Retirement communities can be exciting, fun places to start the next stage of your life. But searching for the perfect one for you can be daunting. Luckily, there are a few things you should know to look for when you’re making this important choice.
Here are 7 things to look for in a great retirement community:
1. Multiple dining options
The quality of your food is an essential thing to look for in a retirement community. Above all, look for variety. It may be difficult (or tiresome) to cook every meal, so having great dining options is a big plus.
By looking for a retirement community with exciting and delicious dining options, you will save yourself from being stuck in a bland food desert.
2. Continuum of care
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) are a combination of residential and care options designed to provide a “continuum of care” for residents. This option is particularly useful if you would like to get individualized care by specifying exactly what supportive services, nursing, rehabilitation or other healthcare and housing you need.
One of the largest benefits for choosing a CCRC is that it provides residents the ability to receive services right within their community as their care needs increase. Make sure, however, that there is no large up-front buy in, or you may end up spending much more money than necessary for the same amount of care.
3. Month-to-month rental
This is important to look for, because life can be unpredictable. If you determine that a retirement community isn’t right for you, or your financial situation changes, you should afford yourself the flexibility to change your mind.
Finding a retirement community where no buy-in is required is a must to avoid being caught in a stressful situation further down the road. Month-to-month rentals give you the option to change your mind, or go with the flow as life demands it.
4. Exceptional life experiences
Does the retirement community look like a luxury resort, but live like a home? Are the amenities interesting and unique? Ask yourself whether you can see yourself waking up and wanting to try a new amenity being offered, or if they aren’t as great as they seem. Do you see the residents using these amenities a lot?
Be sure to look for a retirement community that offers both the flashy, exciting amenities, but also high-quality simple ones that allow you to get drinks with friends or simply sit and chat in a pleasant space. The big things matter, but don’t forget that the little things do, too.
5. Maintenance-free living
The last thing you want to do when you retire is fix broken appliances, mow the lawn every Tuesday, or clean your space a hundred times a week. Remember, living in a retirement community should feel stress and hassle-free. Why shouldn’t it be maintenance-free as well?
Look for retirement communities that have 24/7 maintenance repair available, and other features like garden maintenance or cleaning services. While all these issues may seem like something easy to handle now, thinking in the long term can save you the hassle of having to do these menial tasks later. After all, retirement should be fun and relaxing, but still feel like home!
6. An up-to-date wellness center
Make sure that the wellness center includes a wide variety of fitness and wellness programs for both beginner and advanced fitness. It is essential that your retirement community can accommodate every level of activity that you are comfortable with and meet your individual needs, whether it’s yoga or intense training sessions.
Make sure to choose a retirement community that has both an up-to-date fitness center and a wide variety of activities within it. After all, being active is a huge part of the retiree lifestyle. With more free time on your hands, it could be nice to learn new fitness skills!
7. Do you feel welcome there?
Perhaps the biggest part of moving anywhere is knowing what the community and your neighbors are like. Get a feel for the place. Do the residents seem ticked off, bored, or cranky? Are there many rules and regulations that would rub you or your guests the wrong way? Do you see some aspects of the community as exciting, or do they grate on your nerves?
It is important that you see your new retirement community as a place where you (and your family, including kids and grandkids) feel welcome. If the place seems stuffy or unwelcoming, maybe it’s best to look elsewhere.
If you’re looking for a great place to retire in the Lowcountry, South Bay at Mount Pleasant is a luxury continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that offers residents stunning surroundings, a beautiful, maintenance-free apartment home, an exceptionally fulfilling lifestyle. This remarkable new community is opening fall 2018. To find out more, visit their website at SouthBayAtMountPleasant.com or call (843) 352-4986.