When you start feeling like the house, the yard, cooking, laundry, and grocery shopping are all getting to be too much, you might be ready for something in housing that serves you better! You know you’re not ready for the classic “old folks’ home.” But you are ready to take life a little easier and start a new chapter. So, where do you start?
There are many living options out there. If you are thinking of a Retirement Home—but something a little different— Community Living is another viable, and very popular, option in today’s market. Start by taking stock of exactly what you’re looking for. Of course, price and size are always a consideration. Be sure that you know what each place includes in their rental fee; things like: utilities, meals, activities, bus tours, emergency pendants, parking, and optional charges.
Other factors to consider include:
- Location – Do you want to be near family and walking distance to shopping, medical services, and recreational pursuits or is something else important to you?
- On-site amenities – What amenities are included at the places you’re looking at? What are your priorities: exercise, a workshop, a craft room, social activities, entertainment, a hairdresser, transportation services, or other needs?
- Available services – Are there medical, dental, or support services on call?
- Meals – How many meals are included? How are they prepared? Do they actually cook meals or just re-heat frozen or processed foods? What food choices do you have? Can you invite family and friends to join you? How much does that cost?
- Commitment – Are you interested in a life lease, an annual contract or a month-to-month agreement?
Above all, go and tour each place you find interesting. Ask questions about the things you’re most concerned about. If they offer a meal with the tour, take that opportunity to sample the food and the atmosphere. Shortlist your favorites. Book a second tour, so you’re sure you’re making the right decision. You’ll know what “feels right” when you find it.