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8 Services to Look for in Senior Lifestyle Communities

There’s never been a better time to retire. Adults have many opportunities available, including a wide range of activities, travel and the ability to let go of the upkeep, maintenance and costs of homeownership. Senior lifestyle communities make that possible, giving adults access to additional amenities and services that enhance their lifestyles. But choosing a community can be difficult. There are different types, such as independent living communities, that offer different services depending on location, staff and support level.

Senior lifestyle communities typically focus on services that enhance the lifestyle of active adults, including:

  • Housekeeping services
  • Transportation services
  • Emergency response systems
  • Social programs
  • Snow removal
  • Community landscaping
  • Dining
  • Concierge services

The community that’s right for you will offer services that make your retirement more enjoyable, reducing your stress and helping you focus on what’s important to you.

8 Essential Services Every Independent Living Community Should Offer

1. Housekeeping Services

One of the biggest reasons to make the move to a senior living environment is so that you don’t have the stress of everyday chores. Housekeeping and laundry services ensure you have less to worry about so you can spend your time traveling, visiting with friends or family or pursuing new hobbies.

2. Transportation Services

Typically, most modern supportive living environments will provide residents with bus, shuttle or car services that can help you get around and complete your most important errands. Of course, transportation services don’t mean you need to give up your car. They simply give you options. Drive where you want and use transportation services when you’re not in the mood to get behind the wheel. You can relax with a book while someone else takes care of the driving.

3. Emergency Response Systems

Nothing is worse than falling or hurting yourself when you’re home alone. This is one of the biggest reasons why older adults should take extra care to look for retirement communities that include emergency response systems in every residence. Typically located in restrooms or kitchens, these emergency response systems can alert medical staff and local emergency services if you or a friend are hurt while in your home.

4. Social Programs

Retirement gives you the free time to pursue your interests with friends and family. A good community will make that easier by offering a wide variety of social and cultural programs. Some common examples include:

  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Reading or book clubs
  • Game nights
  • Cooking classes
  • Off-campus excursions
  • Film events
  • Exercise and fitness classes
  • Gardening
  • Museum and gallery tours

5. Snow Removal

Living in Richmond means you enjoy four distinct seasons, including beautiful summers and fall foliage. It also means that there can be unexpected snow that requires shoveling, salting and other maintenance tasks in a private home. The best communities take care of all this for you, removing snow quickly so you can enjoy the winter months without the hard work of clearing sidewalks and driveways.

6. Community Landscaping

When you move into a senior living community that puts effort into creating a beautiful and tranquil outdoor space, you know that you’ve found the ideal retirement destination. Want to maximize the time you spend enjoying the great outdoors? Look for a senior community environment that has a variety of walking or biking trails and outdoor seating. The landscaping should also include lots of trees, flowers and other foliage to create a welcoming outdoor space for you and your friends to explore.

7. Dining

Don’t settle for anything less than an exceptional dining experience in your new home. While most supportive living programs provide their residents with three meals each day, it’s essential that you look for a community that offers healthy and varied meals that are designed to meet all of your nutritional needs. If you like to entertain regularly, you may want a community that offers both casual and upscale dining options for you to choose from.

8. Concierge Services

Having a concierge to help with requests is a major perk that you may have used (and enjoyed) when staying in hotels. Top tier independent living communities offer it as well, with the goal of making life easier and more enjoyable for residents. When looking at a community, ask what concierge services they offer. Will they make reservations at your favorite restaurant for you? Help you find a great activity for when your grandchildren visit? A good concierge can make your life significantly easier.

Visit Aspire at Carriage Hill Today

The services listed above only scratch the surface of what a luxury community can offer. Aspire at Carriage Hill offers all these services along with many others. Our goal is to support the luxury lifestyle that active adults want after they retire, and that means making your life as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Interested in learning about the many services and amenities we have available at our community? Give us a call at (804) 384-9358 or contact our friendly specialists today for more information. Be sure to schedule a tour so you can get a look at all of these features and discover a few more.

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Richmond, VA 23228
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