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Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Choosing the right independent living community: 5 ways to make sure you do

If retirement life has you considering a move for yourself or a loved one, you may be wondering how to choose the right senior living community. You’ll be happy to discover all of the possibilities and benefits that are available.

But not all communities are the same, so you’ll want to carefully research the opportunities available in your area.  Here are 5 elements to look for when choosing a retirement community that could be the perfect fit for your family.

The search for senior living can initially seem overwhelming but when you’re armed with information and know what to look for, it’s much easier. These recommendations can be a big help but also ask your doctor, family members, friends or others for any referrals.

5 suggestions to help you find the best independent living community

1. Match your lifestyle to the retirement community

Research the benefits of senior living and take time to define the type of retirement life you’re looking for. Once you’ve made your list, begin researching communities.

If you are an active adult, look for places that would fit your interests. If it’s freedom that you want, you’ll definitely love the no-maintenance life. If traveling is at the top of your list, check into the options of the lock-and-leave lifestyle, so you’ll have no worries while you’re gone.

If you’re determined to get into better shape or maintain your good efforts, search out communities that provide great amenities such as a fitness center, swimming pool, structured exercise routines, or meditation and yoga classes. Tired of cooking but still want to eat healthy? Ask about their dining programs and review a menu.  

2. Does it feel like home?

Determine if the choices and options offered will make you happy to call the community home. Is this the location where you want to live? Is it close to family? Does the neighborhood appear friendly and comfortable? Will you feel safe and proud to have your friends visit? Is there easy access to a town or neighboring city for the times you’re ready for a change of scenery?

Ask if there are options to personalize your home. Do you have a choice of size and floorplan? Will your home include a patio or balcony so you can enjoy the fresh air, sit outdoors or have the chance to container garden? Does your home have plenty of natural light and a view?

3. Will you be able to stay emotionally healthy?

No matter where you live, you’ll want to focus on keeping your brain as healthy as your body. Inquire about opportunities available to exercise your mind, either through games, art classes, learning another language or attending thought provoking lectures. Any chances to learn a new skill, reconsider an old idea or demonstrate your knowledge in the game of Bridge is a possibility of keeping your mind sharp and fit.  

Your emotional wellbeing greatly benefits from meeting new people and making friends. You need relationships and senior living has never made that easier than it is now. Communities that offer planned events, entertainment, and on-site opportunities to join in as a group create a natural and comfortable way to meet new people. Sharing your life with those you have so much in common with can be such a meaningful experience.

4. Ask about the services the community offers

There can be a great deal of difference when it comes to the benefits of senior living and the services offered. If you can’t wait to let someone else plan, shop, cook and clean up after the meals, you’ll want to make sure the community provides nutritious as well as delicious food. Ask about chef-prepared offerings, cooking for special dietary needs or if you could host a family gathering and have the food catered.

Make sure to understand what’s included in maintenance-free living. Does the community provide housekeeping, laundry or linen services? Is there a wellness program and what might that involve? Is there healthcare on site? If you’re still driving, you’ll want to ask about parking and whether there’s a fee. If you no longer drive, inquire about scheduled transportation to appointments, entertainment or shopping.

5. Pay attention to the impression the community makes

Make a note of what your first impression was of the community. Driving up to the building, did you see a nicely designed structure that was well-kept? Is there professionally maintained landscaping? Are there gazebos, garden areas or walking paths that will invite you to spend time outside? Does it feel welcoming to residents and guests?

Does the lobby convey a sense of hospitality? Are the furnishings, accessories, textures and colors what you would find in your home or does it have the feel of a facility? Are the common areas warm and inviting? Are there places where you could sit and chat with friends or share a glass of wine and conversation?

How about the staff? Are they friendly and professional? Do they seem to know the residents by name, as well as their interests? Do you get the impression that they enjoy their work and are happy to be there?

Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge Independent Living community

When you’re ready to choose the right independent living community, you may be unsure of what to look for or what questions to ask. Reviewing these 5 tips can help get you headed in the right direction.

Senior living options can all be different so you’ll want to pay close attention to the type of retirement life you’ve imagined and match it with the community that exceeds your expectations.

If you’re considering moving to an independent living community, we think you’ll find what you need to live a positive and uplifting life at Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge. All the elements required for a fulfilling retirement can be found right outside of your front door.

At Westminster at Lake Ridge Independent Living, you’ll have the choice of an apartment or cottage home that can be personalized to make it truly your own. You’ll also have access to our fitness center, first-class amenities and activities. Along with our chef-prepared meals and social events to meet and make new friends, we believe you’ll soon realize you found the right community to support your engaged and meaningful life.

Please visit our website for more information or call (703) 420-7105 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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