Not all retirement communities are created equal, and they can vary significantly, from the level of care provided, to the social activities. Before signing on the dotted line, take note of four factors to consider when choosing a retirement community.
Understand the Level of Care
First, it’s important to know the level of care the facility provides. Many offer independent living options, which is ideal for residents who can live on their own but would prefer more conveniences and a close-knit community. Others provide assisted living options that include personal care and help with performing day-to-day functions.
Calculate the Cost
Next, calculate the cost of the option you’re considering, and make sure it truly works within your budget. Average monthly fees for retirement communities range from $2,500 to over $5,000 per month, depending on the location and the level of care. If healthcare is a substantial concern for you, make sure you factor in that cost.
Assess the Amenities
Most retirement communities offer a range of amenities to make your stay more fun. You’ll want to know whether meals are included, if the facility offers a full social calendar, and whether the staff members organize regular outings. If you have an exercise routine, you might want to target facilities that have a fitness center, pool, or even access to a golf course.
Get to Know the Neighbors
Whether you want to be part of a large social circle or just want to live near your closest friends, the social aspects of retirement communities are some of the biggest perks. Try visiting any community you’re considering to assess how social the residents are and if you’ll fit in.
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