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Laredo 55+ Communities

While growing older isn’t usually seen as a positive development in most people’s lives, there are some perks that come with advancing age. Laredo seniors will have left the hustle and bustle of work behind them. The all-consuming process of child-rearing is long over along with school-runs, bake sales, and tuition worries.  Laredo seniors can enjoy spending time with grandkids.

Unfortunately, there are downsides to aging that can be challenging.  Aging makes us less capable of performing strenuous home maintenance jobs, and routine chores.  Few people over age 55 want to go up on the roof to replace lost shingles!

Laredo 55+ communities can make your golden years much more enjoyable. An assisted living facility will offer Laredo seniors fun amenities and relief from household chores and worries.  

Laredo is home to almost 10 high-quality assisted living communities where seniors can relax and focus on making the most of their retirement.

What Does a 55+ Community Cost in Laredo?

The average cost of assisted living care in the state of Texas in 2014 was $3,523, with Laredo falling close to that with an average monthly cost of about $3400 per month.  While these rates are somewhat higher than the cost of a comparable apartment in an age inclusive community, you are receiving many senior-related services and amenities that you won’t find anywhere but a 55+ community.

Of course, the actual monthly rent will be determined by factors like:

The square footage of the apartment

Amenities that the community offers

Where the 55+ community is located

Depending on the choice you make, you can end up paying much more or much less than the median monthly cost for the state.

How You Can Pay For Laredo Assisted Living

It’s safe to assume that you’ll be paying the cost of assisted living out of your pocket, but there are ways to make senior residence community living an affordable option.  

The family home is frequently one of the most valuable assets that Texas seniors own; selling it can often provide enough money to enjoy assisted living for years to come.  If you don’t mind the responsibilities that come with being a landlord, then renting your home can provide a steady source of supplemental income that will help make assisted living an affordable option for you.

Keep in mind that Medicaid, long-term care insurance, and programs like the VA Aid and Attendance pension for independent living will only help with the cost of care in your home. These benefits won’t help healthy and independent seniors cover basic living expenses.

For some seniors, a good option is finding a roommate to split the costs with.  Frequently, two seniors can live cheaper in a 2 bedroom.

Things to Look For in a 55+ Community

What you want to look out for in a 55+ community depends entirely on your personal preferences. For example, you may want to bring your pets with you and need to find a community that is pet-friendly for the kind of animal you own.

Location is an important consideration for many Laredo seniors.  Do you need to be near your extended family? Many seniors may want to reside closer to downtown for convenient access to local dining and entertainment.

What type of community will you be most comfortable in?  Each 55+ community has its own culture and social life, ensure that the one you choose matches your preferences.

Finally, each residence community has its own amenities and special services.  Do you need access to a pool?  Maybe a well-equipped game room and community center is what you crave?  Speak to friends, relatives, people who currently reside in 55+ communities, and learn the ins and outs of Laredo senior residents living to make the best choice in the end.

First Focus on the Basics

The first consideration you need to look at is basic living requirements in your prospective senior residence community.  Ask about the things that just about everyone finds essential to comfortable daily living:

What utilities are included with the rent, if any?

Is there regular group transportation to local destinations like the mall, dining, or recreation areas? Is it included in the rent?

What meals are included and is the menu/quality to your liking?

Security is always a critical factor in any residential community. Find out about security measures like guards, alarms, or visitor sign-in, etc.

Extra Amenities

The best part about moving into a senior residential community is the access to amenities that you didn’t enjoy living in your old home.  Many retirement communities offer easy, on-site access to fantastic services.  

Many senior communities offer well-equipped gyms and exercise classes to make your golden years as healthy as possible.  Some communities will have barber shops, and beauty parlors included as part of the offerings in the community.

Some perks are almost mandatory when you live in the great state of Texas; covered parking and air conditioning are two things you may want to see in your new home.

The Area around Your New Home

The neighborhood you move to is critical to your happiness in your new home.  What would you like to have nearby?  Do you want to enjoy the bucolic surroundings in a suburban located residence?  Do you want to be in the middle of everything close to the center of town?

What Comes Next?

While worrying about the future may not seem like an important concern as you enter old age, there are important things that you need to consider as the year's pass.

If you’re adventurous and don’t mind having to relocate every few years, a community that provides for a more independent lifestyle may want to move into a place like Brightstar of Laredo where a healthy senior can enjoy the benefits of an assisted living community without paying for many services they won’t use.

If you’re planning on living in a 55+ community for the long-haul, you’ll want to choose a place where you can age in place.  You need a community where you know you’ll receive the help you need as you become more dependent on age.  Take a look at places like Regent Care Center of Laredo.

Of course, if you already need many health and daily living assistance services going into a senior community, you’ll want to check out 55+ communities like Eastern Star Hospital in Laredo.

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