Ever since the start of the Baby Boom in 1946 everyone knew there would come a time when those Baby Boomers (now estimated at 79 million) would retire. That time has come as about 8,000 baby boomers reach the age 65 every day. Someone you love is almost certainly nearing or at a stage of life when a retirement community may be an appropriate next step.
What retirement looks like has changed drastically over the past 30 years, and no doubt it will continue to change as the retirement industry evolves to meet the new demands.
Increased life expectancy and rising expectations of active retirement mean that we don’t have many role models for this new stage. Our parents and grandparents mostly lived alone or moved in with family members as they aged, unless health issues required them to move to a nursing home. The ability to plan for a different type of retirement that combines independence with safety and support is a relatively new option for most people.
Choice is a good thing, but it can also be overwhelming. Many people simply do not know the questions to ask or the key factors to consider when choosing a retirement community.
To help you through the decision-making process, Daystar Retirement Village has created an e-book with tips on how to choose the perfect retirement community for yourself or a loved one.
For some people, the biggest hurdle to finding a good fit in a retirement community is making the decision to move. Understandably, seniors often fear that a move will limit their independence and signals an inability to care for themselves. In truth, the decision to move to assisted living can be a sign that your elderly loved one is taking responsibility for ensuring they’ll get the services they need as they age.
Accurate information is critical to allaying fears and helping seniors move forward with confidence. This ebook will provide you with multiple ways to begin the conversation about retirement communities and how to find a good fit.
If you or a loved one is just starting to investigate assisted living or retirement communities, a good place to start is online. Often the quality of a website will give you a good idea of a facility’s priorities and professionalism.
The most important part though, and the part in which you will gather the most information, is the interview phase. This e-book will provide you with questions to ask and things to look when you visit a facility and talk with staff and other residents.
To get this free e-book, simply click here.