Step 2 — Think About the Future & Your Desires
Narrow the search field by finding the type of senior housing that will fit your current and possible future needs.
It is impossible to know what is going to happen in the next few years of someone’s life. Taking the time to examine the possibilities of changes in health, mobility or financial status will aid you in choosing the senior living community that will allow you or your loved one to best age in place. Sometimes a move is inevitable due to unexpected changes. However, sometimes you can find the right fit in a community that will help you age in place.
A few things to consider when looking at your possible future needs:
- What physical issues do you have currently? Do you see those becoming a bigger issue with time?
- Do you have any age-specific, genetic diseases or illnesses that run in your family?
- What does your doctor say about your current health and possibilities of changes?
- Do you see yourself wanting to live closer to family or friends as you get older? Moving to a different climate?
Further narrowing your field of options by comparing communities to the list of desires you might have for your ideal retirement living situation.
Personal and health needs are both things that must be addressed in the move to senior living, but the amenities and services offered in a community may set one community apart from the rest in the ultimate move decision. Take a moment to think about all of the ideal community amenities and services. The final choice of a community may not have all of the items on a desires list, but it may have the most important features to you or your family member.
A few things to consider when thinking about your desires for the ideal Senior Living Community:
- What amenities would really set the community apart from other communities? (e.g. Active Social Calendar, In-House Beauty/Barber Salon, Exercise Room, etc.)
- Do you have a pet that you’d like to take with you to the community?
- What types of housing would you like/dislike? (e.g. Studio, One-Bedroom, Alcove, Shared, etc.)
- Do you drive? If so, what parking requirements would make this community great for your quality of life?
- What location features are important to you? (e.g. near shopping, near dining, walkable, near public transportation, etc.)
- What dining features would the ideal community have? (e.g. anytime dining, menu with choices, healthy options, one meal, three meals, etc.)
Write down all of your Possible Future Needs & Desires for Retirement
Create a list of all of the possible future needs and desires. This list will help you at the very end of your search. You’ll use the list when you are narrowing your search and come up against a variety of communities that fit both your current health and budgetary needs. Set this list aside as you move on to your next step in your search.
Continue on to read the next steps in the search for the perfect Senior Living community: