Tucson 55+ Communities

Retiring doesn’t mean you have to totally slow down. Independent living allows you to do what you want but still get the assistance you need when necessary. Many adults 55+ are discovering the joy of not worrying about some of the basic household duties they have been doing for so long. Tucson is a beautiful and popular destination for retirement and fun.

Imagine how much more time you would have to pursue your interests if you didn’t have to worry about washing dishes, cleaning, and cooking meals. What about having fitness facilities within walking distance that you can use anytime?

Tucson Rent Costs

Tucson rental costs an average of $597 a month for a one-bedroom unit and $788 for a two-bedroom apartment.

The cost of a standard one-bedroom independent living apartment in Tucson can vary based on your own unique needs. SeniorAdvisor can help you research many different communities in no time at all. If you want to know starting rates, amenities, and read reviews, then it is the site for you.

Atria Valley Manor offers independent living apartments that cost lower than average while The Forum can cost much more but provide a high level of luxury.

Planning The Financial Side Of 55+ Living

Paying for an independent living facility is likely an expense that you will have to pay out of pocket. If you have retirement savings or a fund you may be able to use it. Remember to check the rules for withdrawing money from some retirement funds because there can be penalties if funds are withdrawn earlier than the plan allows.

If you have a large home that is not fulfilling your needs, you can sell it and use the funds to pay for your expenses throughout your life. Don’t count on Medicare or insurance covering any costs beyond health care needs.

If you have enough privately held funds to rent or buy in an independent living community, you could always keep the home you own and use it for some rental income. This additional income allows you to keep your home to pass on to your family and enjoy some extra income to offset your costs over the years.

Some older children are even choosing to move into the independent care community to be close and care for their parent more.

Asking The Important Questions

There are a lot of things to consider while researching what community you are most likely to be happy with.

Know The Rules Before You Sign

All communities have their own set of rules. These rules can vary a lot and you need to make sure you are fully aware of them before signing any agreements. If you can’t have pets, then this is a very important thing to know if you have a dog or cat.

Some communities may ask that you limit how often you have overnight visitors or not allow you to have grandchildren or children younger than a certain age live with you.

Consider Your Hobbies and Habits

If you like to stay up late or have hobbies that take up a lot of space, then a private apartment may be a better option for you rather than a shared apartment.

Apartments with many surrounding neighbors are going to mean that you may have to be more respectful of everyone’s living habits than you are at your current home.

Get A List Of What Is Included

It is crucial to have a good understanding of what you are getting for your money. Meal plans can vary in cost, and if you need special dietary consideration then the cost may increase as well.

Most independent living communities include rent, heat, cable, housekeeping, and meals in their basic rate. Group transportation is often offered as well. Internet services may be available or you may have to arrange this service yourself. Staff may be able to assist you with setting-up various services.

Check Out The Amenities

Pools, fitness centers, general stores, garden spaces, and more are just some of the perks you can find at 55+ communities. A community might cost a bit more to live in but if there are more perks, it may well be worth investing the extra money for the difference in the quality of life.

Spending at least a few hours at each place you are considering is recommended. Some communities may even allow you to stay overnight and try out living in their community, if you ask them and make arrangements.

Discuss Special Needs

Everyone is different. You may have special needs that have to addressed. It is best to talk about these needs with the appropriate parties well ahead of time so you can be comfortable when you move in. The staff at an independent living community can help you organize and plan your move so it is as pleasant as possible.


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