Is a community affordable or is it more affordable to stay at home?
Consider all the costs that come with the monthly maintenance and upkeep of a home including utilities, mortgage, and taxes. Add to that the cost of food, entertainment, and transportation. Now compare those costs with the monthly cost of a retirement community and you may be pleasantly surprised.
THE HIDDEN BENEFITS.
Safety and security are big reasons seniors and their children ultimately contemplate a move. But there are other side benefits that come from this change in lifestyle, as well. While it’s true that many people don’t like change, a move can sometimes bring a new lease on life. Many senior living residents now wish they would have moved in sooner.
TODAY’S CHOICES IN SENIOR LIVING.
Senior communities today are built to be attractive, accessible and designed with special facilities catering to the needs and wants of retirees.
The personalities of the people moving into this type of lifestyle option are also shaping the future of the senior housing industry. Gone are the traditional ways of looking at aging as a time when one slows down and disengages from life. Today, successful aging means maintaining an active lifestyle.
Senior housing operators want to give their prospective residents many of the things they had when they still lived at home. Their new senior living home becomes an extension of their previous home. They have an easier time adjusting and getting accustomed to things simply because not much has changed. The only difference is that now they are in an environment where things are done for them.
Think of what it would be like to live on a cruise ship or at a resort all year long and you have what residents at many senior communities are experiencing and enjoying.
BINGO IS NOT THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN.
Virtually every retirement community today has programs that offer a wide variety of activities and events all designed with a focus on seniors’ quality of life. Wellness is a major component of senior housing with daily exercise and physical activities, flexibility and weight-loss programs and workout routines based on individual abilities and needs. They offer computer centers with computer classes and memory skills programs. Events, entertainment, and programs offer opportunities for new interests. Spacious lounges become gathering spots for socializing and entertaining.
All of these state-of-the-art amenities, and more, will continue to be featured in innovative new combinations or packages as communities continue to meet living and social needs of the growing senior population.
VISIT. HAVE LUNCH. VISIT AGAIN.
Before choosing a senior retirement community, plan to visit at least once, although it is often helpful to visit several times. Seeing something on a second or even third visit can refresh your memory and help fill in any blanks.
Be prepared to take notes and ask questions … lots of questions. Allow time to thoroughly visit the community and get a guided tour by the staff. Through a question-and-answer period always consider the first impressions, experience levels of the staff and practices and procedures of the community. Somewhere while asking all these questions, you will find the right senior community for you or your loved ones.
We’re here to help you find the place that feels most like home.