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Pros and Cons of Independent Living

As our parents near retirement age, one of the big decisions they (or we) need to make is about their living arrangements. You may have concerns around the disadvantages of nursing homes and are considering other options. 

Some people choose to stay in the home they’ve known for decades, otherwise known as “aging in place.” Others choose to downsize to a smaller space, relocate to a new and warmer location, or move closer to their family. For those who want to move, the final option is independent living in a senior-focused community. Of course, like all choices in life, there are pros and cons of independent living.   

Pros and Cons of Independent Living 

For seniors that need little to no assistance, an independent living community provides opportunities for daily social interaction. It also relieves them from doing daily chores and keeping up with owning a home. Restaurant-style dining and laundry service may also be included. There are many other benefits to independent living. 

The Pros:

  • Choice of living options.
  • Social opportunities.
  • Easy transition to an assisted living facility.

Seniors may start in the independent living community but need to transition to a higher level of care if their health deteriorates. Knowing that this may be an option can provide families with peace of mind as their loved one enters this new phase of life. 

The Cons:

  • No onsite medical care.
  • Downsizing can be stressful. 
  • The costs involved. 

Pros and Cons of the Elderly Living at Home Alone 

87% of adults age 65+ want to remain in their current home after retirement. This is known as aging in place and has some obvious advantages. 

Advantages:

  • Remaining in the neighborhood/community they know.
  • More affordable than an independent living community. 
  • Enjoy the home they may have worked years to renovate and make their own.
  • Maintain their freedom. 

If necessary, seniors can hire services to fill the gaps, such as companion care or cleaning services. You might consider getting them a pet to help prevent loneliness, too! 

Disadvantages: 

  • Safety becomes a concern. 
  • Home maintenance becomes a challenge. 
  • Increased risk of loneliness and depression. 
  • Needing to lean on friends and family for transportation.

The pros and cons of the elderly living at home alone may balance each other out, but they are serious points to consider. 

Benefits of the Elderly Living with Family 

Alternative living communities can be expensive, so some families move their mom or dad into their homes. Like the other options, there are pros and cons of having an elderly loved one living at home with the family. 

Benefits:

  • Saving money by consolidating bills. 
  • Spending more time with your parent. 
  • They are in a familiar environment. 

Remember that for every positive, there may be a negative. The elderly living with a family member is no different. For example, modifications to make your home accessible can be expensive. You may also find it hard to “get a break.” Having more people in your home can leave you with no outlet to relieve stress. 

Consult the Experts at Advanced Nursing + Home Support

At Advanced Nursing +Home Support, we can provide you with the peace of mind you need as a loved one enters the retirement phase. Whether they choose independent living or to age in place, you may seek additional help. We can provide companion care, including personal care services, memory care, skilled nursing, and other care and home support services

Together, we’ll create a Home Care Plan that’s tailored to the needs of your loved one. Contact us online or by phone at 240-414-4147 today to request more information.

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