Senior Communities: What to Consider

by Concierge Matcher on November 9, 2010

Senior CommunitiesA senior community can be a good fit for a retired homeowner thinking of downsizing to a smaller home with more security and amenities.

While every senior community is different, each one will typically have rules about the acceptable minimum age for residents, or restrictions on residents who continue working.

You will need to consider community rules on residency, guests, pets, decoration and maintenance to ensure that these will fit well wnough with your own lifestyle.

When senior communities are less self contained, they may consist of specially adapted single level homes or flats with accessibility improvements such as handrails and ramps, but less amenities provided outside the home. If this is the case, the surrounding area must be considered carefully in terms of the facilities and activities available, convenience for transportation and public amenities provided.

Arizona, Florida and Nevada are popular retirement locations in the USA, due to their sunny climate and favourable tax situation for seniors. In the UK, retiring to Devon is popular, due to its mild climate, pretty countryside and the large number of purpose built retirement flats with lower property prices in Devon.

As the baby boomer demographic reaches retirement age, senior communities are becoming more and more popular. The amenities in a planned senior community can make it a very pleasant place to retire. Less all inclusive communities can also be quiet and pleasant, but should be conveniently located for local facilities, public transportation and shopping.

Social activities make it easier for senior community residents to meet and socialize with their neighbours, without having to organize activities themselves. Social groups, book groups, and clubs may be organised, as well as sporting activities such as golf, swimming and gym memberships, while entertainment nights may also be arranged by community managers.

Senior communities will typically offer extra security measures for residents, as well as a range of support services, which may include adult day care, access to different therapies, and maintenance services such as plumbing, housekeeping, gardening and even computer networks.

Do background checks if possible, or at least ask around to hear other people’s experiences, bearing in mind they could have been looking for a lifestyle that was very different – one person’s nightmare is another’s paradise after all, in senior communities just like anywhere else.

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