Five Ways Location Affects Your Choice in a Senior Community
As the adage goes, in real estate, location is everything. And what’s choosing a senior community other than a real estate transaction? Whether you’re moving to an independent living retirement community, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, an assisted living facility or a nursing home, you’re choosing a place to live as much as you’re selected a community for the staff, the ambiance and the amenities.
That’s why location is one of the keys to choosing the right senior living community. Let’s explore some aspects of the location you’ll want to consider before making your move.
Activities in the Area
Are you an arts and culture type? Have you always wanted to live near the beach? (Or have you always lived by the beach and wouldn’t want it any other way?) Maybe a shopping mall is a necessity; after all, your mall walkers club is your daytime getaway and exercise all in one.
Whatever you need, look around the surrounding community and see if it’s offered. You’ll find senior communities in big cities, small towns and suburbs. You may want a place that’s close to your former house, that way the community is already familiar. Or maybe you want to move someplace new for a change.
Also ask about free transportation to areas you’ll want to visit. Even if you bring your car to the senior community now, a time may come in the future where you no longer want to drive.
As with any real estate endeavor, the better neighborhoods will command higher prices. Since you may be moving to a smaller apartment, though, you may be able to afford a better neighborhood than you would if you were buying a single family home. Don’t rule out your dream neighborhood because house prices are out of your range. And remember, part of your senior community living expenses may be tax deductible.
Proximity to Your Doctors
If you’re thinking of moving outside your community, but not relocating to a different state or region entirely, you may want to keep your current network of doctors. If so, you’ll want a place that’s not too far and, again, that transportation is available.
If you’re relocating, you’ll want to scope out doctors in the area. Fortunately, doctors tend to congregate near senior communities, so it’s likely you’ll get your choice of both GPs and specialists, including geriatric care specialists. Many senior communities even have their own on-site doctors or partnerships with area doctors who visit the community regularly.
Proximity to Friends and Relatives
Again, this is important to think about, if you already have a strong network of friends and relatives near your current home. If you don’t have friends and family nearby, you may have more options in senior communities, as you can look outside your current region. Don’t worry. You’ll make all new friends and staff members may quickly become like family members.
Again, if you’re relocating to a different region, you’ll want to consider the weather. You may even talk to your doctor about climates that might be best for conditions such as emphysema, allergies, or arthritis. There’s a reason the southeastern and southern U.S. has a preponderance of beautiful senior communities … and your friends and relatives won’t mind the trip to visit you, either, especially if it lets them escape the snow.
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