Now that you have decided to live in a retirement community. How do you choose the right community for you? With hundreds of options to choose from the choice can be overwhelming. Here are some things to consider when deciding where this next stage of life will take you.
What are my retirement home needs?
Are you a single individual needing just a one-room home or do you need a multi-room home for more space when family and friends come to visit? It is best to look at the individual housing plans each community offers. Most communities have detailed websites to browse through, and some even contain detailed layouts you can look at the right online. From one to three-bedroom homes, to homes with added kitchen space and extra dens, there are a lot of options to choose from. Different communities, such as Pebblecreek located in Phoenix, offer various home styles. If you envision yourself in a beautiful Tucson villa, or even more traditional craftsmen, they have that options for you. And if the process of choosing a layout and home style is too hard online, call or come in-person to a community. They will gladly walk you through their homes and sit down with you to choose the right option for your needs.
What are my hobbies and interests?
Take a look at what you love to do. Many communities have their own private golf course and pool. If being outdoors invigorates you there are beautiful facility grounds to walk around and explore. Want to build a community of friends and social engagements? Clubhouse activities such as traditional bingo, games, guest speakers, art classes, and several interest clubs are available. Fitness, activity, and a sense of community are highlighted at most communities like Palmgardens.
Will they be there for me as I get older?
While retirement is no longer seen as just a place to get the care you will need as you get older, the fact of life is that unforeseen things happen as we age. What happens when you no longer like to drive? Is there emergency care available? Make sure the communities you are looking at have plans for the later years of life. Look for amenities such as car services, medical care on staff, and access to specialized nursing care. While living an active social life, you also want to make sure your everyday needs are met, especially as you get older.