Signs You’re Ready for Independent Living

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Perhaps you’ve toyed with the idea of moving to a senior living community but aren’t sure when you should make the decision. Here are five signs you may be ready to move into independent living sooner than you think.

You’re ready to let someone else do the cooking

Healthful, gourmet meals are wonderful – especially when you don’t have to do all the planning, cooking, serving and cleaning up. At Meadow Ridge, our farm-to-table philosophy puts fresh, locally grown food on the table, and some of it actually comes from our very own resident-run farm. Our culinary team makes sure you have plenty of options to choose from, and you have your choice of dining venues as well. The hardest thing you have to do is decide what to eat.

You have more interesting things to do than chores and yard work

Independent living is a lifestyle that embodies more freedom and less stress. When someone else takes care of cleaning, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling snow and making household repairs, you get more time back in your day. You have the freedom to do what interests you, to explore the world around you, and spend time with people you care about. And because these services are included in your monthly fee, you don’t have to hassle with figuring out who will take care of things – we’ve already got you covered.

You still want to learn and grow

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, dive into philosophy, or try your hand at watercolor painting. Or perhaps you’d like to dust off the musical instrument you used to play or start writing your memoir. Independent living makes it easy for you to expand your horizons. At Meadow Ridge, we take a holistic approach to wellness that includes classes, lectures, seminars, cultural opportunities and more, all so you can pursue those things that keep you sharp, engaged and fulfilled.

You appreciate the small conveniences that make a big difference

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. Knowing that when you travel, your home is secure and looked after. Having ready transportation to an event or appointment so you don’t have to deal with traffic or parking. Having a fitness center, salon, dog park, classes and entertainment right on-site. These are the kinds of conveniences independent living offers – and they can add up to make life easier and a lot more enjoyable.

You want to have strong social connections

Face it – friends make life better. As part of a senior living community, opportunities to build and maintain friendships are part of everyday life. With classes, recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, resident committees and nearby neighbors, it’s easier than you might think to widen your social circle. And Meadow Ridge is full of residents who come from a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences, and they’re always looking for a new friend to share life with.

If any or all these reasons resonate with you, it might be time to consider independent living at Meadow Ridge.