If 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.
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.