As you consider downsizing to make a retirement move, you have made a list of pros and cons for each type of housing level, from a smaller home to a townhome, condo, loft, or retirement community. You weigh each option carefully, walking back through each in terms of cost, amenities, ease of living, socialization, nutrition, and lifestyle opportunities, qualifying those which will meet and exceed your expectations. As my expertise lies in the retirement field, I will take you step-by-step through this "Ready… Set… Retire" series on how best to select a retirement community. Every community tailors their lifestyle options differently. Keep in mind we all need three things to age gracefully – good nutrition, socialization, and exercise.
When selecting a community, carefully consider the life levels they have to offer. Note that not all retirement communities offer late stages of care. This move is a very important step for you, your spouse, your family, as well as your health. Prior to your visit, have a clear picture of what you want and how you want to live. The various levels to consider are:
-Independent Living (your home)
-Assisted Living or Residential Living
-Full Nursing or Skilled Nursing
-Adult Day Care
-Home Health These levels can all play a critical role in how our lives unfold by offering unique assistance opportunities. If only we had a crystal ball when it comes to our health and welfare we could then control and tailor our lives accordingly.
Yet, this is not the case as we journey along our path. Stay tuned for the many offerings of retirement living today!
What is your next step?