When speaking in public, one of the first questions I ask is, “What is the first thing which comes to mind when someone mentions senior living? The answer is always, 100% of the time, the same- four words, assisted living and nursing home. Wow! It is so important for people to educate themselves and their loved ones about all of the options available to us as we age. The biggest mistake most people make is due to lack of education. Often times people will say that they will move to an independent living when their health begins to decline. My heart aches when I hear this because the time to begin planning is now! This is a decision that one is better making themselves, rather than waiting until someone else has to make that decision for them. Independent Living is just as its name implies. Residents of independent living communities are (or should be) able to come and go at will, with few rules which infringe on their freedom and independence. The entire concept of Independent Living, is to give people a greater quality of life for an extended period of time. The ideal situation revolves around making this the one and only move one will ever have to make. Most independent living communities will offer a plethora of services and amenities for one monthly fee. This makes the lifestyle of the resident more carefree and enables him/her to do the things in life which they enjoy, while doing away with the rigors of maintaining a household. Gone are the monthly utility bills, homeowners insurance, lawn care and maintenance. Utilities, (and in most cases local telephone service, along with WIFI), weekly housekeeping, local transportation, and delicious meals served in a pleasurable atmosphere are just a few of the many services which are included with one’s monthly fee. Most communities will welcome Home Health Care, Hospice and other 3rd Party services. Go out- do your research and then call City Center Village, we offer the most services and amenities in a carefree, homelike, yet luxurious setting for less!