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Choosing the right 55+ neighborhood for your loved one

A 55+ community is a great alternative where your retiring loved ones can spend their golden years in comfort. Many senior living communities offer a variety of amenities. It’s even safe to assume that no two 55+ communities are alike. Here are five considerations to bear in mind.

  1. What are the care services available in the community?

    Retirement communities often over a variety of care services. Inquiring about a 55+ community’s care amenities will give you some peace of mind should an emergency happen. If your loved one has existing health problems or medical conditions, a neighborhood’s care services will effectively narrow down your search. You’ll want to pick a retirement community that meets your loved one’s health and care needs.

  2. What amenities are available?

    Senior living communities can cater to different needs and lifestyles. Before you commit to one and invest in a home, make sure to take a look at the 55+ neighborhood’s list of amenities and services as well.

    Does the community have its own clubhouse? Do they provide regular housekeeping and maintenance services? Are pets allowed in the neighborhood? Are there fitness facilities in the area? Are there dining options located nearby, and better, are there restaurants located inside the community?

    It also pays to look at what you can find outside the neighborhood. Consider the location of the community. Is it accessible? What are the nearest hospitals and medical facilities? Are there recreational pursuits located nearby?

  3. Will the experience be enriching and fulfilling?

    Since your loved one will be spending the rest of his or her years in the retirement community, consider if there are enough recreation to make life in the neighborhood fulfilling and fun. A lot of senior living communities offer regular classes, workshops, trainings, as well as mixers and parties. Other 55+ neighborhoods also have a number of clubs and special interest groups.

    Consider your loved one’s hobbies and interests, or better yet, check with him or her if they like any 55+ community in particular. Remember– this move is for them, so it makes sense to take into account what they want in a retirement community as well.

  4. How much does it cost?

    Whether you’re helping a loved one or you’re doing it for yourself, consider the expenses associated with living in the community. The costs don’t stop at buying or renting a home in the neighborhood. There will always be additional fees, such as for the HOA, for the care services, and more. Some communities offer a one-time fee, which could be a draw for you and your loved one.

    Before you commit, request a quote to get an idea of how much it will cost to live in the senior living communities where you’ve looked. Ask for a printed copy– this will be handy when it’s time to compare and choose.

  5. What does your loved one want?

    Location, expenses, care services, and amenities aside, the most important consideration to remember is your loved one’s wants and needs. Your loved one won’t appreciate it if you’ve chosen a 55+ community he or she doesn’t like. If you’re able, take your loved one with you as you look at senior living communities and regularly ask for his or her opinion.

Are you looking for a 55+ community in and around Granbury? We can help you with that. For more information about retirement communities in the area, Call Coleman Real Estate LLC at 817-579-9300 or email info(at)lakegranburyproperties(dotted)com.

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