There are nearly one million adults over the age of 65 living in Minnesota. Many of these seniors reside in independent living communities like Friendship Village of Bloomington, and it’s easy to understand why. Independent living is a great way for seniors to continue living life to the fullest while taking advantage of the benefits that community life has to offer. Here are the top reasons to consider living in an independent living community in Minnesota.
What Is Independent Living for Seniors?
Much as the name suggests, independent living offers seniors the opportunity to live in private residences much as they would at home. However, these residents are all designed with the specific needs and preferences of older adults in mind. Residents can also take advantage of everything community life has to offer.
Independent living provides the ideal living environment for seniors who are capable of handling day-to-day tasks on their own but would enjoy the added benefits of community life. It’s also important to note that independent living is separate from assisted living, where residents receive a higher level of assistance based on care needs. We can help you determine which option is better for your lifestyle if you’re unsure.
Five Benefits of Independent Living
Life at an independent senior living community like Friendship Village of Bloomington comes with a wide variety of benefits, some of which aren’t always obvious to nonresidents. Here are some of the top reasons members of our community have made this little piece of Minnesota home.
#1: More Social Opportunities
Minnesota has been called the friendliest state in the country, and for good reason. People here make “niceness” a priority. This is especially important because friendships have a large impact on well-being later in life. However, many seniors living alone struggle to make meaningful social connections as they age. In a community setting in Minnesota, there are on-site activities, dining experiences and recreation options that can provide opportunities to meet other wonderful people from this great state.
#2: Resort-Style Living
What would it be like to live at a resort every day? Many independent living communities offer a carefree lifestyle that’s a lot like being on vacation. Some include housekeeping and linen services as part of the monthly fee. There are always events and activities to keep you busy and engaged. And if you’re finding home maintenance a challenge during those cold Minnesota winters, living in a community eliminates this burden, too. Here, your every need and desire can be met by a caring, professional team.
#3: On-Site Services
What sets an independent living community apart from all-age resort communities is that it has been thoughtfully designed with the needs of seniors in mind. This includes enhanced security and safety features, and residences and common areas built to be fully accessible. Many communities also offer on-site health services that can accommodate seniors with a variety of healthcare needs. Minnesota has been ranked among the best states overall for health care quality, and its health system performance overall ranks third.
#4: Cost Benefits
Retiring to an independent senior living community can have significant cost benefits, too. Downsizing to a smaller, more manageable living space here can reduce expenses related to home maintenance and upkeep. These communities often offer a range of amenities and services that can reduce expenses, too, such as on-site fitness centers, transportation services and meal plans. Many communities have all-inclusive pricing structures, which means that residents pay a fixed monthly fee that covers most living expenses, including utilities, maintenance, and housekeeping. This can make budgeting and financial planning easier.
#5: More Control Over Care Needs
If you choose a community that offers Life Care, you may see additional savings. For instance, choosing a Type A Life Care contract allows you to seamlessly move from independent living into an increased level of care should the need arise, without a change to your monthly fee. This can provide substantial cost savings on care at rates well below market costs.
Explore Independent Living Options at Friendship Village of Bloomington
At Friendship Village of Bloomington, we’re committed to the holistic wellness of every resident. Our dedicated team will work with you to craft a customized plan that helps reach personal health goals. Whether that’s enjoying fresh, chef-prepared meals in our dining venues or taking classes in our 17,000-square-foot fitness center, we’re here to offer support every step of the way.
If you have questions about life in a community, we’d be more than happy to answer them for you. Contact us to speak with a member of our team and learn for yourself what makes our community in Bloomington, Minnesota, so inviting for so many.