Raleigh 55+ Communities
North Carolina is a beautiful state to live in. It is little wonder why so many people are choosing to spend the later years of their life in a state that stretches from the mountains down to the sea.
Raleigh independent living communities place you in a central location in the state so you can experience fun things to do when the family comes into town. Raleigh is also full of art museums and entertainment options.
When you are over 55, it can be nice to get some help with the day-to-day activities. An independent living community can mean that you don’t have to worry about household duties or bill paying in your older years.
With the array of all-inclusive communities available, you are sure to find one that meets the level of care and service that you desire. Many communities include Wi-Fi service, so it is easy to stay in touch.
The Gardens At Wakefield Plantation offers luxury independent living that includes a billiard room and library, theater, a koi pond, and a putting green. If you want a more basic community that still has a lot to offer, there is Independence Village of Olde Raleigh. Both facilities provide a wide range of care to meet your needs over the years.
Determining The Cost
The level of help you want, the quality of services and the size of the room will largely determine the cost of your facility. If you want to handle more of your needs, then that can sometimes reduce your costs.
The average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment in Raleigh was $948 a month as of December 2015. A two-bedroom unit averaged $1,109.
Independent living communities vary a lot in total cost. SeniorAdvisor offers a lot of details about communities in the Raleigh area. When you do your initial research online you are more easily able to find the right community. Pricing and independent reviews on SeniorAdvisor can be very helpful.
Finding The Money For Your New Lifestyle
Living independently for adults without major health or disabilities means that the cost is entirely paid privately. While health care can be covered by private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, daily expenses are your responsibility.
If you have private retirement funds or a pension plan, you may be able to use these resources to pay for your independent living expenses. Selling your home is also another financial resource.
Living in a 55+ community doesn’t mean you can’t have a job or own your own car. In fact, many people have full or part-time jobs that live in these types of communities. The whole idea is to simplify your life so you can do the things you want more easily.
Researching Your Independent Living Options
Making the decision of where to move is a serious one. You may want to discuss this with your immediate family so they may help you research and decide what independent living residence is best for you.
A trip to each community should be planned well in advance of when you want to move. A hasty decision is not always the best when it comes to major life changes. Take the time to eat a meal there and see how the food service is.
Talking to current residents can help you get a better idea of what life is really like in each community. Ask others their likes and dislikes about living there. No matter how nice of a place it is, there are likely some disadvantages. So, it is better that you discover any issues at the beginning before signing a long-term lease.
If a community has different living options to choose from, make sure you see all that you are interested in. A studio style living space is less expensive than a 1-bedroom unit, which may meet your needs better than you might think.
Find Out What Is Close
Many independent living communities are located close to amenities such as shopping and medical centers. If you enjoy other activities such as specific religious services, then you should find out if a church is close enough for you to reasonably attend.
If the community you are considering doesn’t offer enough green space for you, then you might be able to take advantage of any nearby parks. Many areas have community garden spaces available. If you love to garden, then this can be a great activity to pursue.
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