Retirement community homes are an excellent choice for seniors over 55. A retirement community home is much like an apartment or condo. They come in a variety of floor plans, so whether seniors are looking for a studio, one bedroom or even two bedroom or larger arrangement, there is usually a layout that fits their needs. Some retirement communities even offer small cottages for a more house-like feel.
Typical retirement community homes come with a refrigerator, range and garbage disposal. Small appliances like microwaves and toasters are usually the responsibility of the resident. The bathrooms generally include safety features such as safety grab bars and emergency call systems, which are very important as one advances in age. One of the advantages of a retirement community home is the ease at which one can get help when needed in an emergency.
House cleaning, such as vacuuming, dusting and general tidying up, and residence upkeep are usually included in the cost of the monthly rent. This frees up precious time for the retiree to pursue their other interests and activities. Also, no more worrying about plumbing problems or fixing the furnace; all maintenance is taken care of by the retirement community.
Utilities are often included in the price; however, there may be additional fees for extra utilities like phone, cable television or Internet access. With the popularity of WiFi access, many communities are beginning to include internet access in their pricing.
Offerings at Retirement Community Homes
Different retirement communities offer different levels of services. In selecting a home in a retirement community, it is important to identify which elements you would like provided for you so that you can maintain or create the lifestyle that you want. Here are some important elements to consider.
Meals – Some communities offer three meals a day for residents, while some offer at least dinner service with options to purchase more meals if needed. As most apartments have a range/oven, residents have the freedom to cook whenever they choose.
Laundry service – While frequently included in many retirement communities, some charge additional fees for this service while some do not offer this type of service. In locations that do not offer laundry services, there are usually publicly accessible washer and dryers within the community.
Other offerings – Popular offering at retirement communities include free transportation in the local area, exercise classes, group outings and even live entertainment right at the community.
Most retirement community homes do not come furnished, so seniors can bring along their favorite furnishings to set up their home. This is also a chance for seniors moving a great distance to a retirement community to get a fresh start and decorate with local styles. There are often a few homes within a retirement community that do offer fully furnished housing.
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Written by senior housing staff writer