Sep 26, 2011 at 3:13 AM
Have you considered what services you would like to have in your senior living arrangement? If not, start making a list.
It is important to consider the services that you want, along with the ones that you may need. As you get older, there are many things that may be more difficult. Many seniors struggle with worsening eyesight. There may come a time when driving is no longer an option for you. The question then becomes would you rather living in retirement communities where everything is fairly self contained and you do not need to drive, or would you rather live in senior apartments in an urban setting where public transportation can help you get where ever you would like to go? Seriously consider both options before making a final decision.
Cost may be a determining factor in helping you decide which setting you would prefer. Often, property values are inflated in urban areas, with more rural areas offering more space for less money. Normal living costs must be paid out of pocket, since there are no health considerations that go with renting apartments. The cost for senior apartments or retirement communities will be directly related to the area in which they are located. More expensive neighborhoods will be more expensive for senior living.
Retirement communities are more common in the suburbs or rural areas, while senior apartments are common in the city. Decide whether or not you would rather have more space or more access to entertainment and start looking at properties accordingly. There are many listing services that can help you find local properties for seniors.