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5 Benefits of Extra Care Living During Retirement

October 2, 2020

Adjusting to retirement life can be difficult. It’s something that few of us are actually prepared for, from a mental and emotional point of view. At the beginning, it can be wonderful when the realisation that you’ve got lots of time back hits you; but after a while, some retired individuals find themselves wondering how to spend their time.

Extra Care Living takes away this feeling of aimlessness, offering a place to socialise and pick up new hobbies, all whilst continuing to live independently.

With this in mind, what are the benefits of Extra Care Living during retirement?

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Prevent loneliness

Loneliness is one of the most common issues associated with retirement. For many of us, the workplace offers ample opportunities for interaction with friends and colleagues – often without us even noticing it. When this comes to an end, socialising opportunities can become few and far between.

Extra Care Living developments eliminate any risk of loneliness in retirement. With like-minded individuals on your very doorstep, and with plenty of on-site activities available, you’ll never have to worry about spending too much time alone.

Prolonged independent living

As we grow older, many of us dread the thought of being unable to continue living independently. Whilst for some, staying at home without assistance may be unsafe, for others, the option of a care home may be a little far into the future.

Extra Care Living developments strike the ideal balance between the two. They fully support independent living, meaning that retired individuals are able to own a property, have full use of their own space and enjoy their lives however they wish to. All the while, unintrusive, yet fully attentive on-site health and wellness support is always available whenever it’s needed, offering peace of mind to the individual and their family.

Retain a strong sense of purpose

Leaving the world of work can leave us feeling a mixture of emotions. Often, having a job/career provides us with a sense of purpose and fulfillment, motivating us to get up each morning and make a difference in the world.

Reaching retirement, though, doesn’t mean that this sense of purpose needs to be – or should be – lost. Extra Care Living developments offer endless opportunities for building your skills and getting involved in the community – whether that’s on-site, or out-and-about. Transport facilities make it easy to travel to nearby places for volunteering, and on-site amenities make it easy to pick up new hobbies and interests – whether they’re developed for personal enjoyment, or transformed into a side business.

On-site support

Independent living is just that; having the opportunity to go about your daily life as you wish, spend time with friends and, most importantly, live in your own property. At an Extra Care Living development, all of this can be achieved with the reassurance of on-site assistance – from housekeeping to healthcare services.

Join a like-minded community

There’s no better place to connect with like-minded people than at an Extra Care Living development. Opportunities for making friends are endless, and the ability to join a variety of on-site communities means that you can pick up a new hobby whilst interacting with those that share your passions.

From becoming part of a new community to prolonging independent living, there are many benefits of choosing Extra Care Living options. 

If you’d like some advice on preparing for retirement, please do take a look at our previous article. Alternatively, if you’d like to contact a member of our team, please click here.