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What to Expect at a Senior Living Community

Shot of a group of senior people having coffee together at a retirement home

More and more active seniors are choosing to move to a retirement community not for the care — although they do like having a plan for the future — but for the freedom and convenience it gives them. Today’s independent living community with a full continuum of on-site care, such as The Village at Gleannloch Farms, offers an unmatched senior living lifestyle. Making the move now allows older adults to take advantage of the services, amenities, and opportunities a community offers while knowing they have access to health services if they ever  need them.

This blog post will tell you what to expect at a senior living community to help you find the best option for your retirement lifestyle.


Defining Senior Living Terms

There are a lot of different terms used to describe senior living communities that can make it difficult  to know if you’re comparing apples to apples. The terms Life Plan Community and Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) are used interchangeably to describe a community that offers one or more higher levels of care — assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation — should you ever need such care.. Independent living is a term used to describe the senior living lifestyle you probably enjoy at your home now … but without all the upkeep and maintenance involved with homeownership.


Benefits of Moving to a Senior Living Community

The biggest reason to make a move to a community is for the senior living lifestyle, but how should you expect it to impact your life? 


One check and done

In independent living, the days of multiple bills are long gone. All your bills — think rent, property taxes and insurance and utilities (even cable) — are rolled into one monthly payment, making it simple to keep track of your finances.


Everything you need right outside your door 

All indoor and outdoor maintenance and housekeeping is taken care of by our friendly and knowledgeable staff, giving you time to enjoy these amenities:

  • Restaurant-style dining, including a café/bistro, coffee shop and private dining room
  • Ice cream parlor
  • Theater
  • Chapel
  • Wellness center
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor pool
  • 9-hole putting green
  • Game room, billiards and table tennis
  • Arts & crafts studio
  • Gardening/greenhouse
  • Therapy room
  • Full-service salon and barbershop

(Read our list of the five best services and amenities to look for here.)


More social opportunities

What do you want to do today? Senior living communities have multiple activities going on every day. You can join your neighbors for a meal, take a fitness or art class, attend a talk, watch a movie, visit area attractions, or just relax. Whatever you want to do, a senior living lifestyle gives you the freedom to do it. 


Interesting neighbors like you

One of the biggest perks of life in an independent living community is being surrounded by others in a similar stage of life. And without the added responsibilities of looking after a home, it’s easy to connect with like-minded people. At most retirement communities, you’ll find residents come from all walks of life: teachers, university professors, doctors, nurses, small- business owners, big-business CEOs, housewives, lawyers, engineers, retired military, and more.


Improved quality of life

After making a move to a retirement community, many residents and their families report that the overall quality of their life improves. Research into senior health has proven that:

  • Older adults who report the highest levels of well-being and happiness are those who socialize, work or volunteer, and exercise.
  • Having healthy social relationships is associated with reduced rates of depression and better cognitive health.
  • Older adults who are physically active have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers; they also have higher levels of functional and cognitive health.


There’s No Place Like The Village at Gleannloch Farms

The best way to get a feel for a community’s senior living lifestyle is to see if for yourself. To schedule a personal tour of The Village at Gleannloch Farms, contact us here. One of our friendly senior living representatives will be happy to tell you about everything we have to offer, including the new villas we’re adding to our community.