Retirement Communities: What should you look for?

Perhaps you’ve dreamed about retirement for a long time. In fact, you might have a mental picture of what it looks like. But we seldom allow ourselves the luxury of time to explore what it takes to achieve the freedom we’ve always imagined. So take a minute to focus on three topics that could help you define what you’re looking for in retirement.

> Lifestyle. It may seem obvious, but it’s smart to start by looking for a retirement community that allows you to live as you choose. The fear of moving from your current home and giving up your independence may steer you away from considering a retirement community, but think again. Some communities offer residences with attached garages and convenient resident parking lots, so you don’t have to give up driving. And for those who prefer not to drive, the benefits could be great, too. Scheduled transportation for off-site errands and recreational outings means a new-found sense of independence and social opportunities.

If you’re considering senior living options, you’re likely an empty nester—unless you have four-legged kids—your pets! When your dog or cat is part of the family, you’ll want a community that accepts them, too.

> Maintenance. Many retirement communities offer the advantages of a home or apartment you’ll love, but with none of the maintenance responsibilities you have with your current home, because the services are provided for you. But it pays to understand the contract.

While some retirement communities provide all maintenance as part of the monthly fee, others charge you for any work that needs to be done in your residential home or apartment. When exploring options, know what you prefer to do (and not to do), and consider the costs associated with the provided maintenance.

>Total Well-being. The goal of “wellness” is important at any age, but especially as we grow older. Great dining and exercise options are critical to maintaining good health, and often retirement communities offer both: on-site dining venues featuring nutritious, delicious menu choices and organized fitness classes catering to all levels of mobility—just steps from your door.

Even better, some communities understand that total wellness also means catering to mind and spirit with planned events that include cultural activities and educational lectures, spiritual talks and environmental excursions, plus vocational and charitable participation for total fulfillment.

Your Retirement Plan Starts Here! We know you have options for retirement living in Jackson, but Vista Grande Villa is the area’s only true Life Plan community. We’re prepared to chat about what you’re looking for today—and tomorrow. Contact us for an appointment!

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