When Is It Time to Consider Independent Living?

As older adults age, they may begin to wonder about senior living and consider the benefits that an independent living community might bring to their lifestyle.

For many seniors, a retirement living community is often the best choice – where they are surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals with the same freedom, interests and experiences. They may also appreciate the peace of mind of living where they can receive additional levels of care if it ever becomes necessary.

No matter the reason for the move, a senior living community comes with a lot of benefits, so if you or a loved one have been considering independent living, there’s no better time than now to learn more and evaluate your options.

Signs It’s Time to Begin Considering Independent Living

Are you or a loved one considering independent living at a premier community like Waterstone of Westchester? While the decision to move is personal to everyone, there are some signs that a move to independent living may be ideal.

You or a loved one would like an engaging lifestyle full of things to do.

When older adults live at home, they may not see friends as often, may find themselves feeling bored, or may even become depressed due to a lack of enriching opportunities.

In independent living communities, older adults have access to a range of activities to help keep them engaged. From live entertainment and engaging programs to special interest groups and trips to local attractions, there’s always something for them to enjoy.

At Waterstone of Westchester, residents have access to countless possibilities. Here, they can participate in:

  • Continuing education
  • Cultural, social and recreational programs
  • Scheduled programs
  • Lecture series events
  • Trips and outings
  • Clubs and classes

That’s only some of the fun, however. Read more about our programs by visiting our website.

A focus on wellness would be beneficial.

Many independent living communities focus on health and wellness to enhance the lifestyle of seniors for years to come. This is now an aspect of retirement living that many seniors are actively looking for as well. With fitness center programs, classes and education, independent living can help you improve and maintain your health while providing an active lifestyle.

At Waterstone of Westchester, wellness is a large part of what we do. We strive to put older adults on a path to better health, no matter their goals, routine or level of commitment with:

  • One-on-one training sessions with a personal trainer
  • Mind-body studio
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Group fitness classes

If you or a loved one are looking to enhance your wellness by being pampered, look no further than our full-service salon.

Days would be more fun without needing to plan, cook and clean.

Are activities like housekeeping, yardwork, preparing meals and maintenance becoming painstaking and more of a hassle than they should be? Independent living communities remedy this by taking care of all of it for you; but at Waterstone of Westchester, we take it a few steps further with:

  • Concierge services
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • Anytime dining in our restaurant dining room
  • Heated underground parking and covered parking
  • Freedom from maintenance and yardwork

All of these aspects combine to create worry-free living, allowing you or your loved one to simply enjoy your lifestyle.

The company of friends would enrich your or your loved one’s days.

Did you know social isolation can be detrimental to health? What’s more is that as seniors age, it becomes more likely for them to feel isolated or lonely. Whether this is because they live far away from friends and family, live alone, or simply aren’t in the right location to easily make friends or socialize, independent living communities can help.

At independent living communities like Waterstone of Westchester, friends are always nearby – as are opportunities to make new friends – because of all the programs, activities and more just outside you or your loved one’s door.

A plan for senior care would bring peace of mind.

Did you know that independent living communities, although drastically different from a nursing home or long-term care facility, typically offer supportive services if health needs change? These services can be provided by their own care team or a trusted outside provider and may include support with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing or medication management, and other personalized care plans tailored to individual needs.

At Waterstone of Westchester, our independent living community offers on-site supportive care services through our partnership with VNS Westchester. Some of the services and support provided may include:

  • Personalized care consultations, daily planning and routine wellness visits
  • Home health coordination, providing daily living support in their apartment home, and care as needed
  • Medication management
  • Primary and specialty care on site

Our experienced staff is trained to navigate healthcare needs. Overnight support staff is also available.


Located in White Plains, NY, Waterstone of Westchester is the area’s premier independent living community. We’re close to exquisite shopping, fine dining, volunteer opportunities – and close to your heart. Come visit our beautiful location and see what Waterstone can offer you.