San Francisco 55+ Communities
San Francisco is a bustling city that a lot of people want to live in. As you enter your older years you may find that some help with daily tasks would be greatly appreciated and increase your quality of life considerably.
An independent living community is intended for active and somewhat able-bodied adults that want some convenience and care, but also want to come and go as they please. This type of community allows residents to keep vehicles and come and go as they please.
Access to fabulous fitness facilities, pools, private libraries, spa services, and more are all possible at many of San Francisco’s premiere 55+ communities. The services you desire are totally up to you. Most basic rents include all utilities and housekeeping as well as a few meals. Entertainment and community center activities may also be included.
Cost Of Living In The Golden City
A one-bedroom apartment costs $3058 a month on average with two-bedroom apartment rents averaging $3925. San Francisco is no doubt a beautiful city with a lot to offer, but that does not come cheap.
Independent living communities are more expensive because you are getting services done for you such as housekeeping and you usually don’t have to worry about any utility bills at all. Internet services are often included but it is a good to ask before you move in so that you can make arrangements for your own private service.
The average cost of independent living in San Francisco will be higher than a standard apartment and will vary drastically depending on the level of services you require for your lifestyle. SeniorAdvisor can help you sort through all the different communities based on independent reviews, monthly rates, and more. Complete contact information is easy to find at SeniorAdvisor.
On The Financial Side
Independent living communities are not covered by most major insurance of medical coverage. Veterans benefits in the form of cash can be used but benefits such as the Veteran Aid and Attendant stipend are not for this type of use.
Privately paying for an independent living unit can be done using retirement funds or pensions if you have them. Selling your home that no longer meets your needs is another way. Of course you can rent your home out and use this money to help cover your independent living community costs.
Some people get or maintain jobs or businesses to help combat the costs of their new lifestyle. Make sure that you are fully aware of the total realistic costs of living in a community. Everything is not always included that you might want as a service.
San Francisco is home to many beautiful 55+ communities such as The Carlisle and The Broadmoor offer a lot to their residents and welcome visitors for tours. Residents at The Carlisle enjoy nightly movies, exercise classes, games, and more.
Sorting Through The Options: Considerations and Questions
Are There Rules For Visitors?
Some communities are more visitor friendly than others. They may ask that you observe certain hours or limit visits of overnight guests. If you plan on having grandchildren around a lot this may be something you want to talk to the management about well ahead of time.
What Is the Pet Policy?
While many communities have pets that are there for all the residents, the policy for private pets may be different. Keeping a large dog for example might only be suitable if you live in a 55+ community that has accommodations where you have your own cottage. Size limits for pets and policies against certain breeds and species are very common for the safety and comfort of the community.
What Type Of Meal Service Is Available?
Food is important and if you are paying someone else to do it for you then you need to know it is actually satisfactory. Special diets are not usually a problem. If you are used to a certain way of eating though you may consider being responsible for some of your own meals.
Can I Spend A Night?
Some communities may offer the option for you to stay overnight and see how you like it. There may be a fee for this but being thorough and sure of yourself is important before you make the choice to move anywhere.
Do I Have Easy Access To Activities Outside the Community?
If you like to get out and enjoy hobbies and interact in the community then ask for a list of what attractions are nearby if you are not already familiar with the neighborhood.
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