Dec 29, 2020 by Danielle Andersen
Each year we make new year’s resolutions as we count down to the new year and watch the ball drop in Times Square. How many of those new year’s resolutions actually become habit, though? It’s not that we don’t want to exercise more, volunteer or finally learn how to play piano, it’s just that other things get in the way.
As you (joyfully) say goodbye to 2020, make the greatest new year’s resolution you can make for yourself in your retirement years. Moving to an independent living community will give you the freedom to exercise, pick up a new hobby and so much more.
The new year is an ideal time to re-evaluate your living situation, especially if you are entering or are currently in retirement. Being a homeowner comes with its perks, like owning your own house and having the freedom to do what you wish. However, it comes with drawbacks like property taxes, utility bills and frustrating home maintenance. Independent living, on the other hand, still offers the same level of freedom you want, just without all the time-consuming and expensive home repairs and upkeep. Moving to an independent living community in the new year offers you:
Even if independent living checks all the boxes for your retirement lifestyle, one question may weigh on your mind: Is independent living safe? This year’s pandemic has made us all question the health and safety of our living environment.
Fortunately, the levels of care in continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have been the least affected by the pandemic. In fact, eight out of 10 CCRCs reporting COVID-19 cases have had fewer than two percent of residents and staff affected. This is largely due to the stringent safety and health protocols senior living communities have implemented to keep residents protected from the virus.
At Knute Nelson, for example, we are closely following the recommendations and guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We conduct facility-wide testing periodically in our buildings and all staff are required to wear appropriate PPE to keep residents safe. Indoor visitation is prohibited at this time, but we are using our e-Konnect program to help our residents stay connected to their family and friends. With safety protocols like these, you can move to an independent living community knowing your health and safety are top priority.
Are you ready to start the next chapter of your retirement this new year? Look no further than Knute Nelson. Our independent living communities, Grand Arbor in Alexandria and Crystal Brook in Park Rapids, offer the stress-free, active life you’ve wanted in your golden years. Say goodbye to home maintenance and feelings of loneliness or isolation, and welcome more free time, socialization and top-notch amenities.
Contact us today to learn more about independent living options at Knute Nelson.