Most adults begin to dream of their post-career lifestyle as they get closer to retirement, which often includes plans to travel and spend time with their loved ones, pursue their favorite hobbies, and so much more. That being said, even though the possibilities for pursuing their best retirement life multiply when they consider independent living, most retirees don’t even consider anything but staying in their current home.

If you or your loved one is retiring, take a look at Solivita Living. We are a real estate agency located in Kissimmee, Florida that specializes in 55+ independent living communities across Central Florida, including Trilogy, Four Seasons at Orlando, Solivita, and Del Webb. We offer a variety of amenities that provide more options and freedom than if you were to continue to live elsewhere.

In this article, we’ll outline 8 benefits associated with independent living.

8 Benefits of Independent Living

Most retirees don’t consider independent living because it typically means they have to give up their current home. That being said, those who do make the leap have discovered that the benefits of independent living far exceed the life they’d live if they were still living in their previous house.

If you or a loved one is already retired or drawing near to retirement, here are 8 benefits that come with choosing an independent living community.

True Independence/Freedom

For some people, independence is the ability to do everything themselves. The reason they don’t want to consider independent living is that they believe it will take away from their ability to do what they want. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. An independent living community actually gives you more freedom because you don’t have to worry about responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, or maintenance. You don’t have to worry about being tied down by chores and home repairs. You are free to come and go without having to worry about hiring someone to take care of your home or mow the lawn.

Relaxation is Available

In addition to freedom, you have the mental space to truly relax. Plus, these communities often have recreational spaces, spas, pools, and other inviting amenities that help make it easy and enjoyable to relax- no matter what you prefer. You are only responsible for yourself- which is exactly what retirement should look like.

Opportunities for an Active Lifestyle

With more free time on your hands, you can do all the things you never had the chance to before. You can start a new hobby or take advantage of the many other amenities that are offered, such as golf courses, guest lectures, art classes, day trips, tennis and pickleball courts, and so much more. There are plenty of opportunities to be pursue an active and enjoyable lifestyle.

Loved Ones Can Visit

Hosting visitors is so much easier in an independent living community. The staff does all of the cooking and cleaning for you, and there are so many activities to do! You can take the grandkids to the swimming pool, have a family dinner, and so much more!

You Can Cook When/If You Want

As mentioned, when you live in an independent living community, all of the cooking is done for you. However, if you prefer, you are welcome to cook in your own suite if that’s what you choose to do.

New Opportunities to Travel

An independent living community provides you with opportunities to experience local events or travel around the region. Day trips and special outings are offered and you can get group rates for museums, concerts, and other attractions. Plus, if you choose to take a trip on your own, you can make arrangements with housekeeping and be assured that security will keep an eye on things while you’re gone.

Healthcare Access

Most of the time, independent living communities have healthcare services on site, so you don’t have to worry about moving if your health declines. Also, these communities are often located near medical centers and hospitals and are linked with these facilities to make it easier and quicker to access their services.

Allows You to Start a New Chapter

Finally, an independent living community allows you to begin a new chapter in your life by providing you a new beautiful space to start over. Retirement opens up a whole new world and independent living can enhance it.


As older adults draw near to retirement, they begin to think about what their life is going to look like. They often have big plans, but assume they will stay right where they are because they worry that independent living communities will stifle them. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Independent living supports an independent lifestyle and even offers more freedom.

If you have already retired or are getting ready to, consider Solivita Living. We are a real estate agency located in Kissimmee, Florida specializing in 55+ communities located across Central Florida. We offer a variety of amenities that will enhance your retirement. Come see what we have to offer!