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What makes home more than a house? It can be hard to put your finger on sometimes. Usually, it’s a combination of many different things. So when it comes to looking at new places to live, what is it you should be looking for?

We’ve prepared this list of helpful tips to help you identify key aspects of comfort that will bring you to a home and a lifestyle you’ll love.

  1. Check out a calendar of events and tour the areas of the activities and amenities of the community.
    Each community’s culture is shaped by the people who live there. Some communities are oriented toward volunteerism and social action, while others thrive on culture, academia or the outdoors. Whatever senior living community you research, you’ll find residents participating in a host of different activities, programs, clubs and committees. It’s not about simply keeping busy, these opportunities are designed to give residents choices to do what they want, find fulfillment, and thrive during their retirement years.
  2. Ask relatives, friends and neighbors for referrals based on their experiences.
    Residents who love their community are always happy to share their insights. Reputation, ratings, and reviews matter. Strike up a conversation with some of the residents and ask about their experiences living in the community. Trust your gut. There is a lot to be said for the feeling you get when you visit and spend time at a community and get to know what residents are really like. Don’t forget to research the community online and read ratings and reviews.
  3. Keep in mind your personal wellness.
    While most of us don’t like to think about it, our needs are likely to change as we age. The best senior living communities empower residents to maintain and enhance their personal wellness and provide priceless peace of mind for you and your family. Often, when it comes to senior living, there are a variety of contract options to choose from. Does the community offer additional levels of care such as assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation? Are there alternative living choices should you or your partners healthcare needs change? Will you be locked into a long term contract or can you lease month to month? What other benefits support future care, convenience, and your overall peace of mind?
  4. Affordability now and later.
    The cost of living in a retirement community is often a deciding factor when considering a place to call home. For most people, you may be surprised to learn that many retirement communities are more affordable than you originally thought, especially when compared to the cost of owning or maintaining a home. Ask if there are entrance fees and any other financial benefits that allow you to pay only for services you use. Be open with a sales counselor about your personal financial picture. They will help you compare the costs and share the added benefits, services, and opportunities you may be missing in your home. Remember, the more flexibility and choice, the more control you have over your future.

Choosing a retirement community takes time. Involve your family or trusted friends. Whether you’re looking for an answer or just shopping around, asking the right questions can help you compare your options. Be sure to reach out to a community sales counselor, they understand it’s a big decision, and their job is to help you choose the community that’s the best fit for you.