By Rachel Leonard
A community that says, forget about spending your Saturday mornings mowing the grass, fixing the washing machine, or cleaning out the gutters; instead take that time to play a round of golf, go swimming, practice yoga, or cuddle up and nap!
Retirement Living Communities, or “Age Restricted” Communities, have been viewed as places those that can no longer care for themselves go to find solace; however, that is far from the truth, especially now adays. Today, choosing a retirement community is like choosing the toppings on a pizza- endless and can be customized to fit the person you are and your needs.
Types of housing communities range from, completely independent (ie-Active Adult Communities) to Skilled Nursing Facilities. Active Adult Communities are developments where folks, typically, 55 and older can live independently in their own home as far as daily living activities (meals, cleaning and housekeeping, monitoring medications, personal care, etc) are concerned, while the community tends to the upkeep of the exterior of the home, landscaping, and repairing of large household appliances.
These communities are designed and setup to have an almost a resort-like feel, usually, including club houses, pools, and located close to libraries, restaurants, churches, grocery stores, and shopping centers. An Active Adult home is built with accessibility and safety in mind, so seniors can “age in place”.
Amenities offered, but not limited to, can include:
- Walking Trails
- Cooking Classes
- Dance, Cardio, Yoga, and Pilates Classes
- Fitness Centers
- Tennis Courts
- Game Rooms