Five Things to Consider When Choosing Your Retirement Home

Five Things to Consider When Choosing Your Retirement Home

Moving to a retirement home heralds a big change in your life, so it's important to take your time before you make any final decisions. Here are five key factors that you should consider when evaluating the homes on your list.

What Amenities Do You need?

To prevent (as much as is possible) the upheaval of a future move, it's a good idea to think ahead to a time when you may need some degree of assistance to complete your daily tasks. Even if you're fully mobile and in robust health right now, the situation could change in a few years. A retirement home that can meet your changing needs, whether that's simply some housekeeping services, helping you to get dressed in the morning and washing your hair, or providing skilled nursing care, could be a better choice than a home that only caters to seniors who are able to fend for themselves.

By choosing a flexible retirement home like the one at,  which can offer you a higher level of care if you need it, you can have the peace of mind that you won't have to move again unless you want to.

Will You Fit in With the Other Residents?

No matter how much you like the accommodation provided, if the other residents aren't a good fit with your lifestyle then you're unlikely to be happy. If you're an active senior with plenty of energy for activities and outings, but the majority of other residents are much older with significant healthcare needs, then think about how that will limit your opportunities for striking up fulfilling friendships and finding enough enjoyable pastimes at the facility to fill your days.

How Do They Support Couples?

If you're moving to a retirement home with your partner, what options will you have if one of you needs a higher level of care in the future? Will you be able to continue living together in your apartment or will you be separated for the convenience of staffing routines?

Are the Staff Friendly?

When you tour each retirement home, take note of how members of staff interact with other residents. Are interactions short and hurried with the staff member doing the minimum that needs to be done, or is there time and care taken to make sure that each person is treated as an individual with feelings?

Does It Feel Like Home?

Finally, be honest with yourself. Does the retirement facility or community feel like home? Is the facility committed to safeguarding the rights and freedoms that you currently take for granted? Are you excited at the prospect of moving to your chosen facility or is it simply the best of a bad lot? Deep down you'll know if you're making the right choice or if you're compromising. If it doesn't feel right then don't feel pressured to make the move.

Moving to a retirement home doesn't need to be stressful. If you choose a home that has friendly staff, a good mix of residents, and one that can provide increased care should you need it, you can avoid making a costly mistake.

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