Independent Living Tips and Checklist

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You will find there are several variations of types of Independent Living communities, so it is important to take your time finding one that best fits you and your family's expectations, interests and budget.

Choosing the right Senior Living community for you

The Internet is an excellent way to research Independent Living communities in the Boise region. You will be able to find a variety of information about each community on their website, helping you decide if it could be the right choice for you.

The best way to learn about a specific retirement community is to visit it first-hand. Schedule tours of your preferred communities after you do your online research, and bring a list of questions with you to each community. When you plan each tour make sure to keep in mind that the best way to really experience an Independent Living community is to stay a while. Get a taste of what life is like at each community by attending an event, fitness class, scheduled activity or enjoying a meal in the community's dining room. While you are there, ask other seniors what they think about their home. After all, whose opinion is better than a resident's?

Before the move

Congratulations on finding the perfect Independent Living community! As you plan your move, understand that although transitioning into retirement living is rejuvenating, it is a big deal. Many seniors feel overwhelmed by all that needs to be accomplished and may feel sad to be leaving their familiar Boise neighborhood and home. These feelings are completely normal, and the resident and their loved ones should talk openly to resolve any concerns or emotions together.

1. Make sure you have answers to all your questions and have completed all the necessary paperwork. Make copies of important documents.

2. Discuss all of the fees and costs with an associate of the retirement community. Be certain these expenses fit comfortably into your budget.

3. Find out which fees are due before you move-in so there are no surprises on move-in day. Keep receipts of any payments.

After the move

It is time to experience a new way of living! The best way to feel at home quickly is to take advantage of all the services and amenities your Independent Living community has to offer. Join fitness classes, activities and events at your new home to get to know your neighbors and the staff. Invite your family to your favorite activity, introduce them to all your new friends and watch as your retirement lifestyle begins to blossom.