April 10, 2018

When some people think of senior living, they may envision outdated nursing homes of decades past. The truth is, senior living has changed immensely in recent years to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible. Modern retirement communities are constantly evolving to fit the needs of older adults and provide them with a comfortable, safe, and socially vibrant alternative to living at home.

If your older parent or loved one is approaching retirement age and considering downsizing, now is the perfect time explore their options for senior living and visit nearby retirement communities! Here are some of the top trends in retirement community living that you may encounter in your search. 

Customizable spaces

Today’s retirement communities feature private residential living arrangements that are designed to fit a variety of senior lifestyles. Most retirement communities feature a range of options, from smaller cottages to villas to stylish apartment-style spaces. Residents can choose among different floor plans and fully customize the space with their own furniture and décor.

Convenient services and amenities

Retirement communities aim to make life easier for older adults by providing convenient services such as housekeeping, maintenance services, security monitoring, and lawn care services. Many communities also offer on-site amenities such as salons and barbershops, restaurants, banking services, and transportation services.

Social and educational events

Modern retirement communities provide more than just a place to live. Today’s communities give older adults opportunities to socialize with others and make new friendships every single day. Retirement community residents can participate in a wide range of fun activities and events, including fitness classes, continuing education courses, outings to local events, and much more.

Continuing Care

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are another emerging trend in senior living. These communities offer a range of living options across a continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care, all within the same community. CCRCs allow residents to smoothly transition from one type of care to the next as their needs change, without experiencing the hassle of moving to an entirely new campus.