The new year is a perfect time to evaluate your current living situation and look ahead to the future. For those considering where to spend their retirement years, there are many important factors to consider. This includes asking yourself how you want to spend your retirement and what services, amenities and health and wellness options are most important to you in a senior living community like The Stayton.
How Do You Want to Spend Your Retirement?
Retirement is a time to celebrate and embrace your passions. Yet as you evaluate your living options, there are many practical considerations to take into account. Here are some important ones to consider.
- Location. Is it important to you to be close to family or friends? Do you prefer a warmer or cooler climate? Are you seeking a cozy, quiet retreat or a community with easy access to big city shopping, dining and entertainment?
- Finances. What can you comfortably afford? It’s important to understand the fee structure, what’s included versus what isn’t, and any tax benefits of the various contract types.
- Care needs. One of the most important factors to consider in retirement is your future care needs. While you may be in excellent health now, most of us will experience a change in our care needs as we age. How important is it to you to have increased levels of care conveniently located within your community?
The Benefits of a Senior Living Community
Community living comes with numerous benefits, including social opportunities, a reduction in maintenance concerns and costs, transportation options and access to numerous health services.
Increased Social Opportunities
One of the most common issues faced by older adults is social isolation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, loneliness in adults 50 and older leads to a significantly increased risk of health conditions such as heart attack and stroke. With community living, you’re surrounded by a network of like-minded individuals who share your same interests and passions. Opportunities for socializing abound.
One of the most challenging aspects of home ownership is maintenance. Most senior living communities offer both grounds and in-residence maintenance, with staff available around the clock. Maintenance costs are generally included in your monthly fees, too, so you shouldn’t see unexpected maintenance bills.
Many communities offer transportation options to help you get to and from the airport, grocery stores or medical appointments. This also means that if you wish, you can hang up your keys and avoid the expense and hassle associated with having a personal vehicle to maintain.
Whether or not you need health services now, it’s vital that you consider them in the future. When you reside in a senior living community, you often have access to skilled care ranging from memory care to rehabilitation services, all on-site. You also gain access to a dedicated team of professionals that will work with you to customize a healthcare plan that meets your specific needs.
Explore Life at The Stayton
The Stayton is a sophisticated senior living community located in the heart of Fort Worth’s esteemed West 7th Cultural District. Residents enjoy high-rise living with amenities such as a fitness center and indoor pool paired with easy access to dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Come and explore our community for yourself and take in the views from our 11th-story Skyline Lounge, or attend a guest appearance from one of our partners at the Fort Worth Opera or Kimbell Art Museum.