While many senior citizens want to hold on to the homes that they have lived in all through their lives, some begin to recognize the need to begin considering other residential options. One of the factors that allow them to recognize this need is the fact that their children may have moved out of their home to start their own families, with some of them living in other states and counties. Another is the fact that the possibility of reduced physical health and having no one to care with them is beginning to become a legitimate concern. Retirement communities have been a viable response to many of these concerns.
Some senior citizens and retirees, through their friends and family, more or less know how these communities offer them a range of optionsfrom nursing homes that offer full-time nursing services, to independent houses in senior-dominated towns and communities. However, determining what specific characteristics they need to be looking at can be a much more challenging task.
To begin with, you need to understand the required costs for moving into a retirement community. Because of how lucrative the market is, and how varied the services available are, the entry fees to a retirement community can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000. There are also associated monthly fees, averaging $2,000, and varying below or above that, depending on the range of other services that are offered throughout your stay.
You will also need to be in a position to continue paying fees. Some of the retirement community managers would require that you have enough resources to sustain the fees that are required every month. Usually, these facilities require retirees to have assets amounting to at least thrice of the required entry fee. Others also include the additional requirement of monthly income to be able to cover at least twice of the monthly residential fees.
Those who need assistance within their living quarters may pay an additional $80 to $120 for an attendant daily. Nurses in nursing care facilities will charge about $170 to $200 per day.
Many people simply raise the funds by selling their old homes before moving into retirement homes. While the fees are exorbitant, many retired couples appreciate the fact that now that they are free from the responsibilities of housekeeping, they are able to spend more time together doing other leisure activities.
You have to remember that a retirement community in one state may differ wildly from another, even within the same state. This is because the specific nature of the retirement community may differ, but also the sort of lifestyle that residents are capable of maintaining with the community. Facilities also differ; some nursing homes offer basic rooms and some field where seniors can do routine-walking.
Other communities are more generous, offering a range of sports facilities and options for sports trainers, who can give retirees an optional routine workout activity as desired. Others also offer pavilions and clubhouses where senior citizens within the same community can mingle and befriend each other.
With retirement communities spread across states, retirees must take enough time and consideration to consider their options in other places and not be limited to the ones near their old homes. This is to ensure that the large fees associated with moving to these communities are maximized to the fullest.