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Using a Checklist to Determine if Independent Living Is Right for You

Jun 11, 2024

Independent living is a wonderful option for active older adults seeking a maintenance-free lifestyle with opportunities for socialization, nutritious meals, and on-site conveniences. You can immerse yourself in a senior-friendly, supportive community that offers healthcare services if your needs change as you age. 

To many, independent living sounds like an excellent choice, but how do you know if it’s best for you? Take a look at our independent living checklist when weighing whether or not you should explore senior living further.  

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A checklist for independent living – the retirement of your dreams 

Review the following checklist to help you decide if independent living matches your retirement goals. Check the appropriate boxes as you move down the list, then keep reading to learn how to summarize the results. 

MY RESPONSIBILITIES I Enjoy Doing It Myself I Could Use Some Help 
Grocery Shopping   
House Cleaning   
Cooking   
Yard Work   
Household Repairs   
Laundry   
Daytime Driving    
Nighttime Driving   
Errands   
Coordinating Services   
LIFE ENRICHMENT I Can Do This Easily on My Own I Could Use Some Assistance with This 
Fun Activities/Things To Do   
Social Opportunities   
Friends   
Convenience   
Dining Options   
Travel Opportunities/Outings   
Educational/Cultural Opportunities   
Pampering   
Amenities   
Fitness/Wellness Opportunities   
Volunteer Opportunities   
Purpose   
Relaxation   
Time To Do Whatever I Want   

After you check the boxes above, count how many times you marked the box in each column. Independent living may be perfect for you if you marked more boxes in the right column! If you marked more boxes in the middle column, you may be happier staying at home – although you may want to explore senior living as a future option. 

Picture yourself enjoying life to the fullest with friends in senior independent living 

An independent living community like Abe’s Garden Independent Living can be life-changing for some older adults. The natural beauty of the Belle Meade campus offers an inviting, cozy ambiance – and the friendly residents and caring team members will help you feel right at home and an important part of the family.  

You can look forward to purposeful living again, knowing the stress of maintenance, cleaning, and home repairs are behind you. Residents at Abe’s Garden Community don’t even have to cook anymore because three daily meals and unlimited snacks and beverages are included in the monthly rent.  

Residents may choose to fill their days with hobbies, friends, and fun outings – or simply rest and relax in their own apartment, decorated to their tastes. You’ll have the freedom you seek with supportive care available as needed.  

Related: Get a sneak peek into a typical day in senior living >> 

Are you ready to explore the benefits of independent living? 

Download our free guide to independent living to learn more about this exceptional retirement lifestyle. You’ll get the facts about independent living and discover what to expect. Additionally, the guide provides tips on what to look for on your tour and how to weigh cost versus value. Click here to download your copy! 

Related: Learn about the peace of mind senior living can provide >> 

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