Retired life can be golden, especially in a residence that’s a perfect match for your lifestyle. When selecting a community it’s important to take many aspects into consideration. Choosing the right community can be difficult, and it starts with assessing personal needs. Here are four key components to help you choose a senior living community that fits your unique needs:
1. Location & Setup
Like any other real estate search, location is of highest priority. If your current locale is ideal, an accessible community in the same neighborhood or city may be best. Consider relocation if it’s better to be close to loved ones who don’t already live nearby or if you prefer or would benefit from a different climate.
After finding the right spot on the map, focus on a building type and how it fits your needs for healthy living today and in the future. If you have a physical disability, consider choosing a community without stairs, or with accommodations that meet your needs. If you like to walk your dog or tend garden, a ground level apartment may be best. If you’re looking for a seasonal location or a home base between travels, a condominium-style retirement community may be a better choice, as it can be locked and left without worry about maintenance or security.
2. Accommodations for Physical and Mental Impairments (If applicable)
It is particularly important for seniors moving into a retirement community to consider the availability of resources that can help them cope with the effects of aging, especially if he or she has been diagnosed with a mentally degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s. If a senior has Alzheimer’s or suffers frequent bouts of dementia, it is important to make sure that the community in which they will live can accommodate to their changing needs. Senior living communities such as Edgeworth Park at Newtown, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, feature entire neighborhoods dedicated to suiting the needs of residents facing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Edgeworth Park’s Heartfelt Connections Memory Program offers compassionate and holistic care to ensure that residents are consistently engaged, happy and enjoying the highest quality of life each and every day.
Consider physical accessibility, from step-in showers with grab bars to lower-height kitchen appliances and counters. Mind the width of doorways, halls, and bathrooms, where it may be necessary to fit a wheelchair or walk with the help of a personal aide in the future. Think about regular maintenance and how you or members of the staff will handle laundry, cleaning and cooking.
3. Activities & Entertainment
Maybe you like to golf, swim, garden, read books or build birdhouses. Make sure your favorite activity is available on site or nearby. If entertaining is important to you, consider a space with large living and dining rooms or a community with a shared clubhouse. For example, Edgeworth Park has restaurant-style dining areas, and features a beautiful park and fountain, perfect for enjoying a leisurely stroll on a sunny day.
This is the time to think about what you enjoy doing today, and plan for a healthy senior lifestyle ahead. The years to come will be so much easier and more fun in a community that’s right for you.
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Sources: aplaceformom.com and US News
US News: http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/12/12/how-to-choose-the-perfect-retirement-home-for-you