When folks look into independent living facilities in the Liberty, Missouri, area – whether for themselves or for loved ones – the idea is to make enjoying life even easier than it was before. For most of us, there are chapters in our lives during which we never question the energy and effort that it takes to fulfill what we readily consider our duties to family, community, and career. And yet, even when – especially when – we have succeeded in those chapters, there comes a time when independent living facilities become an attractive option. And yet, being a new idea, it might be hard to know at first what kind of independent living facilities we ought to be considering.
Putting Your Favorite Things Closer
A friend once commented, when we were both in the height of the busy-ness of our careers, “When we were young, we had the time, but we didn’t have the money. Now we’ve got the money, but we haven’t got the time.” One thing about reaching the chapters of our lives that lead us to consider independent living facilities is that, at last, we have the time. More time for our loved ones, more time for friendship, more time for our favorite things.
As we look into the independent living facilities available to us in Liberty, Missouri, one factor we consider is this: How easy will it be to do the things that I like to do? Often, we come to the time of independent living facilities with a feeling that – although we did our duty and lived up to our obligations – we might have short-changed the things that make us who we are, the things we like most to do.
There are places that put as many of those things behind a gate as possible, independent living facilities with golf courses, tennis courts, ball fields, fitness centers, libraries, and even theatres, all “on campus.” Sounds like a good idea as far as it goes, yet unless you think you are going to do all of those things, why would you want to pay for all of them?
A better idea, we think, is to locate our choice of independent living facilities that makes everyday life easy and puts our own choice of assets and activities within easy reach.
Examining a Better Idea
What if your choice of independent living facilities was one in which you are not locked in to one dream? We know just such a place near Liberty, Missouri. From here, you are within reach of them all.
For golfers, the Kansas City area of which we are part is said by industry experts to be overbuilt with golf courses – more courses per capita than most anywhere else. For fishing enthusiasts, we have a coastline full of choices – our own Lake of the Ozarks boasts more shoreline than even California – 1,100 miles of it, in fact. If the mountains are where you find your strength and your sense of the serene, then there are whole ranges from which you can choose. (Believe it or not, Snow Creek ski resort is less than an hour away.) Even the imposing Rockies are just a day’s drive west on I-70. The great outdoors is right at your door here, with trails beckoning for your own exploration – alone or together, as you wish – any time of any day.
The Tricky Part of Choices
Too many choices make choosing even harder. That’s the funny thing about choices. Another is that most choices don’t last forever, and that is especially true about pastimes. Might it be better to put yourself within reach of whatever strikes your fancy? This is only one of the advantages you can enjoy when you choose your own version of independent living facilities in Liberty, Missouri.
When we are no longer called on to travel for our work, travel too becomes a choice, rather than a way of life. When this time arrives at last, then just staying home can become one of the most enjoyable parts of independent living. We take great satisfaction from being able to stay at home when we so choose.
When we choose this spot in Liberty, Missouri, our time at home is never interrupted with tiresome chores like lawn maintenance or snow removal. A responsive property manager is only a phone call away. Right outside our doors, we enjoy community parks and exercise classes. Pot-luck dinners and pancake breakfasts welcome us when we wish. Resident activities ranging from bingo night to Bible study classes are ours, just for the joining in. Game day with neighbors and fellow fans on the community’s big-screen TV, or gathered around the barbecue grill are great for those who like to gather. Together, we create a feeling of calm, of optimism, of capability. That’s the kind of luxury that goes with you everywhere, including to bed, where you can sleep soundly, knowing you have made the right choice.
The Satisfactions of Family and Loved Ones
Within the lives of most of us, technologies such as railroads, air travel, telephone, and the Internet at first enabled, and then encouraged, us to consider careers that took us far from home. We relied on technology to bridge our distances. No longer clustered together as workmates on family farms, most of us saw siblings scatter to seek their fortunes. Many of us left parents behind, certain that our destinies lay beyond the family footprint.
Those of us who have lived those lives tend to agree. The technologies did only a middling job of keeping us together with our families and loved ones. Jets and phones, effective as they are, did not entirely do the trick. The worldwide web and ever-present mobile devices render only a limited kind of connection.
Then, if we are really lucky in life, we arrive at our senior years getting more enjoyment from family and loved ones than from any single passion or pastime. Just as things seem less important than experiences, as life goes on and we accumulate those things, so too our relationships often take on more importance, deliver more pleasure, offer more fulfillment, as the “getting” chapters of life wind down. Here is yet another place where access – a central location with good connections – begins to mean more than any single interest that life can offer.
Those who made their selection of independent living facilities here in Liberty, Missouri, have discovered a solution. From here, we find we can reach our families and loved ones more often, and more easily, than if we had committed to mountain or seashore, desert or woodland, city, or country. The luxury of being in easy reach is without a doubt one of the blessings we have found in this chapter of our lives.
The best way to find out more about this answer to the choice among independent living facilities is to talk with someone who knows. Give us a call at 816-781-8696. You’ll find our staff courteous and knowledgeable. And ask to speak with a resident or two. They’re the ones who’ve found this blend of luxury and independence, and many are happy to spread the word.