Once you reach a certain age, you may wonder if it’s time to move into a retirement community. But is there a “right” time? After all, you’re still active and independent. Does moving to a community make sense now, or should you wait?
“The short answer is that there is no wrong time to move into a retirement community,” says Barbara A. Keller, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Peter Becker Community. “These days, more and more older adults are choosing to move to independent living while they’re still in their 60s or early 70s. The recreational activities, services included and future care services make communities an easy solution for helping older adults live their best retirement lifestyle possible.”
That doesn’t mean that there still aren’t older adults who wait to move to retirement living when they “need” it. Some individuals wait until they need a certain level of care to move. Individuals who choose assisted living facilities or skilled nursing care may not move until their 80s or later.
“Choosing to move to retirement living is a big decision and shouldn’t be something that’s taken lightly,” says Barb. “It’s a personal choice and something that each person should consider thoughtfully.”
How do you know when it’s the “right” time to move to retirement living? Here are some sights to watch for that may indicate you’re ready to begin a new chapter of life.
You don’t want to deal with home chores anymore.
Owning your own home free and clear is a wonderful thing. But it also means a lot of work – yard maintenance, repairs, general housekeeping, cleaning … the list goes on and on. Even if you love your home and are perfectly capable of doing chores and tasks yourself, is that really how you want to spend your retirement? If you’d like to free up your time to do the things you want to do instead of the things you have to do, moving to a retirement community may be the solution. You’ll have a maintenance-free lifestyle (you don’t even have to cook if you don’t want to), so you can live the retirement lifestyle you ultimately deserve.
You’d like a place that offers long-term care.
Even if you’re healthy and active today, you may need additional assistance in the future. At a retirement community, medical care, personal care and other services are available to residents living there. Even if you never need that additional care, it provides peace of mind knowing that it’s available – and that you don’t have to move away in order to receive the care you need. Different types of facilities offer different services (including home care), so be sure to do your research to determine what various facilities offer.
You’d like to be more social.
Being around those we care about makes life worth living, but as we get older, it’s harder and harder to get together with friends and family members. Loneliness can be a real problem for older adults, which is one of the reasons why many seniors choose to move into a retirement community. When you join a community, you’re instantly surrounded by others in your same stage of life who are ready to make friends and enjoy what life has to offer. Since the community has a full calendar of events with opportunities to socialize, it’s never been easier to be and stay social.
You like the all-inclusiveness of a community.
Peace of mind comes in all shapes and sizes. The simplicity and all-inclusiveness of a retirement community is one way that moving to this type of facility can provide peace of mind. For just one easy monthly fee, residents enjoy everything the community offers, from activities to meals to living space and so much more. This makes budgeting and day-to-day life that much simpler. No more having to deal with coordinating repairs, picking up prescriptions, going grocery shopping and the like. Your community – your new home – takes care of all of it, leaving you free to enjoy your retirement to the fullest.
“When you see all the benefits that a retirement community like Peter Becker Community can provide, you’ll see that it makes the most sense to become part of our family while you’re healthy and active,” says Barb. “Joining our community while you’re in the prime of your life allows you to enjoy your retirement to the fullest while making the community your true home.”
Your Moments Are at the Heart of What We Do
At Peter Becker Community, it’s our mission each day to celebrate your individuality, whether you reside here full-time or are here as a temporary resident of our Health Care Center. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, we provide an environment that empowers you to remain active and autonomous while ensuring your future needs will be met. As a not-for-profit community, we are focused exclusively on the well-being of our residents.
We offer a full range of services – from Residential Living, to Personal Care, to Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, to compassionate Memory Care in our secure Memory Care neighborhood. Life here is good – it’s enriched by the time, choices, connections and involvement you’ll discover at our Continuing Care Retirement Community.
With our spectrum of activities, amenities, dining options, maintenance-free living and so much more, you’ll discover you spend more time enjoying our lifestyle and less time worrying about the details of life. You’ll find choices to build a secure life, connections that build closeness, involvement in the world at large and time to explore it all.
For more information about the services provided at Peter Becker Community or to schedule a personal visit to our Continuing Care Retirement Community in Montgomery County, please contact us at (215) 720-1087 to begin the conversation.