Why Seniors Choose Retirement Housing

By Lyndsee Rothenburg

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Lyndsee Rothenburg, a Residential Placement Specialist working for Texas Apartment Center examines the possible reasons for retirement communities becoming an attractive option for many seniors.

More and more seniors are choosing to move into retirement communities or apartment style housing. There are a number of reasons this has become the choice of the 50 plus crowd.

The first reason could be the array of social activities that seniors have access to. Most of these properties host activities such as birthday celebrations, potluck dinners, seasonal parties, and more on a regular basis. And what’s more, they host them right on property so the residents don’t even have to leave their community to see their friends and neighbors. Amenities like indoor heated pools, spas, fully equipped gyms and business centers are now a standard requirement for many retirees, who are seeking retirement communities which enable them to be as active and involved as they choose.

The second reason more seniors are finding this an attractive option is the basic principle of cost downsizing. It takes more to heat or cool a bigger home, and the yard work can create problems for some. The almost daily upkeep of a home becomes too overwhelming for some. More and more, they're seeing the value in exploring simpler living arrangements.

Another reason is the ease of transportation. Most properties have on-site vans or buses to run residents on errands and social outings. These are provided, usually, at no cost to the residents and they operate on a fixed schedule to allow for residents to plan their weeks more efficiently and get the most out of their living experience.

Safety is another big concern for the elderly. Personal safety in the home falls into two categories - preventing accidents and security - and both are equally important. Some five million people (US statistic) suffer accidents in their homes every year, and the possibility of that rises with age. Retirement facilities offer amenities such as gated access and unit alarms to ensure their residents’ safety. On top of the usual precautions, they also usually have on site medical staff and security personnel patrolling the grounds 24 hours a day.

So when the facts are laid out, one can see why this trend has occurred in such a dramatic way and why some senior living facilities have resident waiting lists that are years out. With the increasing number of retirement communities sprouting up, it is important to work with a professional placement service to find the one that’s right for you.

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Thanks for wiritng such an easy-to-understand article on this topic.

Posted by Sunshine | July 19, 2011 Report Violation

I agree the cost of these retirement residences is way out of reach for so many. Be they retirement home ownership communities or 55+apts. The cost compared to what income is for so many at the older age just doesn't jive. I see efficiency apts that are 300sq for $600 plus parking cost and cable for the TV. Bare bone apts without even a garbage disposal. Something is very wrong with all of this. I have sadly discovered that so many including myself ,have to struggle to pay the cost of these type living arrangments. That is if we even have the required incomes to qualify for residence. If there is a solution I would love to know what it is, because many places take 50% and over of income to live in these places.

Posted by tired of looking | February 13, 2011 Report Violation

Everybody sometimes thought about home remodeling, and many of us have already improved their houses. People always tend to improve and remodel their homes. So I think that articles about home remodeling and improvement would be interesting to most users, even if this theme do not match forum's subjects. I'm going to post here some articles on home remodeling and improvement, and if the administration of this forum consider that I'm wrong and such topic shouldn't be here, please delete it or move to a more appropriate section. Thank you for your attention, and here is the first article for those who are interested:

Home Improvement Guide - Choosing A Good And Affordable Contractor

When making home improvements, some homeowners choose to handle the project themselves. However, individuals with little home improvement knowledge will have to rely on a contractor. Selecting a good and affordable contractor is essential. Because some contractors are shady and charge ridiculously high fees, picking the right contractor requires research. Here are a few tips to help you pick the best contractor for your next home improvement project.

Get Referrals from Family and Friends

Asking family and friends for the name of a good contractor may prove worthwhile. If a relative or acquaintance completed similar home improvements, and were satisfied with the work, using the same contractor may speed up the selection process. Trying to identify a shady contractor is difficult. Using referrals to select a contractor will increase your chances of finding a reputable home improvement company.

Browse Contractors Listed in the Yellow Pages

If your friends and family cannot refer a good contractor, you will have to rely on the yellow pages and other forms of advertisements. The yellow pages include many listings, which makes the selection process challenging. Rule of thumb: do not hire the first contractor you contact. Instead, request information and quotes from several companies.

Get an estimate and ask how long it will take to complete the job. Each company will quote you slight different estimates. It is tempting to choose the least expensive contractor. However, keep in mind that more expensive contractors may use better materials or has a reputation for good work.

Research Contractors with the Better Business Bureau

As you begin your search for a good contractor, contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in your local area. If a contractor or company has received any complaints from past customers or has developed a bad reputation, the BBB will have this information. While browsing contractors, choose one with a flawless record.

Along with researching complaints by the BBB, request references from the contractor. Ideally, references should be current and include customers that had similar work completed on their homes. Contact previous customers to see if they were satisfied with the contractor's work.

Posted by Expert-improvement | October 16, 2010 Report Violation

I have a comment, that many seniors wishing to move to these residences,have. Too expensive, I have visited many very nice new places, they are all the same. It's not just the rental price, when you add all the other hidden costs, you have to have a pretty hefty bank account, even after you sell your house.

Posted by Solange Brammer | August 9, 2010 Report Violation

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