Preparing for retirement opens a whole new world of possibilities for active seniors who are ready to enjoy life to the fullest. Perhaps the most important aspect of retirement is where to spend it: in the family home or in an independent living community. To make the best decision, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of each to ensure retirement is everything it can be. The pros of the independent living lifestyle
Pro #1 – Independence. There is a reason it’s called independent living, and that is that the lifestyle is designed to provide residents with the freedom to achieve their retirement goals while living in relative luxury. At Sonrisa, our upscale community offers everything seniors need to step up and step out into the life they always imagined while at home and away.
Pro #2 – Luxury throughout. At Sonrisa Senior Living, we know retirement is the time for a little self-pampering and it shows in every aspect of our community. Starting with our luxurious apartments with open floor plans and 9-foot ceilings, contemporary and upgraded kitchens, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and walk-in showers, it might be tempting to stay home more often and just soak it all in. But our seniors also love the many communal spaces designed to provide an open-air atmosphere that is both spacious and cozy. For fitness buffs, our state-of-the art fitness center will make staying in shape a breeze!
Pro #3 – Room to roam. From spacious and luxurious apartments to community-wide spaces for all to enjoy, independent living communities offer more than most imagine. For example, Sonrisa is nestled in beautiful Roseville, CA, and although our independent living community is very self-contained it also offers residents everything Roseville has to offer as well. That includes a variety of arts and entertainment venues, great shopping, world-class restaurants, parks, golf courses, and medical facilities, all close by.
Pro #4 – Maintenance-free living. Unlike remaining in a home, independent living communities provide living options that are free from the never-ending maintenance associated with owning a home. No worries about roof replacement or backed-up plumbing, no finicky contractors or huge bills to pay, everything is managed so residents only have to be concerned with what’s next on their agenda. For those who want to travel worry-free, they can leave for their next destination knowing their home will be well cared for in their absence, no matter how long they are gone.
Pro #5 – Plenty of planned and impromptu fun. Every day in independent living offers opportunities to have a wonderful time doing what you want when you want to do it. No more sitting at home waiting for an invitation or trying to think up something fun to do alone, at Sonrisa there is always a full calendar of events, classes, entertainment, and activities to enjoy. All our residents have to do is show up! For those who prefer spontaneous entertainment, a game of pickleball will hone their competitive edge or perhaps an afternoon poolside is in order. There is always something to do in independent living to make each day seem like a vacation.
Pro #5 – On-site amenities. Before independent living, seniors spent a lot of time wasted, running across town to the hairdresser or barber, driving to the day spa for a massage, or trying to get to the movie theater on time. In today’s independent living like Sonrisa, amenities are provided onsite including hair salons and barbershops, spa services and movie theaters. No matter what the preference, independent living communities go the extra mile to make life easy and effortless for residents.
Pro #6 – Amazing meal options. Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy chef-prepared meals every day, without turning on a stove or oven? At Sonrisa, our chef prepares exquisite meals daily in the elegant restaurant or our residents can enjoy a quick snack or cup of coffee at the Bistro Café. Residents can even enjoy a meal poolside or fireside with family or friends. The cons of the independent living lifestyle
Con #1 – Care is not included. For seniors with ongoing mental or physical health concerns requiring nursing care or those who need to have daily help with dressing, tending to personal hygiene, or taking medications, independent living is not the right choice. Rather, assisted living is the perfect alternative for seniors in this situation. That is not to say that help isn’t available in independent living. In an emergency, independent living residents will often have help close by to assist them.
Con #2 – Downsizing. As liberating as simplifying your life is for many seniors, selling a large family home and downsizing possessions to move to an independent living community can be stressful, even painful, for others. But they often come around when they realize how much they have to gain by the move. Each senior and their family should consider all the pros and cons to ensure a stress-free and happy move when the time is right.
Sonrisa Senior Living is an independent living community that has raised the bar for amenities, luxury, and active senior living. Find out more about all we have to offer and contact us today!