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So you’ve decided that moving into a retirement community is the right move for you, but now you have to figure out which one is the right fit for you and your needs. By taking into consideration the following factors you’ll be better able to find the right retirement community for you.

BEGIN RESEARCHING IN ADVANCE-BEFORE THE NEED ARISES

Start by asking family, friends, and valued advisors, such as a trust officer or estate attorney, for their suggestions and recommendations when researching retirement communities. You can also look to the Internet, professional resources, senior directories, local newspapers, and your own social circles for additional helpful information about retirement communities.

DETERMINE WHICH TYPE OF RETIREMENT COMMUNITY WILL BEST FIT YOUR NEEDS

There are numerous types of retirement and senior communities and the services they offer can vary greatly. From continuing care retirement communities (CCRC’s), which require upfront entrance fees, to “rental” communities which offer similar services with the flexibility of a monthly fee, there is certainly a community to fit every budget and lifestyle.

Narrow the list of potential retirement communities to a few possibilities by looking at location, care services, amenities, and activities. Create a checklist of things you need in a retirement community and use that to find the best fit for you.

VISIT THE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Take some time to tour the different retirement communities in your area. This will help you get a feel for their culture and also help you determine if you could see yourself living there. While touring different retirement communities, be sure to take time to sample their dining services and attend community events or community socials.

TAKE YOUR TIME

There is a good chance it will take more than one visit to a retirement community to determine if it is a good fit for you. Make an appointment with a community representative to address any specific questions you may have that can’t be answered by simply visiting the retirement community. Remember, representatives have a wealth of knowledge and are there to help you determine the perfect mix of services and amenities to meet your needs.

If you have any further questions about retirement communities please feel free to reach out to the expert at Lakeside Retirement Community. It’s our job to help you enjoy the best years of your life.