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Signs It’s Time to Leave That 55+ Community Behind

When your nest is empty and your big house becomes more of a burden, it’s natural to consider making a change. Most active people in their 50s and 60s still see themselves as young and vital and not ready for “senior living.” They discover that 55+ communities can provide a transitional step toward worry-free living, letting them take advantage of the extra time they now have in retirement. There’s some truth to that, but the operative word here is transitional. 55+ communities are a short-term fix at best. Let’s clarify what 55+ communities are, what they can and cannot accomplish for you, and how to recognize when it’s time to leave your 55+ community behind.

What is a 55+ community?

Also known as active adult communities, these residential neighborhoods are real estate developments for adults ages 55 and older wishing to downsize and lead a low-maintenance lifestyle among people in their own age group. Residents do find independence and a range of amenities to enjoy. Some on-site features may include a swimming pool, fitness center, tennis court, walking trail or similar amenities. But residents often pay additional fees for garbage collection, maintenance of shared spaces, security, utilities, internet service, and cable or satellite TV. Homeowners in such communities are also responsible for real estate taxes and insurance, as well as homeowners association fees. Not surprisingly, HOA rules at some 55+ communities can be restrictive.

Are you seeing signs it’s time to move out?

You may soon find that not quite everything you were hoping for from a 55+ community is part of the experience. Some of the early signs include:

· I’m tired of paying extra for services and perks I feel should be included.
· If the lifestyle is billed as maintenance-free, it should include interior services, too.
· I want real dining services that encompass multiple venues and flexible options.
· I don’t want another property to sell later that could be difficult to unload.
· I don’t want my family to be burdened in any way, or to worry about my welfare.

The one sign you can’t ignore.

Typically, 55+ communities are independent living only. If they offer care services at all, they’re probably not on-site. If you or your spouse requires a rehab stay after surgery or an illness, or any form of long-term residential care like assisted living, you’ll have to separate during one partner’s convalescence. Or you may need to hire an in-home healthcare services provider, or move to a different community, possibly in a different town, to receive the short- or long-term care services you need.

This can be a significant disadvantage for anyone wishing to stay in one community throughout retirement, and for couples wishing to live together in the same community, even if their needs change at different times. Staying in one community as you age means more than maintaining independence. It means feeling safe, secure, comfortable, and familiar with your surroundings and the people you’ve come to know — friends, neighbors, community staff members, and healthcare providers. Which living option lets you age in place without sacrificing these qualities?

Enter Aberdeen Ridge.

Aberdeen Ridge combines an active independent living lifestyle with a continuum of care all in one place. We offer extensive services and amenities — beyond what you’ll find at most 55+ communities. This includes a heated indoor pool, fitness center, creative arts center, library and resource center, beauty salon and barbershop, and many more amenities. The community has a coffee shop and bistro, as well as flexible dining services with chef-prepared meals daily. Housekeeping and flat linen service, maintenance of all residences and grounds, scheduled transportation, and many other services are included. Planned social activities, casual get-togethers, classes, trips, discussion groups and more — Aberdeen Ridge makes it easy for you to stay as active as you like.

Independent living at Aberdeen Ridge is perfect for continuing to live life as you do now without the concerns of maintaining a house, plus the assurance of future care, if you need it. Our Unique Health Care Benefit is a plan for your future and offers peace of mind for your family. If you ever need assisted living or memory care, these services are provided on-site at a predictable monthly rate. By choosing Aberdeen Ridge, you’ll be set for life.

Come for an up-close look at senior living with a different view at Aberdeen Ridge. Spectacular mountain and cityscape views, fine dining, and lots of amenities and perks all wrapped up in one easy-to-understand, easy-to-manage payment. Just call 719-286-3014 or contact us online.