SENIOR LIVING CHOICES: INDEPENDENT LIVING
When Mom and Dad can manage their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and medications on their own, they are living independently.
One can live in a Retirement Community, Senior Apartment, or at their lifelong home and be living independently. People are living longer and Independent Living is, of course, what we would all prefer.
Independent Living Communities in Southern California offer a wonderful choice for seniors who can get along without assistance, but who are tired of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and keeping up with all the demands of maintaining a house and yard. They offer all the conveniences and wonderful, full activity schedules to keep independent seniors active and engaged. Independent Living communities in Southern California offer all meals and snacks, housekeeping, linen laundry, transportation to doctors and errands, as well as endless social activities, outings, and in-house entertainment.
Most Independent Living Communities have kitchenettes with a countertop and sink, mini-fridge, and microwave. Some communities offer full kitchens and in-apartment washer-dryers. Some independent living communities won’t let folks move in if they use a walker or wheelchair, but they’ll allow them to “age in place” and use a walker or wheelchair down the line, should it become necessary.
And here in Southern California, most independent living communities, as well as most assisted living communities, are just month-to-month, so no big initial investment nor commitment/lease is required. Should the senior require assistance down the line, one can contract separately with a private caregiver to provide the assistance needed so the senior can remain at the Independent Living.
Emotional Needs when considering Independent Living Communities in Southern California...
Often, physical needs and conveniences are met, but social needs are not. This is the grey area that is often overlooked when deciding to live at home as long as possible. Mom and Dad are getting to their doctor appointments, taking their medications, and seemingly doing just fine…..so, why the weight loss? Why the lack of motivation and feeling blue? Why the poor hygiene? Why do they just not seem like themselves anymore? Why do they decline invitations to parties and outings?
When their social life consists of talking with the postman and housekeeper, and their days are mostly spent in front of the television, things need to be shaken up a bit! Here is where we advise a family to look at the big picture of what is making their senior loved one happy or unhappy, and to see if Independent Living is in his or her best interest.
Even though the senior seems to enjoy handling all the chores and responsibilities of living at home, the reality could be that he/she is quietly overwhelmed and frightened, and that loneliness is sabotaging their best efforts.
Social support is a large part of healthy Independent Living. Visiting with one’s lifelong friends eases life’s burdens and offers comfort to all. Making new friends can truly be a lifeline as seniors invariably begin to lose people they’ve known for many years due to age and failing health.
Having other residents to dine with at every meal, to play bridge with on Tuesdays, even to dance with at the holiday party, can put that spark back in their eyes you hadn’t seen in awhile. Your mom’s new best friend and your dad’s new poker buddy could be waiting at the Independent Living community just down the street!
Contact Jennifer or Anita to help you find the right Independent Living Community for your loved ones.