Shire Blog

03/12/2013 - A State of Independence

Independence is something we value. We all have our own tastes and interests and though we may have a circle of friends and family, at the end of the day, there’s a place we return to; our sanctuary, our space, our home. That’s the place where we can relax on our own or with our partner. Losing that sense of independence is perhaps one of the greatest worries as we get older. We’d all wish for a happy and healthy retirement but none of us can predict the level of care or support we may need in future. That’s the dilemma that makes choosing a new home in later life that much harder.

Independence couple
Independence couple in Kitchen

If health issues do intervene, we may have to consider moving to smaller, more practical accommodation. In the past, that may have meant sheltered accommodation; maybe a retirement or care home. And it’s easy to see that as perhaps surrendering one’s independence. Many people in their late fifties onwards simply aren’t ready to do that. They’ve lived through a period of social and cultural change and have different expectations to their parent’s generation.

In recent years, there’s been a rise in the number of housing schemes that allow residents to retain a sense of independence whilst offering additional on-site care. These ‘extra care’ schemes give residents the reassurance that, barring major illness, they can lay down roots and relax.

Modern, well-appointed with friendly staff; extra care schemes offer the best of both worlds. You have your own apartment with kitchen and bathroom and access to communal rooms for leisure pursuits and a restaurant too. All this comes within a managed, secure complex with the freedom to live the life you choose.

ShireLiving provides all of these things in an affordable fashion. We’re opening new schemes across Staffordshire & Shropshire and details will appear on this web site. So, if any of this has struck a chord with you or your family, perhaps you should consider ShireLiving...think of it as a state of independence.

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