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Top 10 Tips for Choosing the Right Life Plan Community

Top 10 Tips for Choosing the Right Life Plan Community

The hardest part is making the decision to downsize to a life plan community. Now that the decision is behind you, it’s time to start considering all your options. The most important thing is to find a life plan community that will allow you to age in place throughout every stage of your retirement.

Your quality of life will depend on you choosing a life plan community that helps you continue to thrive physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

10 Tips for Finding a Life Plan Community

When assessing all of your options for retirement living, it can sometimes get overwhelming. Use our list of top ten criteria to consider, and narrow down your list to the top three. Then, schedule a visit and truly experience what life would be like for you as a resident.

  1.  Location is key – One of the most important aspects when choosing a life plan community is the location. Do you want to venture outside of your current neighborhood? Would you like to live closer to family and friends? Are there things for you to do in and around the community?
  2. Lifestyle – Because life plan communities are committed to healthy living, it’s important to find one that will keep you active – mind, body and soul. Does it have a fitness center? Is there a chapel with mass times? Do they offer a variety of hobbies for you to explore?
  3. Carefree living – Another important aspect of independent living is a low-maintenance lifestyle. Is transportation provided? Do they offer casual and fine dining options on-site? Is there 24-hour security? Are landscaping and housekeeping services provided?
  4. Social Opportunities – Living by yourself can get lonely. Another benefit of joining a community is having plenty of opportunities for social enrichment. Does the community make social activities a priority? Can you meet with residents prior to moving in? Are there a variety of common spaces to gather?
  5.  Aging in Place – Life plan communities should accommodate changing health needs for you and your spouse, while still allowing you to stay together. Do they offer assisted living? Do they offer short-term or long-term rehabilitation? Do they prioritize aging in place?
  6.  Price – It’s important to know the costs upfront so you can do a financial cost assessment. Will you save money on utilities? What are the most affordable options?
  7.  Staff members – The staff members at your new retirement community will become like an extension of family. Do they have low turnover rates? What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Do they provide continuing education for staff members?
  8. Tours – It’s important for you to experience what life would be like in advance to moving in. Can you take a tour of the community? Can you meet with current residents or staff members?
  9. Family support – Your family is your lifeline. Finding an independent living community that communicates with your family and keeps them informed is essential. Do they meet with family members? Do they address questions and concerns your family may have?
  10. Happiness – Ultimately, it comes down to your happiness. Trust your gut when choosing a life plan community and don’t ignore any red flags you may find along the way.

The Life Plan Community at St. Joseph of the Pines

When you are ready to explore your options for a life plan community, consider the beautiful North Carolina campuses of St. Joseph of the Pines. We offer a variety of living options to best suit your goals in retirement. Schedule a tour of Belle Meade and Pine Knoll to see if we are a good fit for you. Contact us today, we are happy to help.

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