Many people consider independent living as the start of the senior living care continuum, but now adults who desire senior housing without necessarily needing healthcare services have the option to share their golden years with their peers at 55 plus communities.
Whether they’re part of a more comprehensive retirement campus or stand-alone communities, 55 plus apartments and houses in West Seattle offer a variety of benefits for active adults who want to alleviate certain housing responsibilities and have more time and freedom to enjoy activities with like minded individuals.
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What Are the Benefits of a 55+ Community?
If you don’t yet require specialized health and other care services but desire the unique amenities and features associated with traditional senior housing, then a 55 plus, or active adult community could be the perfect transition. Whether you’re still working, easing into retirement, an empty nest-er, or a couple, here are five reasons to consider 55 plus living in West Seattle:
1. A Balance of Connection & Independence
Similar to other types of apartment housing, 55 plus apartment homes are available in one- and two-bedroom models that include all the features required for living independently and with self-reliance, such as free on-site parking, courtesy shuttle buses, full kitchens, and washer and dryer units.
Further, you are part of a campus that puts you in proximity to other residents, along with the public establishments you regularly use like stores, banks, medical centers, and parks. Living in a 55 plus apartment home, you will find a perfect balance of solitude and connection to the outside world that facilitates your ability to continue living independently and actively for as long as you want.
2. Access to all Amenities, Events, & Facilities
Retirement communities generally offer a range of monthly activities, such as movie showings, table games, fitness classes, book clubs, day trips to local attractions, scenic drives, shopping trips, and dinners out on the town. The campus also include numerous amenities and facilities for residents, from recreation rooms and libraries to outdoor walking trails and gardens, and interior and exterior maintenance is part of the bargain.
Residents of the Parkview Senior Residence 55 plus apartment homes have access to all of Daystar Retirement Village’s facilities, amenities, programs, and events, along with complimentary transportation to and from our campus.
3. Flexible Dining Arrangements
Another benefit of 55 plus living is that you have options when it comes to dining. Full kitchens are part of all Parkview Senior Residence apartments, which means you can continue cooking meals for yourself, your friends and your guests and eating within the comfort of your own residence if you want to.
On the other hand, you may prefer the convenience of having nutritional meals prepared for you so you can spend your time and energy on other activities, or maybe you simply find it more satisfying to dine with your neighbors and friends in a communal space. Daystar dining meal plans are included with independent and assisted living and are an optional add-on for 55+ residents who are interested in restaurant-style meals on campus.
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4. A Community of Peers
Some 55 plus communities have formal age restrictions and some don’t. Regardless, these campuses tend to attract people who are 55 and older by gearing their services and amenities to that demographic. As a result of official or implied age restrictions, you are more likely to make new friends who have common interests or life experiences when you live in an age-specific environment.
Being around like minded people in a similar stage of life is an effective way to abate the loneliness that can accompany big transitions, such as retirement or becoming an empty nest-er and downsizing. You also have a good chance of finding a variety of interesting, likable people to be your walking, shopping, crafting, traveling, or dining-out buddies.
5. Easy Transition to Additional Care
In general, 55 plus communities aren’t designed to compete with independent living, but rather complement it. You won’t typically have access to certain care services—such as well-being checks—when living in active adult housing but that doesn’t mean you can’t add them later down the road if the need arises.
At retirement campuses such as Daystar, 55 plus apartment homes can become a stepping stone to additional care when needed, allowing you to age within the same community while transitioning to the different levels of care you benefit from over time.
Moving to a 55+ Apartment Home
You don’t have to be retired or in need of constant care and monitoring to want to be part of a senior living community. That’s exactly what 55 plus communities are intended for. The recently renovated Parkview Senior Residence 55 plus apartments at Daystar Retirement Village in West Seattle give you the opportunity to continue enjoying your hobbies, profession, and daily routine in an environment that supports your active, independent lifestyle while giving you a community of peers and access to shared amenities, facilities, and social events.
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