Choosing the Right 55+ Community
Finding a suitable community for your older loved ones will give them the best opportunities to lead fulfilling lives in their golden years. Here are essential considerations that can help you choose the right one for them:
- Location, location, location
This famous real estate adage applies all the way to one’s senior years. Older homeowners may want to move to a community that is relatively close to their old neighborhood so they can still stay in touch with family and friends. You can also look into matters like the local climate, type of natural surroundings, and recreational opportunities that make living conditions comfortable and pleasant.
- Types of housing units
While a single-family home may offer plenty of privacy and space, it may suggest loneliness and isolation in an empty-nester. Consider a more “connected” neighborhood like a townhouse complex. Take a close look at the structural quality of the homes, too. Constant upkeep and repairs are the last thing on any retiree’s mind.
- Community amenities, services, and programs
Determine the needs, preferences, and capabilities of an older occupant. For example, can they still prepare their own meals, or are regular food deliveries necessary? Some retirement communities offer services like meal plans and transportation, as well as regular programs designed for social and physical engagement. Find one that offers the best value for money. After all, a senior’s financial stability is especially crucial at this stage in their life.
- Security and emergency measures
Older adults living independently need deliberate measures to ensure their safety and security. Check that security personnel and infrastructure are in place to provide ample protection and monitoring around the community.
You should also make sure that there are ambulances, clinics, fire stations, police outposts, and other emergency measures nearby.
Find an excellent retirement community in Cary, Apex, Raleigh, and more Research Triangle communities by working with me, Matt Peedin. Browse the website for housing options. For inquiries, call me at 919-210-8388 or send me an email at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.