Methodist Retirement Communities Offers Insight on Independent Living for Seniors

Knowing a loved one who has been having trouble and/or difficulty getting around can be a daunting task, as well as emotionally challenging. A senior may very well be able to care of themselves; however, there are concerns about falling, medical issues and other uncertainties. There is a percentage of the aging population that needs 24/7 care and there are others that can care for themselves, however they may need some assistance. Independent living for seniors can help address these concerns.

There are many families that investigate independent living facilities when their elders may require assistance with their ADL (activities of daily living). An elder my inadvertently forget to take their medication, driving is out of the question or they may have had a medical condition that prevents them from caring for themselves (i.e. stroke, heart attack). Many of these seniors can care for themselves; however, living alone can be risky. Independent living centers or retirement communities fit this mold perfectly.

Seniors want to be independent for as long as they can. Their minds may be sharp, but their bodies may be challenging them every day. They really donít want ďsomeoneĒ to take care of them, when they believe that they are capable of taking care of themselves. That being said, an independent living facility or retirement community can allow seniors to take care of themselves and assist where needed. Many of these facilities have additional services such as dining rooms, golf and other sports, hairdressers, entertainment, etc. Seniors wonít have to manage a large home that may have included inside as well as outside maintenance.

Facilities are specifically designed to assist seniors where needed. These facilities have amenities designed for a seniorís independence. Many facilities offer safe and secure parking, lighted walkways, medical alert buttons and other senior related requirements. Depending on the facility, they may offer individual food preparation, as well as dining room, restaurants and vending machines. There is usually assistance available for bathing, as well assistance for taking and using medications.

With the baby boomers aging, there are many independent living facilities as well as retirement communities in your area. Itís easy to investigate locations, fees, amenities, safety, pictures, staff, doctors, nurses and emergency procedures for every location. This can be easily completed via an internet search and followed up with phone calls.

After narrowing a search to several different facilities, itís easy to set up an interview and or meeting to determine if itís the type of facility that a senior would be happy in. A visitation is an excellent idea to determine if a facility would be the right fit for a particular senior and their lifestyle.

About Methodist Retirement Communities: Methodist Retirement Communities, a leading non-profit, faith-based system of 10 ďhealthy livingĒ communities spanning across six Texas locations. With a Christian heritage of serving seniors dating back to 1962, MRC has over 50-years of residential senior living and health care experience. Services include independent living, assisted living, certified memory support, skilled nursing and rehab. MRC is listed among LeadingAge/Ziegler top 100 systems in the country.

For a hassle-free consultation to see if an independent living community is right for your loved one in The Woodlands, Lufkin, Texarkana, Bryan, Huntsville, League City, College Station or La Porte, Texas, please visit


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1440 Lake Front Circle suite 110
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 363-2600

Published on: 2017-03-20

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