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How Independent Senior Living Can Benefit Those Working into Retirement

September 15, 2022

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It is becoming more common for individuals to continue working into retirement. According to Forbes, “the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that in 2020, 10.6 million people 65 and older were in the workforce. Breaking down that number further, 26.6% in the age group 65 to 74 were working, while the percentage was at 8.9% for those 75 and older.”

While there are many reasons individuals choose to continue to work, such as wanting to stay active and engaged or to help cover the costs of living, this does not mean they cannot also enjoy their retirement years and lead their desired lifestyle. However, working into retirement and maintaining a home may become tiring or even challenging. This is where independent senior living communities can help.

A common misconception about a senior living community is that it is a restrictive environment, but this is not true. In fact, independent senior living can help you enhance your retirement lifestyle and relieve the stressors that come with maintaining a home, especially if you choose to work into your retirement years.

Below, our team at Franciscan Ministries is sharing how you can make the most out of your retirement with independent living.

More Freedom and Independence

Independent senior living is exactly how it sounds: independence. When older adults are hesitant to transition into a senior living community, it is often because they think their lifestyle will be controlled or limited, but senior living communities are about encouraging independence and providing individuals with opportunities for life enrichment.

Senior living communities afford residents socialization, convenience, and an enhanced retirement experience. Whether you’re working or not, individuals have more freedom to spend their days how they choose.

More Time, No Home Maintenance

Regardless of your age, no one wants to go to work only to come home and have to do more work around the house. Unfortunately, this is part of living in a private residence, and home maintenance tasks can become more time-consuming or challenging as we grow older.

By transitioning into an independent senior living community, you no longer have to worry about home maintenance, cooking and cleaning tasks. Instead, you can go to work each day, come home to a clean space, and enjoy a healthy, delicious meal prepared for you.

Not only does this take away a lot of the stressors of everyday life, but it also gives you more free time to pursue your hobbies and interests, socialize or simply relax.

More Peace of Mind

Even though you want to maintain as much of your independence as possible, you may need assistance from time to time. Independent senior living offers this. As a result, you are able to live independently yet have peace of mind knowing that assistance is available should you need it.

Additionally, your health and care needs may change as you age and continue working. Living in an independent community can easily transition to a higher level of care if and when this happens.

Independent Living at Franciscan Ministries

When you are ready to simplify your life, Franciscan Ministries offers you comfortable, easy independent senior living options to fit your lifestyle. Independent living in Franciscan Communities allows you the opportunity to make new friends, experience new things, and enjoy life on your own terms while focusing on what is important to you – the people you love and the things you love doing.

We take care of your needs and desires now and in the future. In addition, our independent senior living communities offer several care options should the need for additional services arise.

Some of our independent living amenities include:

  • Scheduled transportation
  • Dining services
  • Engaging activities, events and programs
  • And so much more!

Whatever the reason you have chosen to continue to work into your retirement years, independent senior living can offer you the freedom and flexibility in your everyday life you need to thrive. Our Franciscan Ministries team is here to help you find the arrangement that best helps you create your desired lifestyle. To learn more about our communities and services, please visit our website or contact a member of our team today!