Choosing the Right Senior Living Community

Posted on February 28, 2022

Finding the best location for a senior living community, one that meets your needs now and will continue to do so in the future, can be a challenging proposition. Even with help from friends and family, 

There are many senior living communities available in your state or city, so don't limit yourself to what's available there. Relocating somewhere else might be an option as well. 

Find out more about five things to take into account when choosing the community for you.

Five Factors To Consider When Looking into a Community

The Tax Incentives
Depending on where you live, you may be able to take advantage of tax incentives. You need to consider the tax rate on Social Security benefits, pensions, IRAs, and 401(k)s, in addition to the cost of living. Each state treats these differently, and you might want to look into that before you decide where you'd like to live. 

Cost-effectiveness
Living costs can vary widely from community to community. Rather than just looking for retirement communities near you, consider other parts of the state, county or city where your money may go farther. It could be that another area meets other lifestyle needs for a more affordable price. Think about cities that offer the best value for your money if you're open to most places and need to prioritize affordability above other factors.

The Levels of Care You’ll Need Down the Road
A critical decision involves choosing a community where you can age in place, with any conveniences and healthcare services available on site or close by. A Life Care Community like The Highlands at Wyomissing® offers numerous senior living options, including Residential Living (sometimes also known as Independent Living), Personal Care, Skilled Nursing, Short-Term Rehabilitation, Home Care, Physician Services and Memory Support, also called Memory Care.

Climate
You can live in a senior living community that's similar to where you currently live, or you can live somewhere totally different. The choice is yours! Take charge and find the place that will be your home now and going forward. If you enjoy nature and want to spend your retirement years exploring the outdoors, this may be a crucial consideration. Or maybe you just want a dry, sunny location to kick back. Whatever your preferences, if you have adverse health effects due to a certain kind of weather, this would also be a valid factor to consider. 

Ease and Convenience
What is deemed convenient depends completely on what you want to do most. As important as it is to be near your daily necessities, you should also be in a location that supports your preferred lifestyle. While this varies depending on the individual, if you know what you’re looking for, it makes the search that much easier.

Personalized Futures at The Highlands

The Highlands allows you to focus on creating the life of your dreams. You can enjoy a maintenance-free retirement while focusing on your most important interests with our services and amenities. We invite you to visit our beautiful community or join our Future Resident Club to get a taste of what’s to come from The Highlands at Wyomissing®.