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Why Seniors Should Consider Independent Senior Living

Apr 01, 2022|Independent Living

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Independent Senior Living: What to Consider to Make Smart Choice for Your Next Chapter

While many older adults believe they’re too young, too independent or too healthy for an independent living community, we often hear current residents say, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” The reasons for moving to a senior living community are abundant, but two that stand out are the opportunity to pursue passions and interests, and the chance to expand social circles.

Research consistently shows that seniors who transition to senior living communities are happier, have an increased sense of well-being and may even live longer. Residing in a senior living community combats feelings of loneliness and provides seniors an array of opportunities to socialize. This helps prevent the isolation and anxiety so many seniors feel as they adjust to retirement.

When older adults consider moving to an independent senior living community, most think about what they may have to give up. But what they actually get when they make the move is freedom – the freedom to explore new interests, meet new friends and pursue an active retirement. 

What Is Independent Senior Living?

The common misconception is that senior living communities are for older adults who need continuous care, but for most, that is simply not the case. If you want to enjoy a retirement lifestyle where you can pursue your interests without the burden of household chores and maintenance, then independent living is right for you.

Independent living communities offer a variety of amenities, such as swimming pools, fully equipped fitness centers, tennis courts, and resident clubs and interest groups. Other perks may include on-site managers living in the same community to offer a familiar and supportive face in an emergency, purpose-built theaters to enjoy with friends or on a date night, on-site salons catering to men and women, and friendly housekeeping services. Most communities are even pet-friendly.

An excellent culinary program, with numerous options, is an important part of a gracious retirement experience. Many independent communities, like Hawthorn Senior Living, offer a restaurant-style dining program that includes multiple nutritious and delicious options served over several courses.

Independent Living at Hawthorn Senior Living

At Hawthorn Senior Living, older adults enjoy a vibrant lifestyle alongside personalized amenities and services that encourage multidimensional wellness. Our independent living communities offer seniors the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of living in a family environment while maintaining independence and security.

All Hawthorn Senior Living communities offer a full complement of amenities and services. Below are just a few of the many amenities we offer.

  • Private independent living senior apartments with convenient kitchenettes and spacious bathrooms
  • An executive chef and culinary team who prepare multiple delicious meals available at breakfast, dinner, and supper ­– and snacks and beverages are available throughout the day
  • Weekly housekeeping and maintenance services, transportation to doctor’s appointments and shopping, and fun and exciting activities and events
  • Numerous purposefully designed areas to relax and enjoy a puzzle, a book, a cup of coffee or a conversation with a new friend

For those seeking a more personalized, hands-on approach to independent living, we have many communities that feature live-in managers who support and serve our residents throughout the day. They eat the same meals as you, enjoy the same amenities, and benefit from the same gracious retirement living experience. Our live-in managers participate in every aspect of life at Hawthorn and walk alongside you in this exciting new chapter of your life. Our live-in managers treat you like family because they live in your community as well.

3 female senior residents putting together a puzzle

Testimonials From Independent Living Residents at Hawthorn

“When my husband passed after 62 years of marriage, I experienced what many of the residents of Alexis Estates have experienced – a dramatic change in how I lived my life. My children were concerned about me being alone in a big house and over an hour away. I was fiercely independent, but even I knew they were right. We immediately started looking for a place I could live that was closer to them and where they knew I was safe. Today, I consider myself a very blessed woman because I’m here. Yes, I’m safe, but I also have my own apartment to be safe in, and I’m never going to have to cook another meal again.” – Resident at Alexis Estates in Allen, Texas

“I’m very happy living at Paloma Landing. My apartment has a large balcony on the south and west sides, which makes a wonderful place to watch the hot air balloons and fireworks. The sunsets are beautiful! The staff and residents are all great, and the activity coordinator is wonderful. She works hard to keep us active and entertained. In addition to driving us to our appointments, our bus driver has taken us on interesting trips. This is a great place to live!” – Resident at Paloma Landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tour a Hawthorn Community Today

Making a choice about senior living is the first step in a new life adventure. The best way to learn more about independent living is to take a tour – see it for yourself and ask questions. At Hawthorn Senior Living, we offer all-inclusive senior living for an active, secure and independent lifestyle. Visit to explore options near you!

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