Questions to Consider When Choosing an Independent Living Community

Do you daydream about leaving behind the responsibilities of managing a household? For people who can live independently with minimal support, communities that offer an active lifestyle are a compelling option.

If you live on your own or with a partner, you may find significant advantages in moving to a community. From supportive services like transportation to friendly neighbors and an array of social activities, independent living communities provide the ideal setting for pursuing your passions.

We have compiled the following list of questions — and answers — you may want to consider as you choose a community.

What exactly is an independent living community?

Independent living communities offer a welcoming environment for individuals who wish to take advantage of a variety of services and amenities. While independent living communities generally do not offer healthcare, they provide many supportive services that free residents from the burdens of homeownership and allow them to pursue their hobbies and interests.

Housing options and pricing vary among communities based on location, services offered and other factors. At Preston Place, you can choose among one- and two-bedroom apartment floor plans with options like a balcony, den or patio. No matter the floor plan you choose, you’ll enjoy features like hardwood cabinets, granite kitchen countertops and 9-foot ceilings.

Independent living communities are best suited for people who can live on their own but choose to give up the responsibilities of home maintenance to focus on the things they enjoy.

How does it differ from other types of supportive living?

Independent living communities offer a variety of services to individuals who can live safely and comfortably on their own, without significant assistance. The services and amenities in independent living communities are designed to provide residents with maximum comfort and convenience as they enjoy their time as they wish.

Unlike some other types of supportive living, independent living communities do not offer medical services or included access to nursing staff. In some independent living communities, residents may wish to hire their own assistance for temporary medical needs or personal care, but the services typically are not offered through the community.

If you or your family member need significant help with daily activities — including dressing, bathing, eating and taking medications — you may wish to explore supportive living options that offer care services and routine medical assistance.

What services are provided?

Before you select an independent living community, you may want to consider the specific services offered and whether they meet your needs. Depending on the community you choose, you may have access to convenient services including transportation to appointments, shopping and scheduled programs and events. In addition, you may enjoy chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, maintenance and landscaping, 24-hour security and some included utilities.

In an independent living community, you also can take advantage of a variety of wellness programming, including exercise classes, a fitness center and walking trails. A full calendar of social and educational programming includes performances, discussion groups, classes and an array of activities.

What amenities do communities offer?

Amenities in independent living communities can vary, and you should choose the community with features that make you feel at home and that best complement your preferred way of living. You may enjoy multiple dining venues, such as a formal dining room, coffee bar and private dining room.

Your community also may include elegant common areas, including a library, art studio, business center, billiards and game room, theater, beauty and barber salon and beautifully landscaped outdoor areas.

What’s the cost to live in an independent living community?

Costs for living in an independent living community can vary significantly depending on location, services offered, type of residence and other factors. Some communities offer a monthly rental fee arrangement that covers nearly all the offered services and amenities. Other communities offer a-la-carte fees that allow residents to choose among services. As you consider communities, think about the services you will need to help you enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

In addition, some communities require significant entrance fees before you can become a resident. By choosing a community that does not require a large buy-in fee, you gain flexibility and control over your budget and financial future.

Medicare typically does not cover costs associated with residency in an independent living community. Most residents fund a move to a community with their monthly pension, retirement benefits, savings or proceeds from the sale of a home.

Where is the community located?

Before you choose an independent living community, consider your feelings about the surrounding area. Is the local region one that you already know and love? If not, is it somewhere you might enjoy calling home?

Think about how far the community is from your friends and family members, and consider how far you would need to travel to visit the people who are important in your life. In addition, take a look at the attractions of the area and consider how they mesh with your personal preferences. If you enjoy seeing local attractions and going on social outings, will you find plenty to do? For people who thrive on staying active, a variety of attractions such as shopping, dining, museums, sporting events and performances provide options to keep life exciting.

What activities are offered?

Independent living communities offer a wide range of programming to please the varied interests of a diverse resident population. Whether you are interested in fitness, art, travel, current events, games or simply socializing, you’ll find a wealth of options for pursuing your passions and new interests.

Before you make your choice, consider whether the community offers programming that includes all the dimensions of wellness — such as social, spiritual, mental and physical. By moving to an independent living community, you free yourself from the chores of home maintenance, and you free your time to pursue the things you care about. Within your community and in the local area, you should find plenty of activities, events, attractions and social opportunities to help you keep your body, mind and spirit healthy and active.

What types of individuals live at the community?

In any community you choose, you’ll want to get to know your neighbors. You may find it advantageous to learn prior to your move about who lives in your preferred community. If possible, ask about residents’ average age, the breakdown of women and men and how many residents are single or part of a couple.

To get a feel for the overall community and the ease of making some friends, consider at least one visit. During your time at the community, try to speak to as many residents as you can; ask for their feedback and opinions as you plan your move. By getting to know residents, you can learn more about the community you’ll call home — and you may make some new friends in the process.

What are the most important considerations?

Independent living communities differ in their locations, the amenities and services they offer, the residents who live there, the fees they charge, the types of meals they serve and the activities you can enjoy. All these factors should play a key role in your decision. Most importantly, you should feel comfortable in the community. You should find it welcoming, and you should be able to envision yourself leading an active, fulfilled life there as you make new friends and spend time pursuing your passions.

Preston Place is an independent living community in Plano, Texas — only a short drive from area attractions, dining and shopping. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape and architecture, Preston Place offers exceptional customer service, elegant amenities, delicious meals, stimulating activities and much more. To experience our community for yourself, please contact us today to plan your visit.

Reasons to Consider an Independent Living Community in Dallas, TX

You may have noticed a shift in retirement living preferences: more and more of your friends are choosing to sell their homes and move into an independent living community. If you’re like a lot of older adults, you’re probably left wondering what would drive a decision like this.

Here’s the secret: independent living communities have evolved into resort-like communities, offering a carefree lifestyle overflowing with opportunity for growth and adventure.

Here are 20 reasons you should consider exploring independent living communities in Dallas, Texas:

You can say goodbye to yardwork: You can enjoy lush greenery and the serenity of a beautiful yard and garden without pulling weeds on your knees in the heat.

You have various dining options: If you enjoy cooking, senior apartments are usually equipped with a fully functioning kitchen so you can continue cooking your favorite recipes. You can also take advantage of delicious, chef-prepared dining options in a restaurant-style setting. Some communities, like our Dallas independent living community, offer continental breakfast and a Sunday buffet, among other options.

You never stop learning: Learning every day is the best way to keep your mind in shape and fight off conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. The majority of independent living communities host a myriad of programs and activities to ensure personal growth and development is always at your fingertips. Trivia and art classes are just a few examples.

You can focus on fitness: Many independent living communities offer access to an on-site, state-of-the-art gym as well as exercise classes, personal training services and wellness seminars so you can focus on your wellness, staying fit, mobile and pain-free.

You can downsize: Many older adults find that downsizing is therapeutic. It provides the perfect opportunity to get rid of years worth of accumulation and keep items that have the most personal, sentimental value.

You create lifelong friendships: You’ll find lifelong friends at retirement communities. It’s easy to meet others with the numerous formal and informal opportunities presented in independent living communities. Many friendships have blossomed at Meadowstone Place’s weekly movie night, fitness classes and clubs.

You have access to good books: Stay up to date on current news and events and read your bucket-list books in the on-site library. You’ll enjoy the perfect setting for personal growth, relaxation and adventure – without ever leaving the comfort of the community.

You have better access to healthcare: Not only do most independent living communities offer transportation to and from primary care and specialty appointments, most also have a system in place for rapid response should you need emergency medical attention. This gives you the best access possible whether you see a doctor for annual checkups only or you have chronic conditions to manage.

You’re never tied down: Home and lawn maintenance are covered in many independent living communities, so you’re free to travel, spend time with family members or mark things off of your bucket list. You can come and go as you please without worrying about your home or chores.

You have total freedom: When you live in independent living, you get to create your own schedule. You choose whether to dine in or eat out. You choose your primary care provider, the events you attend and how to furnish your home. At our Dallas retirement community, you select the services to take advantage of and which you don’t care for.

You can enjoy your favorite beverages: Meadowstone Place provides a coffee bar and juice station for residents. Fuel up with your favorite beverage before the sun comes up or before you head out on your next adventure.

You can bring your four-legged friend: Not all retirement communities welcome your pets. However, many do. Be sure to check with independent living communities you are interested in to learn about their pet policy. Meadowstone Place is a pet-friendly independent living community in Dallas.

You look and feel your best: An on-site beauty and barber salon means you can spend time getting pampered so you can feel your best, all in walking distance to your home.

You can enjoy a pool: Many independent living communities offer an outdoor pool and cabana area for relaxation, socialization and leisurely exercise. Soak up the rays poolside with a good book or alongside friends.

Your expenses are predictable: Most independent living communities charge one flat rate that includes your rent, utilities and the services and amenities you choose to take advantage of. This can be especially helpful in retirement, when you may be living off of a fixed income. Fixed expenses make budgeting simple and ensure you always know exactly what to expect.

You can choose the senior apartment of your dreams: Take advantage of breathtaking views, modern living spaces and a lot of natural light in some of the most beautiful and modern independent living communities in Dallas. Updating your home can be overwhelming and expensive, but independent living neighborhoods are designed to give you the best home possible.

You enjoy stress-free entertainment: Host friends and family members for a get together, party or intimate dinner without stress or worry. Independent living communities often offer gathering rooms for residents’ use, which means you can host company in the perfect sized space without having to pack and travel.

You receive help with housekeeping: Just because you can still maintain your home on your own doesn’t mean that’s how you want to spend your valuable time in retirement. Take advantage of optional housekeeping services so that you don’t have to worry about time-consuming chores.

You only drive when you want to: You don’t have to face the traffic for daily tasks and appointments at independent living communities. For any amenities or services not offered on-site, independent living communities generally offer transportation to destinations such as appointments, pharmacies and shopping malls. Enjoy the company of others while you run errands and grab the basics.

You can say goodbye to boredom: When you choose an independent living community, you gain full access to regular events and programs to ensure that you’re always able to find something that entertains you and fills your time with purpose and meaning.

With these great reasons to consider the retirement lifestyle, why not take a look? To learn more about our independent living community in Dallas, visit us at Meadowstone Place today. We are eager to learn more about you, show you around and welcome you to the neighborhood. Contact us to schedule your tour.