Growth Of Independent Living
Life,as it should beDeepak Gupta
We have a whole new, evolved generation of 60 + which is revamping the face of retired life…. pushing limits and how! These new age seniors are super independent, monetarily sound and want to live life on their own terms. Our seniors are high on the ‘cool’ quotient and want lifestyles that are the cause of envy for one and all. They are no longer flustered or depressed with children moving out for study or work. These seniors do not want to compromise with their freedom and can totally take ownership of their lives and don’t want to be dependent on their children.
Independent senior living in India has evolved into an abode that gives life a completely new meaning, with new and renewed old friendships and never a dull moment. There are various factors that have led to this phenomenal popularity of independent senior living spaces. A few of these are as follows:
- Flawlessly comfortable
These senior spaces are extremely modern in architecture and equipped with contemporary amenities. They have been designed in a manner that caters to the specific needs of the senior residents. Comfort and security are ensured at all levels, right from the bathroom anti-skid tiles, grab bars and railings, panic buttons, medical assistance, security guards and so forth.
- Sumptuous and healthy food….and you don’t even need to cook it!
Quite a few of our seniors live alone and tend to compromise on the food they eat. Independent living spaces provide freedom from tedious driving around and grocery shopping and cooking. Moreover, special and healthy diet needs are all taken care of.
- Bye-bye responsibility
Maintaining a house is no small feat, especially as age starts to sprint ahead and illnesses start to creep in. These independent spaces ensure that our seniors are not burdened by these mundane stresses and enjoy life to the fullest.
- Independent spaces are a world in themselves
Our country is huge in terms of topography and culture. These spaces are an amalgamation of our traditions, where diversity is the driving force. Life is exciting, where all festivals are celebrated and mutual respect and tolerance is the buzz-word.
- Bonding time
To further emphasize the above point, these senior living places shun isolation. There are like-minded people living together, sharing life moments and forming emotional bonds that survive the test of time.
- Recreational hub
These senior communities provide a plethora of opportunities to keep their residents constructively occupied. These accommodate everyone. They offer sports, music, cooking, speaking and consulting assignments, innovation centers for mentoring start-ups, short holidays and so much more. This ensures physical as well as mental simulation and, obviously, loads of fun!
- Security is never compromised
These residential accommodations provide 24/7 security to the residents. All apartments/rooms are equipped with emergency response systems. For seniors who live alone, safety is the primary concern. These independent homes ensure that emergencies are reduced as much as possible and immediately attended to when they occur. Residents live peacefully, well aware that they are safe and protected. A large number of our seniors who live alone are constantly exposed to situations where they can fall and hurt themselves or might be too unwell to ask for help. Such mishaps can be avoided in these independent living spaces and can be immediately attended to by the 24 / 7 nursing and medical assistance on premises.
- Family relationships grow stronger
As age advances, our seniors become excessively dependent on their children. This can lead to stress and resentment, both for the children and the parents as the expectations can be way too high and compromises may be difficult to deal with.
With the evolution of these spaces, the younger generation can provide luxury and comfort to the older generation, without any guilt of moving away to achieve professional success. For the older generation its comfort, security and care with round the clock medical assistance and support. It’s a win-win situation for both.
Life is meant to be lived to the fullest…especially towards the latter part….and for our seniors…...it’s time to be lonely no more!