3 Big Advantages of Independent Living Communities

couple taking a walkMaking the move to an independent living community is a big decision. Before you’re ready to begin comparing your options, you first need to decide if a maintenance-free lifestyle is what you really want. In this post, we’ll help make your decision a little bit easier by exploring three of the biggest advantages independent living communities can offer you in your retirement years. Let’s get started!

1. No More Housework or Yardwork to Worry About

Sure, some people enjoy mowing the lawn or performing basic home improvement tasks. But let’s be honest, if you could choose between shoveling the driveway or playing another board game with your grandkids, you’d probably choose the latter – every time. This is one of the biggest independent living community advantages! You get to enjoy all of the comforts of a home you love without the burden of mundane chores like clearing out your gutters.

When you choose an independent living community, like a Senior Star community, your days can be spent catching up on your reading list, spending time with friends and family, watching movies at home or preparing for your next big adventure.

2. A Built-In Social & Activity Calendar

Whether you’re a social butterfly – fluttering from one interaction to the next – or you’re more selective about when you venture out, independent living communities offer plenty of options for socialization. What is a typical day at a Senior Star community really like? Here’s a sneak peek at one of our daily activity calendars:

  • 9:00 AM: Stretch and Coordination (Activity Room)
  • 9:30 AM: Exercise w/ Loyce (6th Floor Landing)
  • 10:00 AM: Trip to Claremore: JM Davis Gun Museum and Lunch at the Hammett House
  • 2:30 PM: 75¢ LRC Dice Game (Activity Room)
  • 4:00 PM: Social Hour (Living Room)
  • 6:15 PM: NewsCurrents (Activity Room)

At a Senior Star community, you can choose to participate in as many or as few of these activities as you want. The only thing you can’t do? Find a good excuse for being bored.

3. Restaurant-Style Dining

The only thing better than a home-cooked meal is a home-cooked meal you don’t have to prepare yourself. Some independent living communities offer true, restaurant-style dining that you can always count on for healthy, yummy and nutritious meals. At Senior Star, all of our communities feature a dedicated culinary team that is committed to preparing the kind of breakfast, lunch and dinner you’ll still be talking about the next day. Don’t believe us? Check out a sample menu:

  • Sole with Lemon Sauce: Served with Scallion Wild Rice, Romaine with Grilled Onion, and Garlic Bread
  • Cornish Game Hen: Served with Prince Charles Blend, Potatoes Au Gratin, and Pie à la Mode
  • Turkey: Served with Cream of Mushroom Soup, Pickled Beets, Roasted Stuffed Pepper or Broccoli, Dressing, and Lemon Meringue Pie or Lemon Crème Pie
  • Beef with Mushroom Sauce: Served with Cheddar Potato Soup, Yogurt with Fruit, and Apple Crisp or Baked Cinnamon Apples
  • Signature Fried Chicken: Served with Macaroni & Cheese, Seasoned Green Beans, and Pecan Pie

The Senior Star Difference

The Senior Star difference ultimately comes down to this: service with love. There is a profound love behind everything we do – the meals we prepare, the activities we plan and the amenities we make readily available to our residents. We believe that without love there can be no purpose, no reason for being. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what some of our residents have to say:

 “One of the things that really influenced my decision was the [happiness] of the residents,” Kathryn, Senior Star Resident

“There’s a lot of activities and I try to participate in them as much as I can. Especially the exercises,” Herbert, Senior Star Resident

“I can’t say how much I appreciate the friendliness of all the staff here… It’s a wonderful place to live,” Peggy, Senior Star Resident

Get Started Today – Join Us for a Tour

Your decision to move into an independent living community is your own. And, at the end of the day, we know there is nothing we can tell you that will sway your decision one way or another. That’s why we wholeheartedly invite you and your family to come visit us in person for a tour. It’s the best way to really understand the advantages of independent living for older adults. Contact us today for more information or learn more about the vibrant lifestyle options at Senior Star communities.