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True independence isn’t isolated aging in place; it’s freedom and support to pursue your passions.

Most senior living communities follow a care model. Revel Communities, a collection of new independent living communities, follows a growth model focused on successful aging and continued quality of life.

“It’s not passive care, one-size-fits-all, with everything on a strict schedule. Our model is more active, providing opportunities for our residents to continue doing the things they love while seeking new opportunities for learning and growth,” says Catherine Owens, Regional Sales Specialist for Revel. “It’s a customized, resident-driven approach that still allows for social and peer-to-peer engagement and a continued sense of purpose.”

Owens shares the story of one resident who’s passionate about meditation, and Revel has supported him in pursuing new certifications. But it doesn’t stop there: he also teaches classes to other residents, supporting their own opportunities for individual growth and well-being.

“Everything we do is resident driven. Revel encourages people to claim responsibility and contribute to their community,” Owens says. “It’s not just about filling a calendar with activities; it’s about empowering our residents to be part of the bigger picture.”

Be proactive, not reactive.

Owens is the author of Be Your Own Hero: Senior Living Decisions Simplified, a book that addresses common misconceptions related to senior living and encourages readers to make proactive life choices instead of reactive decisions.

“Many people think aging in place is the goal — that as long as we’re living in our home we’re independent. The reality is that if your current home doesn’t support your needs, it can actually cause you to become more dependent on others. At Revel we provide the resources and environment to support people’s ability to age well and successfully, while maintaining their independence.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic Owens knows more seniors are deferring the move to retirement communities, but she says isolation at home can be more detrimental to your overall well-being and can play a significant role in cognitive and physical decline. Owens encourages people to take the time to educate themselves on different communities to learn about the safety measures they have in place.

Revel follows state protocols and CDC guidelines to keep residents safe, while still supporting the four pillars of wellness: physical, social, intellectual and spiritual.

“It’s about finding that balance between staying safe and healthy, while still living our best possible lives,” she says. “It’s important to ask the right questions. All communities provide similar amenities, but it’s important to research how they provide those services, as well as the flexibility and quality. Do they allow for independence of choice and personal preferences? Most communities provide meals, for example, but it might be a set mealtime with only two choices and assigned seating. At Revel Issaquah, we have multiple restaurants and every meal is made-to-order, just for you. By taking time to research options and ask the right questions, you can find a community that aligns with your personal preferences, wants and needs, that encourages and supports you to continue to thrive.”

Revel has communities across the Western United States. Its newest community, Revel Issaquah, is now leasing at 2450 Newport Way NW. The best way to explore life at Revel is to experience it for yourself! Schedule a tour by calling 425-800-8157 or email info@revelissaquah.com.

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