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Published on: 16 Nov 2016 by livingjoy
Many seniors have begun moving into retirement communities in order to get out of the burdens associated with owning their own home and provide them with the opportunity to focus on what they enjoy doing and their health. These communities are typically aimed at ensuring that seniors are provided with numerous social opportunities and activities. However, there is a large variety of available opportunities. Each community comes with a wide range of different services, and trying to find a local retirement community can be challenging. Here are some things that you should think about as you conduct your search.
First of all, you need to remember that these communities tend to be rather expensive. Many have very expensive fees associated with them. However, the fees normally include the rent, any needed medical care, and food. There is typically a financial test conducted in order to determine whether or not you care to go to be able to afford to live in the community. You need to realize that these communities are not cheap and budget in order to determine what price range you think you will be able to afford.
You should also apply while you are healthy. This is because of the fact that numerous retirement communities require their residents are healthy when they first move in. Facilities that do accept individuals who aren’t healthy do so based on the amount of space that is available. Waiting until after you have had your first major health crisis can seriously limit your possibilities, if not eliminate them. Typically, the earlier an applicant applies for these communities, the more choices they are afforded.
You need to think about what you need from the community. Make a list of the types of services you need. This could be assistance with you ADLs or help around the house and in the yard. As you list your needs, you should choose a community that provides amenities aimed at addressing these needs. You also want to make sure that your interests are reflected in the available activities. Think about where your health will be ten to twenty years from now. Do they have services available to assist you with this as well?
Take the location of the facility into consideration. Where do you want to spend your retirement years? DO you want to be close to the hometown that you grew up in? Do you want to be close to your friends or your grandkids? Do you want to be somewhere warm? Think about where you want to be and find a community that reflects the type of location you wish to live out your life in.
You also want to find someone to help advocate for you. This can be a family member or a close friend. Anyone willing to help you research and advocate on your behalf is a good candidate. It is also helpful to have a second point of view when trying to make this type of decision.