Most seniors look forward to their retirement years, a time when they can finally relax and do the things they enjoy. Not many want to spend this time dealing with a house that is falling about or trying to keep up with chores like cleaning, cooking, and taking care of the yard. 55+ communities are a great solution for these seniors, and if you’re looking for a way to truly enjoy your golden years, this might be an excellent choice.
Garland has been around longer than Texas has been a state, and because of its central location, many seniors come to this area. This city is located near the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, which makes the independent living communities located here easily accessible. If you want a place that can offer things like house cleaning, meal planning, and much more, you can check out some of the best communities like Grand Brooks, Mayberry Gardens, and Mercer Place, all recipients of SeniorAdvisor.com’s 2016 Best of Senior Living Award.
The cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Garland is around $706 per month, but you can expect to pay a significant amount more for a 55+ community. The average for the Garland area is around $3,700, but you can find a place as little as $1,750 or as high as $5,600. Apartments in these communities are more expensive because they offer a broad range of amenities and the price will vary based on your location and what type of services you decide to receive.
You are going to have to pay for your new community mostly out-of-pocket because while things like long-term care insurance, VA benefits, or Medicaid will cover health care they won’t cover basic living expenses for healthy adults. You can use Social Security payments, however, to help cover the costs.
A few other ways to lower your cost is to use any retirement savings you may have or consider getting a roommate in your new home. If your community allows you to have a roommate and you don’t mind living with someone else, this is a good way to cut costs of rent and utilities. If you own your home, you can sell it or rent it out and use that money to help pay for your lifestyle.
Independent living communities allow you to live the lifestyle you desire and it’s good to know what you want before you move in. Think of things like pets, family members, travel options, and daily life because these will factor into your final decision. If you’re looking for a place where you can have pets, will allow overnight guests, an is close to downtown, make sure you find a place that fits the bill. If you would rather spend most of your time away from home traveling or going on outings, look for a place that will make you happiest.
After you know what you want, start looking around the area. Each location will offer different services, and you need to find one that will fit your list of criteria. Ask for suggestions and make sure to visit each site before you choose.
Each community has amenities that are both built into the cost of your rent and those that are extra. Make sure to ask what is included before you sign any lease. Most places will offer things like cable, house cleaning, laundry services, and possibly transportation to nearby grocery stores or medical facilities.
Meal plans are often another service provided, and some places will let you choose what type of meal plan you would like. If you would prefer to make your meals, choose a community that will let you pass on the meal plan. This could also be a way to save a little extra money.
Beyond these services, you can find a variety of different amenities based on a place's location and the people who live there. Sometimes these services will be extra money, or they might come at a discounted rate to the seniors living there. This could include:
Access to a swimming pool or fitness center On-site salons or barbershops Restaurants Golf course Dog parks and walking trails Access to massage therapists, dentists, and podiatrists
Just like it’s important that your new home and new community fits your lifestyle, you want the surrounding neighborhood to match your desire too. If you like to walk to places, make sure the neighborhood is pedestrian friendly. If you drive, make sure that it’s close to roads and highways that will get you to where you want to go. Perhaps you want a quieter neighborhood as opposed to a busy metropolitan area or maybe you need a large yard and nearby parks for pets and grandkids. All of these factors are things to consider when finding your new home.
You also need to consider the future of your health and what you want as you age. Do you hate moving? Find a place that can grow and adapt to your needs, as you get older. Many 55+ communities will offer a continuum of care meaning they will transition you to different apartments and provide health care as needed.
If you’re only looking for a place to enjoy your retirement, not get health care as you age you might want to focus on communities that offer more independent-style living. Often you can have your own home and come and go as you please.
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