Why Move to an Independent Living Community?

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Even though there are plenty of benefits to look forward to when moving to an independent living community, it’s natural to ask why you should leave your house and move somewhere completely new.

You may have raised your family in your current home, or grown close to your neighbors over many years. You may have spent decades shaping the home into exactly what you want it to be.

But now that you’re retired and your kids are moved out, do you need that much space? Have many of your neighborhood friends moved away? Are upkeep and maintenance and lawn care and shoveling becoming too much of a hassle?

This home was wonderful for you as you raised a family or started a career or both. But now that you’ve worked your whole life, you deserve a reward for the benefits of an Independent Living Community.

These Communities Were Built to Please

What comes to mind when people hear the words “Independent Living” can vary from person to person. If you’ve visited some of these communities lately, then you already know that they’re vastly different from what people typically imagine.

For starters, it becomes immediately apparent that today’s modern independent living communities were built to please. From premium amenities like spas and gourmet dining options to the surprising variety of well-designed floor plans available, there’s something to entice just about everyone.

For some, it’s the convenience of living near almost everything they need. If the concept of strolling down the street to pick up a few grocery items for dinner appeals to you, then you’ll be pleased to know that many of today’s independent living communities are designed on a human scale, where residents can choose to walk when they do errands.

That’s not to say everything is within arm’s reach. Most communities offer some form of ride-sharing or pooled transportation options for residents who choose to leave the car at home. Groups often plan trips together for seeing plays and concerts and even travel outings.

Although Independent Living Communities foster independence and self-sufficiency, and people have their own homes with kitchens, there are often gourmet dining options available as well. It’s all about choice, so on those days when you don’t feel like cooking and you’d like to dine with your neighbors, there’s often an option to do so.

Socializing Becomes Easier Than Ever

You may not feel the isolating effects of retirement at the moment, but if you’re like most, you lose a large chunk of your social network once you stop working. Plus, it’s common these days for children to move far away from the homes in which they grew up.

Social amenities and opportunities abound in independent living communities. From movie nights to wine tastings to cultural outings and clubs, there’s a constant stream of opportunities for developing friendships, should you feel the desire. You can also take classes on painting, woodworking, language, and other activities where you’ll meet people with similar interests.

Even if you prefer to keep to yourself, socializing is important. Science says that social isolation can have harmful effects on your health. Wherever you find yourself along the social butterfly spectrum, it’s always a good idea to nurture the relationships in your life. Meaningful interaction can improve health in a number of ways:

  1. Help people manage their stress
  2. Give meaning to people’s lives
  3. May help the functioning of the immune system
  4. Even helps people avoid premature death, according to scientific research

Downsizing Can Be Liberating

There’s no doubt that the house you’ve lived in for decades holds a million memories. It can also take a lot to keep up with all the cleaning and maintenance! Many older Americans find that they have less patience for yardwork after so many years. They’d rather spend their retirement years traveling, socializing, or pursuing hobbies they never had time for when they were working.

Moving to an Independent Living Community means you are free to do those things because many of those daily chores disappear (yardwork is chief among them!).  Smaller floorplans mean less housework, too: less to clean, less to worry about, and less to manage.

You’re Assured an Active Lifestyle

Most adults face the challenge of staying active as they grow older. Like their younger counterparts, older Americans find that motivation is their chief problem, followed by convenience and opportunity. For the younger set, finding time to work out is a challenge. For older adults, it’s typically a matter of opportunity and desire.

Independent Living Communities take care of both of these obstacles. From recreation activities to a fitness center to pedestrian and bicycle-friendly designs, you’re assured an active lifestyle if you want it.

If your marathon days are behind you, maybe it’s time to try something new. Have you ever thought about trying a yoga class? Yoga is perfect for older adults and is growing in popularity in most Independent Living Communities.

It’s Safer

No matter where you live right now, it’s probably not as safe as an Independent Living Community. These communities are developed with safety and security in mind. From the security-minded neighborhood plan to the way the dwellings themselves were built, and even a guarded gate in many, everything has been designed and engineered with safety and security in mind. This also goes for handrails in the bathroom and other safety measures you may need as you get older.

It Might Even Be Cheaper

Maintaining your home is more expensive than you think. Even if your house is paid off, you still have taxes, utilities, potentially a homeowners’ association fee, and many other expenses. As you might imagine, you could easily see a dip in the cost of maintaining your new home in an Independent Living Community. Utility bills are lower and many of the costs of homeownership are either reduced or gone completely when you move to an Independent Living Community.

To Answer Your Question…

Finally, back to the original question of why you should leave your home and move into an Independent Living Community – these are only some of the reasons older adults make the move. The best way for you to get the full picture of how it could benefit your life is to visit a few of these communities and see for yourself. You may find that like others before you have discovered, independent living can mean more peace of mind, more happiness, and even more independence.

Ready to take the next step? Call us today at 405-753-9295

What is memory support?

A warm welcome, a reassuring smile, and a vibrant daily life. Feeling comfortable, secure, and appreciated can go a long way toward helping anyone with memory challenges feel more at ease. At Epworth Villa, assisted living memory support is designed to help residents and their families experience the security, dignity, and services that help each resident lead a more active, vibrant life. Call us today to see how your loved one can benefit from memory support and begin another chapter of vibrant life! 405-749-3517

Spirituality in Assisted Living

Did you know that Assisted Living Residents are welcome to attend the campus-wide Vespers service on Thursday? Our chaplains, spend time with the residents of Assisted Living to check in, pray and visit – whatever the resident needs and wants. At Epworth Villa, we evaluate each resident individually and design a custom program that nurtures and enhances physical, mental, and spiritual health.

God’s Presence by Resident, Rev. Helen Taylor

I really like what Chaplain Laura did last week with the disciples’ encounters with Jesus and the
Holy Spirit — presence, peace, and power. We’re familiar with Jesus’ greeting, “peace be with you,” and
the wind and fire of Pentecost. Obviously, the Holy Spirit is an important part of our Christian walk, too.
This raises two questions. First, what IS the Holy Spirit? It’s God’s Presence that Jesus WAS. Then
when Jesus left, he promised that God’s Presence would be with us through the Holy Spirit. Second, how
do we experience that? We think of that happening in church, worship, or personal devotional time. Some
of us have even had the blessed experience of the Holy Language of speaking in tongues. That may be
an important part of our discipline. But are there other ways, too?

I think Jesus gave us a clue during his remarkable conversation with the woman at the well in Samaria.
Jesus asked for a drink, offered her Living Water, then asked her to go get her husband and bring
him back. When she said she didn’t have a husband, Jesus agreed and said, “You’ve had five, and the
one you have now isn’t your husband.” Her jaw dropped and she replied, “Oh, I see you are a prophet!
Well, we worship God on this mountain. You say the temple in Jerusalem is the only place where God is.”
“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither
on this mountain nor in Jerusalem… But the hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers
will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God
is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth’” (John 4:21-24).

Jesus reveals that God’s presence can’t be contained in a physical location. I take that to mean
that God’s loving presence is not just to be found in church or only in what we call worship. I most frequently experience God’s Presence in worship. I’ve even been moved to tears standing in empty worship spaces — cathedrals in Europe with their high vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. God’s presence is strong in Brill Chapel, during Vespers, and in quiet times. God’s presence is strong in my little
home chapel (once a second kitchen).

Rev. Helen Taylor and a cygnet of Owen and Phyllis the Epworth Villa Swans

I’ve also felt God’s Presence powerfully in nature, even as a child, lying down on the warm curve
of concrete covering our storm shelter and looking at the stars. Then there are sunsets, sunrises, rainbows, majestic mountains, Niagara Falls, still lakes, the silence of deep woods, and strong ocean waves. And, of course, God’s Presence and love come to us through people and even through books.

Perhaps these things happen to you, too, but you might not call them God’s Presence. That might
even sound sacrilegious. I confess that this view comes from my own faith and practice of trying to be
open to God’s Presence in every moment. That feeling in my heart of deep awe that often brings tears is
the same in both worship and nature. This is what is in my heart to share here with love.

Meet Erma!

The beauty of life does not depend on happy you are, but how happy others can be because of you.


Today we are spotlighting Erma, CMA/CNA. She has been with Epworth Villa for a little over 17 years. When asked what was her favorite thing about Epworth Villa, she said the Residents. She said they are so, so important to her. Erma can usually be found on the 4th floor of Assisted Living. She exudes love and kindness and is a treasure to all who know her. Thank you Erma, for all you do!

Epworth Villa is our Mission Field by Resident Cathy Nichols

In 2007, I was blessed to have participated in a three-week medical mission trip to the island of Papua in Indonesia. I had planned to address that amazing journey or the importance of financially supporting foreign missionaries (I support one in Japan and one in Turkey), but the Spirit laid it on my heart to discuss how each of us as Epworth Villa residents can be missionaries at home.

All of us can, and should, give to others. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” Many churches have signs that can be read as one leaves the sanctuary stating, “You are now entering the mission field.”

It is comforting and warms the heart to see many of our residents assist others. One resident makes personalized birthday cards for those on her floor. Some other residents diligently send much-appreciated birthday and thank you cards. Other residents make it a point to look prospective residents and their families in the eye and smile as they tour our beautiful community.

Another way to see Epworth as your mission field is to eat with a resident who is eating alone in one of our dining venues. We have all come upon a lost new resident or visitor. Ask if you can help and guide him/her to the proper destination.

Epworth Villa is our mission field. We can all be Epworth Villa missionaries. What will you do?