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Why More Seniors are Choosing Retirement Communities

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col-1Over 1 million Americans now reside in retirement communities and senior care facilities, with that number expected to double in the next 15 years as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age. The majority of those moving into retirement communities today are increasingly looking for retirement living that reminds them of home.

Seniors who choose retirement communities not only expect these facilities to be more inviting, but would also like to live independently – or as independently as possible – which many of these communities encourage. That’s why retirement communities have become even more appealing in the last decade.

Many retirement communities offer amenities such as fitness centers, social activities, housekeeping, and dining services. At retirement communities like Bethany Village, seniors can enjoy all the conveniences of a walkable village. Many retirement communities also give residents access to on-site banking services, beauty salons and barbershops, and transportation services to local attractions.

Best of all, these amenities are designed with the needs of seniors in mind. There’s a greater emphasis on accessibility and ease of use in retirement communities, so residents will find well-lit areas, more ramps and elevators and lower steps, and even larger print on signs in public places. Homes also generally include easier to reach cabinet doors, more accessible toilets and showers, and single-level floor plans that can make senior living in these retirement communities much more pleasant.

Here are some things to do when touring a retirement community:

• Speak to the residents. Are they happy? Do they enjoy where they live? What changes would they make to their community if they could?
• Ask about maintenance fees. Are the community’s fees easy to understand? Does the way that services are billed or discussed seem overly complex?
• Ensure you have help if you need it. At a CCRC or Continuing Care Retirement Community like Bethany Village, you can choose the level of care that’s right for you, whether that’s independent living, home care, assisted living or nursing home care – all in one place.

With retirement communities more popular than ever, it’s important that you take the time to choose the right living situation for you and your loved ones.

Have questions? Contact us at Bethany Village to discuss our retirement living options.

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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