Making the move out of your home and into seniors’ housing is a big move.  You may be moving into a more convenient and manageable space, but you aren’t just leaving a house behind you, you are leaving your home behind you, too—a home that is familiar to you; a home that feels like home.

You can take all of your memories with you, and you can take the things with you that will quickly make your new seniors’ home feel homey, too, but there are a few things you might want to consider looking for when it comes down to choosing the right seniors’ home for you.

1) Accessibility

Some people choose to buy or rent seniors’ housing because they are already experiencing some mobility issues (with stairs, etc.) while others simply want to sluff off some of that excess expense so they can do a bit more traveling.  Either way, it is important to consider mobility concerns—either immediate or future.  Ensuring there is stairless or ramp access is important.  A house that offers everything on one floor can be helpful in preventing falls.  You may also want to ensure hallways are adequately wide, and that bathrooms are accessible.

2) Rent or buy?

There are a lot of benefits to renting seniors’ housing, but if that isn’t your style, then you will want to ensure you have other options, too.

3) Is it pet friendly?

You don’t want your housing to stand between you and your furry (or feathery…or scaly) companions.  Make sure your seniors’ housing options are pet friendly so you can incorporate all of your loved ones into your new home with you.

4) Don’t forego your own sense of style.

Just because you are switching to seniors’ housing doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any of your style.  Be selective about the space you choose so you can be sure that it incorporates everything that is important to you.  Whether you want an extra bedroom, a sun room, yard space, or a garage, you should be able to find seniors’ housing options that meet all of your needs.

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Listing information last updated on June 5th, 2023 at 7:31am CDT.