Life Plan Community

3 Ways Community Living Can Make You Happier

Older adults have dozens of choices for where and how to spend their retirement years. Some of those choices are limited by ability but, for the most part, today’s older adults are largely healthy and living independently. So, if you’re in good health and capable of staying in your own home, why make a change? What would you gain from community living?

  1. Time

By the time you’re ready to retire, you’ll have spent thousands of hours mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling snow and cleaning out gutters. It takes a lot of time to maintain a home – time that could be spent enjoying the freedom offered by retirement. Older adults enjoying community living don’t have to worry about home upkeep. They can even elect to have their laundry and housekeeping done for them as well. Use that time doing things you really care about like spending time with friends and family, volunteering, traveling or cooking.

  1. Money

It doesn’t just take time to maintain a home. Issues with the water heater, faulty buttons on the microwave, burned out lightbulbs on the front porch — all unexpected headaches that come with homeownership. Senior living communities like Meth-Wick offer a variety of independent living options such as apartments, condos, townhomes and single-family homes that work with different lifestyles. Each living option includes things like appliance maintenance, transportation, and exercise classes so you can live the life you want without having to worry about your budget.

  1. Community

With age, social circles inevitably shrink as family and friends move away and driving gets more difficult. But community living keeps older adults active and connected with a peer group close at hand. Studies show that stronger social connections lead to happier and healthier lives for older adults. Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine questioned a group of SuperAgers, men and women in their 90s and 100s who have exceptional memories, about their lifestyle and habits. Genetics, diet and exercise obviously play a role but where the SuperAgers stood out was “the degree to which they reported having satisfying, warm, trusting relationships.” Turns out having a good group of friends is as good for the brain as it is for the soul.

Don’t think of senior living communities like retirement homes. Think of them like big neighborhoods where everyone has had a lot of the same experiences you’ve had. It’s not about bingo and bus trips – it’s about living the life you’ve been saving for and planning for decades. That life looks different to everyone. Some people want to spend half the year traveling and like knowing their home is protected by staff 24 hours a day. Others are looking for like-minded people to share new experiences with, like taking in local art and culture or trying a new exercise class.

Whatever life you want to live, there’s a community here for you at Meth-Wick.

Top 4 Reasons A Life Plan Community Is Right For You

The boomer generation has changed what it means to be an older adult. You shop differently, save differently and live differently than any generation before you. So, as you transition into the next chapter of life, consider whether a Life Plan Community might be the right move.

What is a Life Plan Community?

Life shows that our communities are about so much more than care; they are about living life to the fullest.

Plan captures the unique “safety net” advantages that Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CRCC) offer through a continuum of health-related services.

Community means connectedness. It’s where “planning” and “living” merge and allow for living life to the fullest.

Formerly known as a CRCC, a Life Plan Community is a residential community that offers more than one level of care on a single campus, has a focus on active lifestyles, and is integrated into the community. At Meth-Wick, you see the Life Plan Community philosophy in action. We have five different styles of living from independent living to skilled nursing care so that when you make the move to Meth-Wick, you will have the care you need no matter what life brings.

  1. Stay independent and in control

Meth-Wick offers a variety of condos, apartments and even single-family homes for residents who prefer to live independently. This keeps you in your home longer – where we know you prefer to be.

  1. Protect yourself and your family

By putting a plan in place today for the next stage of your life, you relieve your family from decision making during stressful times.

  1. Make a smart financial decision

Life Plan Communities typically have an entrance fee and monthly fees. This structure stabilizes costs as you only pay for what you need, when you need it, removing many of the unknowns of retirement planning.

  1. Never move again

Moving to Meth-Wick means that you may not have to move again as you or your spouse’s needs change. Resident Connie Proffitt and her husband Russell moved into a condo at Deer Ridge when they came to Meth-Wick. Connie was able to care for her husband and arrange for in-home care from Meth-Wick Home & Health when she needed to run errands or be out of the house for a few hours. Rather than having to move him to assisted living, the couple was able to spend Russell’s last years together in their home.

Over the past several decades, what it means to be an older adult has changed. So, we’ve changed with it. Our Life Plan Community is a place where you can live life on your terms, whatever they may be.