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What Are the Myths and Facts About Independent Living?

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You’re an older adult who’s reaching retirement age (or who has already retired). You’ve decided you want to find a lifestyle that’s more carefree and gives you time to do the things you want to do. You’ve heard that independent living may be the solution – but what is it really like? 

Maybe you’ve heard some things about independent living that give you pause. That’s not unusual – there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about senior living in general. What is truth and what is fiction? Never fear – the team at Presbyterian Homes Westminster Place is here to share the real deal about common myths in independent living communities.

Myth vs. Fact: What Is Independent Living Really Like?

Myth #1: Moving into independent living is to prepare for health issues in the future. 

Fact: Instead of being a place to move because you require medical care or need additional care services, independent living is just that – independent! Westminster Place does offer higher levels of care for our residents on campus, including assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. However, our senior living community is designed to provide our residents with the best retirement lifestyle possible. 

Myth #2: You have to be “older” to move into independent living.

Fact: Think you need to be much older to move into senior living? Think again. Some types of independent living communities welcome individuals as young as 55. It’s a style of senior living designed for active, healthy older adults looking for a maintenance-free, worry-free lifestyle. Making the move earlier in life has so many benefits!

Myth #3: There’s not much to do.

Fact: Many of our residents at Westminster Place find they’re busier than ever after moving into independent living. From discovering new hobbies to pursuing favorite interests to making new friends, taking classes, improving their strength and so much more – there’s always something to do. Think of it as “resort-style living for seniors.” Westminster Place offers a full calendar of events that include fitness classes, social activities, continuing learning opportunities, off-site outings, and many other options for a vibrant, engaging lifestyle.

Myth #4: Independent living is way too expensive. 

Fact: Independent living can actually be a very affordable lifestyle. Many residents discover they’re spending about the same or less each month than they did living on their own. That’s because for one simple monthly fee, residents can enjoy everything that Westminster Place offers. Dining, activities, living space, fitness classes – they’re all included! Plus, you don’t have to worry about paying for expenses like a new roof, a new water heater, property taxes, or anything else that comes with homeownership.

Myth #5: I’ll lose my independence by moving into independent living. 

Fact: If you think independent living is like a nursing home, think again. Independent living communities offer all sorts of services, amenities and benefits that are designed to help older adults live as independently as possible for as long as possible. In fact, some of our residents at Westminster Place have stated that they are able to be more independent at our community, because everything is designed with the needs of aging adults in mind. Here you will be living in your own cottage or beautiful apartment home.

Myth #6: The food is not appetizing.

Fact: The chefs at Westminster Place are some of the best in the business. Our culinary team, led by our Dining Services Director, Eduardo Delgadillo, creates made-from-scratch, gourmet meals with locally sourced seasonal items, and offers a menu that’s ever rotating and always updating. 

Why Independent Living at Westminster Place Is Ideal for Today’s Seniors

What’s on your checklist for an ideal retirement? A beautiful campus with green spaces and opportunities to engage with nature? A state-of-the-art fitness center with a heated pool and a full schedule of classes? Opportunities to learn something you’ve always wanted to, like woodworking or pottery throwing? A community where you’ll feel right at home and can plan ahead for your future healthcare needs? 

Whatever’s on your list, you’ll find it at Westminster Place. You’ll discover a vibrant place where other older adults just like you aren’t just living – they’re thriving. Welcome to the next, best chapter of your life. 

Discover the ultimate independent lifestyle in Evanston, IL.

Retire the way you’ve always dreamed, on your own terms and with like-minded individuals. At Presbyterian Homes Westminster Place, we have services and amenities that make each day worry-free and endless opportunities to fulfill your plans for the future. Learn more about independent living that exceeds your expectations by visiting us for lunch and a personal tour.