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Retiring is stressful enough. But to think about moving into a new community can be overwhelming for some. If you’re retired and in good health, consider congregational living.
Congregational living offers seniors independent living options with non-medical support, communal dining, and planned activities.
These senior living communities are designed for self-sufficient seniors who want the company of their peers in a neighborhood environment.
We will look at ways to select the right community. But first, what does a congregational community look like?
Services and amenities vary from place to place. But here are some you’ll likely find as you begin your search.
Age requirements: Varies: age 55+, 62+, and 65+
Basic resident requirements: Residents must be able to feed, dress and wash themselves, take care of their personal hygiene, and must be mobile, even with a wheelchair. Residents also must be able to get in and out of chairs, use the toilet unassisted and be able to get outdoors.
Accommodations: Private rooms; Apartments– 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom (kitchenettes, thermostat, fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinkler system, air conditioning, cable TV, emergency phone system).
Amenities: community center, computer access, indoor/outdoor pool, laundry, parking, dining room, library, guest rooms
Services: 24-hour staffing, housekeeping, personal laundry
Dining options: usually one meal a day is served. Vegetarian, low salt, diabetic
Payment options: Residents can buy, rent or obtain government-subsidized rentals through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Once you’ve found a few senior living communities, pay them a visit. Consider these factors when you’re there. Bring a notebook and write down your observations.
Get a feel for the people who live there. Talk to the residents and staff.
Walk around the community. Explore the grounds. Use all your senses. How does it smell? Is it quiet and peaceful? Are there surrounding noises (e.g. construction, city racket) that bother you?
You shouldn’t feel isolated. If you’re not familiar with the location, research it. Find out what the area offers.
How will you spend your days? Ask if there is an activities director.
Many seniors are independent but find that they would like the company of their peers. Congregational living could be the ideal senior living option.
You’ll live in a home that requires no maintenance. You’ll have safety. You’ll have planned activities. You’ll have basic amenities readily available. And best of all, you’ll meet new people. With congregational living, your senior living can feel like home.
To compare congregational living with other senior living options, see Senior Retirement Lifestyles.
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