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Choosing Retirement Communities for Senior Living in Florida

Retirement communities in Florida and everywhere are designed for senior living and to meet the needs of seniors who may require some staff services, but who are functional enough to live independently.

Typical retirement living communities are made up of individual residential units, which may be houses, condos, townhomes or apartments, and are generally located for easy access to stores and medical facilities.

Guidelines for Choosing Retirement Communities for Senior Living in Florida

Consider your healthcare needs.

Senior living communities in Florida offer different levels of care, from housekeeping to live-in nursing. Your senior living community of choice should be able to provide you with healthcare services that are tailored to your individual circumstances, both now and in the future.

Determine your budget.

It’s important that you decide how much money you are able to spend before you start look for senior living communities in Florida. You will typically need to budget for recurring monthly fees, both of which will be relative to the type of residence you choose, and you may also have to pay additional fees for any extra services and amenities you opt for.

Features and Senior Living Services to Consider

Support Staff

In addition to your healthcare needs, you should also think about what other services you would like to receive from on-site staff. Your options may include things like maid service, transportation and personal shopping.

Culture

Each retirement community has its own culture, and it’s important that you find one that suits you. For example, you may prefer a formal environment, or more relaxed, casual surroundings, or you may desire a very social lifestyle or value privacy instead.

Activities

Many Florida senior living communities offer a range of activities designed to enhance retirement living. These may include sports, social gatherings, games, classes and clubs.

Facilities

Decide what type of on-site amenities you want your senior living community to have. Retirement communities may offer fitness rooms, pools, clinics, libraries, community centers, salons and more.

Visit the Facility and Take Note of the Following

Cleanliness

The communal areas, medical facilities, administrative offices and restrooms should be neat, clean and well-stocked.

Residents

Talk with current residents to see how they feel about living there.

Staff Members

The staff should be friendly, helpful, accessible and knowledgeable. There should also be an ample amount of staff members in relation to the size of the community.

Lease

Read over the lease while you are at the community and ask any questions you may have.

How they handle those who can no longer afford to pay

Although most communities run full financial screenings before approving your application, it is inevitable that some of their residents may eventually run out of money. Some communities have special fund reserves in the case of such circumstances.

 

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