In a recent article for MONEY, Home Sweet Community, Darren Braun wrote, “Nearly 90% of people 65 and older surveyed by AARP said they would like to ‘age in place.’ And yet the hard truth is that a beloved house in a familiar community can become both physically impractical and socially isolating over time.” What is the answer to those retirees who don’t want to leave their home? As a new generation of seniors comes of age there seems to be a dividing line that splits the myth of ‘Home Sweet Home.’
On one side of the line is a hard-pressed stance to stay in the comfort of a familiar, safe surrounding of the family home. It holds all the memories of a lifetime. Enjoyment with family and friends and pride of ownership loom large. As we age the home that brought so much joy and happiness can become the burden that weighs heavily on the image of retirement freedom. The physical demands of maintaining a home, inside and out, can be daunting. The costs that arise when you must hire someone to maintain a well-mowed yard and a clean house can break the budget. What about cooking meals every day? Any homemaker can attest to the burdens of meal planning, food budgeting, cooking and cleaning up. Then, there are the issues of security and peace of mind. If you travel to visit the grandkids, would your house be safe, your pets cared for and your treasurers secure? Are the kids visiting less and less due to their busy lives? These are many of the real concerns that occasion serious conversations around the dining room table.
Now, envision a well-planned retirement lifestyle free from the burdens of home management. Your personal security and safety needs are met. You have time for making new friends, staying engaged with social encounters such as arts & cultural programs. Arranged outings, health and wellness programs, interesting guest speakers, live monthly entertainment and 5-star healthy dining choices are now the norm. The best part is you now have peace of mind knowing that, should a sudden health issue arise for you or your spouse, the family will not be burdened by worry or having to scramble for care services. This lifestyle, with a secure plan in place, is called Life Plan. And, many retirees are seeking out this lifestyle concept, sooner rather than later.
As an active, 60+ Life Plan Community, The Village has been a mainstay in the San Jacinto Valley for over 28 years. Our original founding partners are still actively supporting the operations of the Independent Living Community as well as the on-site HealthCare Center. As a debt-free community, monthly service fees are surprisingly affordable. With an emphasis on wellness and vitality at The Village, independent living with a guarantee of care for life is the new retirement lifestyle. This is not your “old-folks” home of the past. Residents at The Village have planned well to live life to the fullest, engaged in life today with fewer worries about the future.