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So Many Reasons to Retire in Greensboro, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 18, 2017

Spring Arbor, Greensboro, NCBack in 1895, the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, a comfortable climate and low land prices inspired the Vanderbilts to buy up 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness and build the Biltmore House, the largest estate in the U.S. The same factors that attracted this wealthy family continue to make North Carolina popular among retirees and second-home buyers today.

But the Tar Heel State offers a little bit of everything, geographically and culturally. Retirees who prefer to live by the sea can find 300 miles of barrier island beaches, two national seashores and idyllic villages in the state’s eastern region.

North Carolina also has some great college towns, including Chapel Hill, Davidson, and Durham. And dynamic city living can be found in fast-growing Charlotte, which has been undergoing a restaurant renaissance, and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill-Cary vicinity, dubbed the “Research Triangle” due to its high density of high tech companies.

For anyone on a fixed budget, living costs in North Carolina can be fairly friendly. Overall, the state is 3.7% cheaper than the national average. State income taxes are also to 5.8% flat tax.

For more information on senior living in Greensboro, NC with levels of care, contact Spring Arbor.


Richmond, VA is a Great Area for Retirement

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 14, 2017

Spring Arbor, Richmond, VAWhen the time comes to pick a place to retire, you want to make it a good one. After all, retirement is the prize at the end of a lot of long years of hard work. So what are the factors that go into picking that magical place?

The perfect place will be a little different for everyone depending on finances, family and, of course, preferences. But for the most common factors – cost of living, safety, healthcare, activities and climate – Virginia comes out on top time and again., a financial analysis website, recently published their list of the 10 Best States for Retire, ranking Virginia as #5 in the nation. We did a little more digging to find out what particular cities and towns have been recognized as top spots…and here’s what we found. Keep in mind, these aren’t in any particular order as they have all been recognized by various organizations and publications, but not analyzed side-by-side.


Bloomberg Business ranked Richmond as one of the most affordable cities in which to retire. With beautiful neighborhoods and an abundance of cultural attractions like art museums, opera, theater and ballet, Richmond has no shortage of activities, Add to that a rich history, beautiful parks and good healthcare, and Richmond is a prime place to spend your golden years.

Whether you’re looking to be closer to the grandkids or just want a certain lifestyle, Virginia has more than enough options. If you’re retired, or thinking about retiring soon, and would like more information on senior living with levels of care, contact Spring Arbor.


The Upshot to Downsizing

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Spring Arbor, Greensboro, NCIf you're an empty nester who's getting older, you may like the idea of downsizing. But if you don’t fancy moving into the sub-400-square-foot residences espoused by the tiny house movement, fear not; there are other options, including senior living communities with levels of care.

These retirement enclaves are for folks in and approaching their sunset years who might be looking for some supportive services such as meals, transportation, and housekeeping, but who don’t need the level of care associated with assisted living facilities or nursing homes.

If this sounds like your ticket to enjoying the good life in retirement, there can be a lot to think about when it comes to choosing a community.

It can be overwhelming. 

More Friends, Less Housework

The main drivers for those considering retirement communities are socialization and simplifying their lifestyle.

Even if their house is paid off, people often want to downsize from a traditional home with more bedrooms and bathrooms than they need. And they don’t want to have to deal with all the maintenance those dwellings often entail, not to mention going up and down stairs.

But it’s important not to make decisions about such major life changes too quickly.

Conversation Starter?

The retirement housing conversation can be a good time to start considering options for later when retirees aren’t as mobile and may need additional care. In the case of a surviving spouse, take three to six months to let your emotions settle and figure out what you want to prioritize for the rest of your life. Really identify what those key priorities are.

Some communities are organized around specific interests such as golf or art, or they may cater to a specific ethnic group. Some retirees have children in multiple cities, so deciding on location is also an important factor.

Location and Lifestyle

With all the services senior living communities can offer, some can get pricey. However, some may offer surprisingly good value and might actually be better economic alternatives when compared to regular apartments in certain high-rent markets in major metropolitan areas. That’s a good thing, as these are mostly private pay facilities.

Take a Test Drive

In addition to touring lots of communities, visit during mealtimes to not only sample the food, but also see the population together and explore whether the vibe feels right.

And for those who have found their social circle shrinking as they age, retirement communities can make it easier to start making friends again.

Senior living brings people back together. It really does foster those relationships.

For more information on senior living, contact Spring Arbor.


Assisted Living Costs

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 04, 2017

Spring Arbor, Richmond, VARumor has it that assisted living communities are not affordable. Read on, and you may be surprised.

When people begin looking into assisted living options, they assume that they won't be able to afford a quality assisted living community. However, after researching and learning about the costs, they learn that assisted living can be affordable. If you are reading this article, you may be considering an assisted living facility for yourself or for your loved one. Here are some areas to consider as you research your options.

Working with Marketing, Sales Directors

First, schedule an in-person meeting with the director of marketing/sales. Websites are sometimes limited and may not paint a clear picture of actual costs. Many assisted living communities are managed by a company that oversees other communities across the United States. Ask which amenities and services are offered at the location you are considering. A good marketing director will take the time to help you analyze your current spending and financial situation, and how it compares to their community. You might be surprised what you really spend when living on your own. Don’t be afraid to be upfront about properties you owned, savings and any insurances policies that may help meet your care needs. The marketing director wants you to be successful, as their goal is for your loved one to live in the community long-term. If you can’t afford it, a good marketing director will be upfront and honest with you.

What to Consider?

Many assisted living communities will present you with a base rate, comprised of different care levels. Watch for à la carte fees, as these could increase the cost. Clarify what the base rate really means and ask the facility what would cause an increase in your rent. Some facilities have a mandatory rate increase every year. Make sure you understand what this entails. Base rates typically do not cover additional care needs, such as medication management or bathing. Make sure you ask about their process in identifying when you or your loved one may need to advance to the next care level. Ask that they put everything in writing so you can go home and discuss what you learned with your family. In addition, be sure to inquire about any discounts that may apply. Many assisted living communities have move in specials or are aware of outside discounts, like for veterans.

One of the most essential questions to ask, as well as one of the most difficult, is what happens when your loved one runs out of private pay funds. If your loved one can only afford assisted living for a year or two, be transparent with the facility.

Moving into an assisted living facility can be feel overwhelming at first. While you are considering your options, ask if you can participate in their activities or enjoy a meal in their dining room. The quality and level of care should be the number one priority during your search. At the same time, you want to make sure the community feels like home, so you feel welcome to take advantage of all assisted living has to offer!

For more information, contact Spring Arbor.