quality time with friends and loved ones.

If you’ve been exploring senior living options, here are 10 reasons independent living could put you on the path to a more rewarding future.


Social connections: Isolation becomes a common health hazard as we age. Staying socially connected is crucial for mental, emotional and physical well-being. Independent living communities provide a vibrant social environment where residents form friendships with neighbors and share in a variety of activities and events.

Rightsized homes. By the time a person is exploring senior living options, it’s likely their home is larger than they need – stairs become daunting, and some rooms go unvisited. Decluttering a lifetime of accumulated possessions and moving to a rightsized residence is a liberating experience. Sometimes, less really is more.

Maintenance-free living: Say goodbye to tedious chores like lawn maintenance, cleaning, and repairs. Independent living communities take care of these tasks, allowing residents to enjoy a hassle-free lifestyle. Clogged drain? Burned-out bulb? Finicky fridge? A quick call and it’ll be fixed in a jiff.

Housekeeping services: Did you know Americans spend about six hours cleaning their homes every week and still feel like it’s not enough? What a luxury it would be to have your home cleaned and maintained regularly by a dedicated staff. Housekeeping services are typically provided biweekly, giving residents more time to relax and enjoy their surroundings.

Dining options: Expect convenient, restaurant-style dining on campus, with nutritious and delicious meals prepared by professional chefs. A meal plan for independent living residents often includes two meals per day, giving residents the flexibility of eating out or preparing a meal in their own fully equipped kitchen.

Transportation: Community transportation services are available to take residents wherever they need to go, whether it’s shopping, appointments, or social outings. If the time comes to hang up the car keys, residents won’t become isolated by lack of transportation.

Lifelong learning: Staying sharp never gets old! Most Life Plan Communities, like The Village at Gleannloch Farms, facilitate lectures, classes and other opportunities for intellectual growth and personal development. Further, residents create their own book clubs and special interest groups right on campus.

Fitness facilities: Staying active is easy with access to fitness centers and group exercise classes designed for older adults. Personal trainers are also available to help residents achieve their fitness goals.

More time outdoors: Many independent living communities are surrounded by beautiful, landscaped grounds and gardens. Residents can enjoy nature walks, community gardens, and a peaceful environment away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Security: Independent living communities prioritize the safety and security of their residents. With 24/7 security and emergency response systems in place, residents can have peace of mind knowing that help is always available if needed.

A photo of the the living room and dining room of an open concept single story home

The Village at Gleannloch Farms is a prime example of an independent living community that caters to the unique needs and desires of today’s seniors. With a focus on freedom, independence and a carefree lifestyle, we offer a range of services, amenities, and activities designed to help residents live their best lives. If you’re considering a move to senior living, contact The Village at Gleannloch Farms to explore all that we have to offer.