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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019

Choosing the Right Retirement Living Community

Do you live alone and find yourself missing the companionship of others? Are you tired of shoveling snow or the never-ending responsibility of home maintenance? Could you use some help with shopping or cooking? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a retirement living community may be just what you’re looking for!

Where you live can make a big difference in how you live. And while there are those who prefer to stay in their home as long as possible, there are many who would like to find a more central place to meet new friends, take part in activities and receive a little help if needed.

Here is a brief overview of the type of communities and what to look for when choosing the right one for yourself.

Independent Living

This is a perfect match for those who have no care needs but are ready for a no or low-maintenance way of life. It’s also a great fit for those looking for easy access to social events, amenities, dining choices or transportation options.

Assisted Living

These communities are well suited for those who still live a mostly independent life but are in need of a little support. Common areas of assistance include help with bathing, getting dressed or managing medications, among others.

Skilled Nursing Care

As we get older, the situation may arise where we need more intensive care and support than assisted living can provide. Skilled nursing care can be the answer. Round-the-clock assistance is available for long term chronic conditions and short term recovery from an illness or injury.

Memory Care

Regardless of age, those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia will eventually need supervised care, often beyond what can be offered at home. Living in a memory care community provides access to staff specially trained in cognitive illnesses.

One Neighborhood With All the Options

If you’d like to move to a new community only once but still know you have a plan in place if your health needs change in the future, you should explore the opportunities offered at a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Also known as a Life Plan Community, it offers the best of both worlds. You can move into an Independent Living apartment today but know that Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Care are also available if ever needed. Some CCRCs offer Memory Care as part of their services as well.

What to Look For in Retirement Living

Retirement living communities can all be a little different so you’ll want to search for those that offer the services or amenities most important to you. It can be helpful to create a list of preferences to take with you and you’ll want to visit more than one so you can compare what works best for your personal situation.

Here are a few suggestions you may want to consider while you’re shopping:

One of the biggest advantages of moving into a community is that it provides a guaranteed opportunity to meet new friends. In common areas or taking part in activities, it’s easy to meet new people naturally. And you’ll find many who share your similar circumstances and life situations. During your visits, ask about the social opportunities provided in the community.

Another advantage of a retirement community is that you won’t have to go far to find an activity that appeals to you. Whether it’s the chance to be artistic, learn about a subject at a lecture or take part in a yoga class, you’ll likely find several options that pique your interests. Make sure to ask what a particular community offers and take a tour of the areas that interest you.

When checking on a community’s amenities, verify they have those you want as part of your new retirement lifestyle. Is there a golf course nearby? Do they have a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, tennis or pickleball courts? Are the dining choices what you prefer? One of the advantages of a community is the ease and accessibility of having everything in one place. But make sure they have what you like.

Although you may now be retired, you’re not retired from life. You’ll want to make sure the community you’re moving to has an interesting group of residents that complement your own interests. Ask if there’s a wellness program that matches your philosophy. And what opportunities are available for you to participate in that will help you to grow and continue to learn?

Take the time to gain a clear understanding of all the services included, such as the number of prepared meals, whether transportation can be scheduled for medical appointments and how often housekeeping services are offered.

Make sure you understand the community’s fee structure. And if needed, ask if they can point you toward any resources that may be available for financial assistance.

Westminster at Lake Ridge

We’re here to answer any questions you may have about retirement living and we welcome you to visit one of our Ingleside communities, Westminster at Lake Ridge, so you can see what your new life could look like firsthand.

If you want to learn more about the different levels of care and the peace of mind Ingleside’s Continuing Care Retirement Communities can bring, we’re happy to help. Please Call (703) 794-4631 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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