Choosing the right independent living community requires more than just finding an option close to your existing home. When it comes to finding the right place to call home during your retirement years, you need to find the right fit.
Independent living communities are designed to allow you to continue thriving in your retirement years and receive some support and care as your needs change over time. Older adults often choose a retirement community to help avoid isolation and keep them active.
So how do you go about beginning your search? Choosing the right independent living community comes down to doing your research, getting informed, and determining your priorities. Once you’ve done your due diligence, you can feel confident you’re making the right decision for now and well into the future.
5 Steps to Choosing the Right Independent Living Community
We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 considerations you need to make when exploring your options.
1. Learn About Community Types
When it comes to senior care, older adults can choose from many options. While you can find stand-alone independent living communities, you can also explore other options that could be a good fit for your needs now and well into the future, including:
- Continuing care retirement communities — This type of senior living offers a continuum of care options all on one campus. From independent living to rehabilitative care, you’ll have the support you need now and well into the future.
- Assisted living communities — Unlike independent living, assisted living communities offer support with daily living, medication management and meals.
- Active adult communities — These communities offer condos, townhomes or apartments geared specifically for individuals ages 55+.
2. Location, Location, Location
Do you want to stay in the geographic area you currently live in, or do you want to move closer to family and friends? Finding the location to start your search is vital. There are many great options around the country, so decide where you’d most like to spend your retirement years and narrow your search from there.
3. Consider Your Lifestyle
Pretty much all independent living communities are unique. It’s often been said, “When you’ve seen one independent living community, you’ve seen one independent living community.” When choosing an independent living community, you need to find one that best suits your personality. Look for a community that allows you to live as you choose. If you have a pet, make sure the community is pet-friendly. If you love to cook, make sure the apartments have full kitchens. If you love to garden, make sure there are shared green spaces where you can pursue your hobby. Consider what’s important to you now and what you might have an interest in exploring in the future.
4. Plan Your Visits
Once you’ve narrowed down your options online based on amenities, apartments, price, and activities, you will want to schedule a personal appointment, either virtually or in person. Beyond getting acquainted with the community, if it really intrigues you, you might decide to meet with staff members, eat a meal, ask further questions, and speak with some current residents. Employ all your senses to get an authentic feel for day-to-day life at the independent living community.
5. Review the Fine Print
You need to assess your current financial situation and discuss the costs of any independent living community you’re considering. Read agreements carefully and look for things like staff-to-resident ratio, what amenities and services are included, and how care will be considered if your needs should change in the future. Find out when rate increases occur, and make sure you understand all costs you’ll be responsible for on a monthly basis.
Enjoy Life Your Way at Sedgebrook
Sedgebrook’s independent living provides endless opportunities to enjoy an active and maintenance-free lifestyle while offering higher levels of care all on one campus. Our dynamic programming, services, and amenities will help you live your retirement years in a way that makes you feel happy, fulfilled, and ready for whatever the future holds. Contact us today to learn more.