When considering where to live during your retirement, the choices can be overwhelming. Begin by assessing your personal goals and desires. Consider location, renting vs. owning, social and recreational activities, transportation and possible medical needs.
Retirement homes are often a good choice and are generally multi-residence housing facilities intended for senior citizens.
What Retirement Homes Offer
Typically, each resident or couple has a private apartment or suite but retirement homes also often include a community dining room, gathering spaces, transportation, recreation both inside and outside of the building, and assistance with both daily living and possible medical needs. Payment may be on a rental basis or units may be purchased, similar to a condominium.
Retirement home locations are increasing, as are the amount of amenities they offer as more people see the advantages or making a move while they have many years to enjoy social and recreational activities. Retirement homes are attractive because they offer freedom from the responsibilities of home ownership as well as peace of mind for possible future medical needs.
Advantages of Living in a Retirement Home
The primary advantage of a retirement home is security. Knowing that you can continue to enjoy independent living in an attractive, safe environment offers peace of mind to many people.
Consider the following reasons when deciding whether a retirement home might be right for you:
- Freedom from home maintenance and repair becomes more attractive during senior years.
- Downsizing offers an opportunity to consider which possessions are really important to you, rather than leaving this task to adult children at a point when you may be unable to do so.
- Social connections are vital to personal well-being and become more so as seniors leave careers.
- Many homes specialize in restaurant-style catering. Plans can include one, two or three meals a day. Private apartments include kitchens or kitchenettes for those times you want to cook, entertain or just be alone.
- Recreational activities are often available. These include exercise programs, social gatherings and planned outings. Many retirement homes employ trained activity directors. Because seniors are learning the value of physical activity, these residences are offering pools, walking trails and well-equipped gyms.
- Mental stimulation is readily available. Informal game tables are commonplace and movie nights are fun attractions. Speakers, classes and seminars are scheduled in most buildings, as well as trips to those events.
- Transportation is often available for trips to the store and any medical needs.
- A variety of professional services, including housekeeping and laundry service, a beauty salon and visiting medical personnel are often available.
- Assisted living services for those who need help with activities of daily living, medical security or possible memory care needs are provided at some homes.
- The choice of privacy or social interaction most hours of the day in a setting of security is one of the overall benefits of living in a retirement home.
Many people entering their retirement years proclaim they “will never leave their homes” and for many, that will be the right decision. But at least considering the benefits of a retirement home should be a part of planning for a long and fulfilling retirement.
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Written by senior housing writer Marky Olson.