Entering a senior care facility doesn’t necessarily mean forfeiting all independence. Sure, it’s a big step that requires some significant changes, but studies show that retirement communities actually enable the elderly to live independently or semi-independently for much longer than they may have otherwise.

Here’s how seniors can thrive in a Consulate care center:

Activities – Consulate’s assisted and independent living allows patients to live safer, happier lives alongside others going through similar stages. These communities are designed uniquely for the specific challenges that senior citizens face, including mobility issues and the potential resulting isolation. Various programs and events offered to residents combat loneliness and provide comradery, which in turn benefits mental health.

Peace of mind – Residing in a senior community can lower anxiety surrounding all of the what ifs about aging alone, as residents know that additional assistance is available should they need it at any point.

Tailor-made assistance options – The different facilities, programs, and levels of care are not a one size fits all situation. Residents can pick and choose which services they’d like to utilize, such as transportation, check-ins, housekeeping, medication reminders, physical therapy, and more.

Life expectancy – Due to the reasons listed above, research shows that seniors staying in independent living centers tend to live about seven to ten years longer than their homebound counterparts.

Ultimately, sometimes adjusting one’s personal level of independence can set one free to live a happier and healthier life.

If you’re concerned about your ability to function independently, feel free to evaluate yourself (or a loved one) with this brief quiz.

For more information, please visit Consulate Health Care’s services page, or check out these tips from the Association for Long Term Care Planning.