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A Checklist for Independent Living

Making a checklist for independent living helps you be sure you choose the lifestyle that matches your dream retirement.
A checklist for independent living

A Checklist for Independent Living

A popular doo-wop song from the 1950s promised us all that “life could be dream”…but what about your retirement? Have you pictured what that might look like? A first step might be coming up with a checklist for independent living so you can be sure you choose the lifestyle that matches what you have in mind. Dreams are great—making them come true is even better!

Achieving your retirement dream: your checklist for independent living

Try asking yourself: what do you want to give up in retirement? And what do you want to gain?

You can put anything you like on your checklist, but be sure to consider all the daily tasks that you are either no longer interested in, as well as those you wish to add more of in this exciting phase of life. Think of it as a blank canvas for your future.

Start with what you want to give up. For example:

  • Laundry
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Yardwork/Landscaping
  • Errands
  • Scheduling Repairs
  • Waiting on the Repair Crew to Arrive
  • Paying for the Repairs
  • Housecleaning
  • Cooking/Meal Prep
  • Eating Alone
  • Daytime Driving
  • Nighttime Driving
  • Boredom
  • Worrying About the Future

Just imagine how nice it would be if all the tasks listed above were handled by someone else, and all the worrying, anxiety, and boredom just went away.

Now think about what you would like to gain in retirement. Which of the following be on your checklist for independent living?

  • Fun
  • Social opportunities
  • More Friends
  • More Laughter
  • Fitness/Wellness
  • Pre-arranged Transportation
  • Relaxation
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Convenience
  • Dining Options
  • No Dishwashing!
  • Travel Opportunities/Outings
  • Pampering
  • Amenities
  • Activities & Programs
  • A New Purpose
  • A Great Location
  • Time to Do What I Want!

An independent living checklist could help make your retirement dreams come true

How good it would feel to wake up each morning knowing you were in control of your day, free to be as busy and active as you choose. With no worries of home maintenance, you might join friends for a morning walk. Check an activities calendar to see what looks good. Invite your granddaughter to join you for lunch. Go to your first Yoga class. Play golf with your new buddies. And that’s just the first half of the day.

At Avalon Park, you can do all this and more—and benefit from living in the ideal location of Cottleville, where you can enjoy boutique shopping, fabulous dining, walking, biking and fishing, and more. You can even hop on a golf cart at Avalon Park and be in Cottleville in just minutes!

And don’t forget peace of mind

No retirement dream is complete without knowing you will have more peace of mind. Not only about your safety and wellness today, but in the future as well. That’s why you want to be sure your independent living checklist also lists a plan for the future. By selecting a lifestyle that also offers the availability of supportive care, you know your needs will be met right where you are.

At Avalon Park independent living community, if your needs change, you’ll have access to an on-site supportive health services provider who can coordinate and deliver supplemental care services—which we call “supported autonomy”—right in the comfort of your apartment.

When you put it all together, you can see how having a checklist for independent living can lead you to the retirement of your dreams. We’d love to help you get started.

Contact us today to set up your personalized tour. Learn how a move to senior living can give you the lifestyle you deserve – download our guide, Choosing the Right Community.

Lisa Smith
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