Many of us want to stay in our own homes when we get older – but sometimes that simply isn’t feasible. If the kids have moved away, and the house has become too big just for you, or it’s getting harder to navigate the stairs, then we may need to start looking at alternatives, like a senior living community.

The modern retirement communities are nothing like the ones of the past. Instead, they’re more like “country clubs” – with prepared meals, activities and luxurious setups. Still, finding the right one takes more than simply doing a search and picking the first one that pops up. You need to choose the right retirement community for your unique personality and lifestyle.

How to Choose a Senior Living Community

Before you start your search, look at your lifestyle. What do you like doing the most? Is it hiking in the woods? Taking a stroll to the nearest shopping district? Or is it simply sitting on the porch enjoying the morning sunshine while reading a book? Whatever makes you happy, make a list. This will be your list of “must haves”.

Next, determine what would be “nice to have”. For example, having gourmet meals prepared for you or riding in style (limousine, please!) to your favorite destinations.

Now, you have a list that you can use to compare your selections to the available options.

Something to remember: while you will definitely make new friends in your new home, you probably still want to be near family and your current friends. Don’t pick one too far away if possible. That way, you can still connect with your loved ones.

Determine Your Budget

While high-end communities may sound like everything you want, if you’re on a fixed budget, they might be outside your means. Always determine what you can afford before doing your research. While it’s important to get the best option for your lifestyle, it’s also important to always ensure that you can afford it.

Independent Living Versus Assisted Living

While independent living senior communities might look similar to assisted living options, the levels of care differ. Residents in assisted living communities may need assistance with everyday activities. Medical needs are often taken care of, and there’s usually a staff member available to these clients.

Independent seniors, on the other hand, don’t want to pay more for care they probably won’t need. So, while the amenities and communities may look similar, you need to understand the difference and choose the right one for your needs.

Looking at Reviews

Just like you look at reviews when selecting clothing, hotels, food, and more, you need to look at reviews for your potential retirement homes. This will give you an idea of the experience of people who have lived in the community.

There will always be negative reviews, but look at how the company responded. If they’ve taken steps to correct the issues, then this is a sign that the company is proactive in how they deal with their clients.

Recreational Options

Everyone wants to stay healthy. And that becomes doubly important as you age. Recreational opportunities not only keep you active; they also provide you with an opportunity to meet other seniors with similar interests. Recreational options should be available for any interest as well as any mobility.

Outings with transportation should also be available – including to shopping, entertainment, and even restaurants.

Social Opportunities

Friends are a key part of a healthy lifestyle. And moving to a new community can make it difficult to meet new people. This is why your senior living community should provide chances to connect with others via ongoing social activities. These can include learning a new skill like technology classes, bible studies, games, arts and crafts, and more.

Doing activities also helps keep your mind sharp as you age – and who doesn’t like learning a new skill.

Quality Services

Moving into a retirement community should make your life easier, not harder. There should be many services included. Most will offer prepared meals, transportation, and housekeeping. But the right one will go above and beyond. Look for amenities like the following:

Why Mansions Should Be Your First Choice

At Mansions Independent Senior Living, we have redefined retirement living. Our active, socially engaging communities – two in Oklahoma and two in the Atlanta area – ensure that you keep your independence and the comfort you’re accustomed to throughout your retirement years. We offer luxury living at affordable pricing. Our communities allow you to take advantage of many different activities and fitness options without the chores. We also offer chef-prepared heart healthy and delicious meals.

Contact us today to learn more about the community nearest you. Or call us today to schedule a tour.

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