Retiring is a big life decision that most people can’t undo! More than retiring, thinking about where you’ll spend your post-retirement days is important. If you live in a large house, chances are that you may want to downsize. If you live away from your loved ones, you may decide to move nearer to them. Choosing an independent living community is also a popular option for many whether they’d like active independent living or assisted living. The question remains: how do you choose the best independent living community? Here we’ve compiled a list of questions to help you decide.
Is it Pet-Friendly?
For those of you who own pets, this is a very important question! Your pets are like your best friends. If the retirement community is pet-friendly, you’ll have absolutely no problem adjusting to your new surroundings. Moreover, you’ll easily make new friends because people are sure to introduce themselves to come and pet your furry friends!
How Will I Get Around?
This is especially important if you’ve decided to do away with your vehicle. While there is no doubt that having your own mode of transportation is a blessing, it’s a good idea to choose a community that has complimentary transportation available for its residents. You’ll never know when you suddenly won’t be able to drive in an emergency. Plus, it’s nice not to have to worry about finding a space to park sometimes!
Can I Live Maintenance-Free?
This kind of living has become more and more sought after by people. Simply put, you no longer have to do the household chores and home repairs that you must have found so burdensome. Some retirement communities have service-style apartments where you’re responsible for your own cleaning. Some like Discovery Village Vero Beach, however, have a reliable and professional housekeeping service that lets you live cleanly without you ever having to lift a finger!
What are the Senior Living Options?
This is important to know beforehand so that you get the lifestyle and services that are best suited for you. If you live independently and like to cook, for example, you might want a flexible senior living option and a home with a kitchen or kitchenette. If you need help with daily activities like showering, dressing or eating, you might require professional care. It’s important to think about this long-term too – how do you think your needs will change in a couple of years?
Can I Easily Opt Out?
No matter how great things initially seem, you might find yourself second-guessing your choice of retirement community some weeks in. Perhaps you don’t find things to your liking or your needs may have unexpectedly changed. As a result, you’d want to move out but you’re stuck since you’ve paid the community fees already. Retirement communities like ours offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. This means that if you’re unhappy with your stay within the first 90 days, you won’t be held to your lease terms and your fees will be refunded. Such an option gives our residents much-needed peace of mind.