Are you looking for the best retirement community for you or a loved one? Not sure where to start? Here at Saint Ann Retirement Center, we’ve identified some things to consider and questions to ask when looking to move into a new retirement community.
How to Know What Retirement Community Is Best For Me?
Here’s what you need to consider when choosing the retirement community for you.
You’ll be eating the food for nearly every meal, so you better like it! When you or a loved one visits, pay close attention to the dining aspects.
What kind of meals are available? Who is preparing it? Are the ingredients of excellent quality? Can they accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences with ease?
2. Social Activities
It would help if you wanted to move into a retirement community to be around folks your age that whom you can socialize with. Ask for a calendar of monthly events when you tour.
Do the activities interest you? Are you physically able to participate? Activities are what get you moving and interacting in a retirement community. You should enjoy them!
3. Personal Care
Every person interested in a retirement center has different medical and personal needs. Some retirement communities focus on medical care also known as assisted living care, while others prioritize independence or independent living.
Evaluate your situation and decide if you value getting to live on your own or being in a place where specialty care is provided. Do you need help with your meds? Do you need assistance with dining? Do you still do chores?
4. General Disposition
Do the residents and staff seem happy when you visit? Or do they seem bored or dismissive? Pay attention to the state of the residents.
You’re likely to feel similar to how they do. You should spend your years in a retirement center happily!
Amenities are the shared spaces in retirement centers for residents to enjoy. Amenities vary from religious spaces, exercise rooms, game centers, and more!
If most of the amenities don’t interest you, consider if the cost of living there is worth it if you don’t like the amenities.
When you visit, take some time to mingle with a current resident. It could be insightful to the retirement experience. Still, it gives you a chance to gauge if you see yourself getting along with those who live there.
If you use the center’s amenities and participate in social activities, you should do it with friends!
Transportation is an often-overlooked aspect of retirement communities.
A community’s transportation allows you to get out and about. While it varies from place to place, Saint Ann is proud to offer a robust transportation service.
We have a scheduled driver who can take you to medical appointments, the grocery store, movie theaters, and more!
Transportation is key to living with independence.
8. Independent Living or Assisted Living
You’ll be faced with these two living options when looking to move into a senior retirement community. Independent Living Vs. Assisted Living.
In short, independent living focuses on:
– The social needs of the resident
– Aid with daily activities when asked
– General independence
Assisted living focuses on:
– Medical and personal care
– Continuing care support
– Nursing care
– Help with daily activities
Some senior living communities specialize in one or the other. Saint Ann provides both in one location.
Moving into a retirement center is a big decision with many factors.
Here at Saint Ann, we hope to have alleviated some stress and given you some peace of mind on how to best make this decision.
Are you interested in a senior living community? Visit Saint Ann today! We are an all-encompassing facility with the people and resources to accommodate independent and assisted living residents.
Stop by and see our wide array of amenities, happy residents, and welcoming staff and see if we are best for you.