Saturday, November 05, 2011

How to choose retirement community

Many factors come into play when choosing a retirement community. The retirees of today are living longer than ever and can expect to have a good quality of life. Once upon a time a retirement community was viewed as being a short step away from a nursing home. Today, that thought couldn't be farther from the truth.

Many retirement communities are designed for active retirees. There are many opportunities for residents to get to know each other. Common dining rooms provide a break from meal preparation and gives time for social interaction. Retirees should expect a full slate of programs that they can enjoy. Religious services, bocce games, historic or art programs and other presentations are just a few of the many activities that may be offered.

Retirees who like to travel may find that a retirement community can make them happy. Local day travel arrangements may be organized by an activities coordinators. Van tours or motorcoach travel for residents may be made through a travel agent or by a community member. Destinations can include local hot spots, weekend or overnight trips or longer outings.

When selecting a retirement community cost is always a factor. My family found out that it's important not just to look at the price tag but to evaluate each of the services that are offered. Some, like Elm Terrace in Lansdale, PA offer a long list of activities and services.

From health care to travel, there is no doubt that you will use some services more than others. When you are choosing a retirement community it is important to choose one that fits your needs and active lifestyle.

Find out more about Elm Terrace online http://www.etg-ccrc.org