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Why an Independent Living Community Is Ideal for Aging in Place

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This week, as senior adults and service providers throughout the country join in celebrating National Aging in Place Week, it is the perfect time to highlight the benefits and joys of independent living.

To effectively age in place is to maintain choice in your life and live where you want for as long as you're able. It means staying where you feel safe, comfortable, and connected to the people you love and the resources you need. This modern approach to senior living allows you to have maximum independence and personalization in your living situation, which can be so good for the soul. It's no wonder 90% of adults over the age of 65 would prefer to age in place!

Definition of Place
For some, "place" is the home they've lived in for years. It may be where they've raised a family and are now welcoming new generations. For others, it's where they've recently moved to enjoy the pleasures of their retirement years. Wherever the location, the one consistent element is it feels like home sweet home.

Staying in a residential home may sound like the easiest and most straightforward senior housing option. However, it still requires planning and possible remodeling to fully prep a home for aging in place. With this in mind, many seniors are choosing to live in an independent retirement community. So, let's dive into this a bit further.

Independent Living at RLC
There's a growing trend of seniors moving to RLC communities, in particular. RLC has become popular because it allows you to enjoy the freedom and comfort of your own living space while experiencing conveniences and social opportunities you would never have at home. In addition to social outings, fitness classes, wine tastings, and other exciting adventures, RLC provides chef-prepared meals and housekeeping services. These conveniences leave more time to celebrate your best life doing what you love most.

Financially it makes sense as well. At an RLC community, everything is taken care of with one simple monthly payment. There are no surprises, and it's easy to plan your budget. Also, RLC communities do not require a buy-in fee or long-term lease like many other senior living facilities. You can direct that otherwise large fee toward a smart investment for your future. Residents can often live on those investment earnings. In other words, wait to spend your money on assisted living, when or if you should need it. Why not plan for health and wellness instead of paying for assistance too early?

Equipped for the Future
It's easy to age in place at RLC because your home is equipped with safety essentials like non-slip flooring and spacious plans to accommodate any mobility changes. The bathrooms have built-in wall support and shower seats. Hallways and sidewalks are extra wide and offer plenty of lighting to get around safely. There's no need for additional remodeling and the expense that comes with this down the road. And, should you ever need home health services, you can contract with your provider of choice at any time. The bottom line is you can continue to live independently and enjoy your community's amenities well into the beauty of your golden years.

Location Matters
RLC has charming and luxurious communities all across the country, which means you can choose a location close to friends and family. This allows you to continue to nurture these relationships while you enjoy the many benefits of resort-style living!

If you're currently in the process of deciding on where to age in place, sometimes it helps to see your options in person. Visit our community page to find a location near you, then come take a private tour. We're also offering virtual tours if that feels better for you right now. Either way, we'd love to welcome you at RLC.

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Resort Lifestyle Communities

Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) develops all-inclusive resort-style communities to provide a relaxing and worry-free retirement lifestyle for residents. The comfort, safety, and enjoyment of our residents are our top priorities. For this reason, every community is staffed with live-in managers, a 24/7 emergency alert system and concierge service, gourmet chefs, housekeepers, maintenance staff, a full-time lifestyle director, and more. For more information about RLC, visit RLCommunities.com.

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