Milwaukee 55+ Communities
Spending time doing things that are important to you during your older years is something to look forward to.
Independent living communities are what many older adults are looking for even if they don’t know it yet. The benefits of housekeeping, shopping, and group transportation services are hard to ignore. Gyms, pools, and shared libraries allow for a pleasurable standard of living.
There are many choices in Milwaukee when it comes time for you to start looking at independent living options. You are sure to find one that meets your needs.
Your 55+ Lifestyle Costs
Independent living costs can vary a lot based on what type of services and the size of the space offered. The average cost of a typical 1-bedroom apartment in Milwaukee is $895 while a 2-bedroom averages $1,027. This means if two people split the cost of a two bedroom the rent per roommate would be $512.50 on average versus the $895 it would cost to live alone.
Independent living costs are dependent on the level of accommodation required. SeniorAdvisor lists rates, reviews, and detailed information about premiere 55+ communities in the Milwaukee area. By doing your research on their site, you can save time and money.
Manor Pointe Oak Creek offers comfortable and very affordable accommodations with a high level of service. Harbour Village is located within minutes of the airport so it is easy for friends and family to visit whenever they want. Onsite beauty services and a close proximity to shopping offers convenience and fun.
Funding Your Golden Years
Insurance and Medicare benefits don’t cover independent living facility costs.
Owning your own home can provide some income to live in a care facility but this is often not enough for the long term. Retirement funds and 401Ks are another source of funds.
If you have a pension that will continue to pay out throughout your lifetime and want to keep your home, you might consider renting it out. You can pay a real estate agency a small fee to handle the rental and send you funds when rent is paid.
Considerations and Life Choices
There are many types of communities out there. Here are a few questions and considerations to make when making this important decision.
Can I Get To The Church Services I Want?
If religion or access to a specific church are important to you, then this might influence your choice of community. Many communities offer non-denominational services, and sometimes offer shuttle services to other churches in the area.
Are Pets Allowed?
Your pet may be able to accompany you when you move to a 55+ community, if your pet meets size requirements. Expect to pay more if you choose to have a pet. These fees offset the extra cost of housekeeping that pets cause. Specific rules such as no reptiles and rules against certain breeds may also apply.
Make Sure You Have The Right Costs
Specific communities may require certain fees due before you move in. There may be annual fees towards community projects that you may be asked to pay. Sometimes lower prices means less service so make sure to look at more than just the price. A lot of perks may be available for a lower cost than you expect.
Lease terms should be clear and easy to understand. Be cautious if anyone tries to pressure you into signing a lease that you are not yet comfortable with.
Discussing Meal Options Is A Good Idea
It may be that you want to leave the cooking to someone else. Communities often have dining areas where you can get together with your friends. Meal plans can sometimes be purchased at various levels. For example, if you don’t want to cook your dinners you could plan this into your monthly costs.
Dietary concerns are usually not a major issue, but be sure to notify the staff in advance about any special requirements so that you are provided with a good level of service.
Take Your Time With Your Decision
It is best to start thinking about 55+ communities well in advance of when you want to move in. Sometimes the place you would like to live has a wait list or just no available units at the time. It is a big decision to make a lifestyle change, and you want to make sure that you actually make a choice that ensures your happiness over the years.
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