There are senior homes catering to the full spectrum of senior needs, from active lifestyle communities to nursing facilities. This section isn’t about a specific type of senior living community; it is more about finding out what different kinds of senior living communities and senior homes are out there, and finding out which ones fit your lifestyle the best. Once you’ve thought through what country, state or city you want to retire in – see our section on best places to retire – the next step is to think about whether you want privacy or community, independence or assisted care.
Sit down and make lists describing what you want from your senior home, and balance those wants against your needs. Think about the following questions when figuring out what kind of senior housing is right for you:
- Is it worth saving some money to have a roommate?
- Do you need one room for you and your significant other, or are you more comfortable with a 2-bedroom scenario?
- What senior activities would you enjoy sharing with other people your age?
- Do you have furniture you want to move in, or do you you’re your senior housing furnished?
- Would daily help, with medical or non-medical needs, free up time and energy to enjoy your retirement even more?
Answering these questions will give you a better idea of where to start. If you need constant medical care, an assisted living facility is the most obvious choice for you. Before you start looking through senior home brochures, it’s worth looking at some of the resources, information and legal advice provided by the US Government for seniors. The government’s page for seniors covers a wide range of issues that may directly or indirectly affect your decision about a senior home, as well as links to specific information about housing. You can also talk to residents of the communities you are interested in; see what they are involved in, what the community offers, what kind of food they get served, how the general atmosphere is.
SeniorLivingCommunitites.com offers you information on the different kinds of senior housing available. Articles like “What Type of Senior Housing are You Looking For?” and “Things to Remember When Choosing the Best Place to Retire” offer important information that can help you chose what kind of senior housing is right for you.