Reputation, Recommendations, and Location 3 Reasons to Choose a Senior Living Community

Assisted living for seniors

Are you planning to retire in the near future? If so, were you aware that the average age of retirement is currently 63? Whether you’re younger or older than this when you retire, you may be searching for a senior living community.

Senior communities, or senior assisted living facilities, have multiple benefits. If you have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure, for example, you may be interested to know that this condition can be monitored when living in a senior assisted living community.

Over 75% of the residents that live within these communities have a minimum of 2 out of the 10 most common chronic conditions. This includes Alzheimer’s and other dementias along with high blood pressure.

It’s interesting to note that a recent Money survey showed that 48% of retirees are happier than they had anticipated. Good health accounted for 81% of the participants’ reasons for being happy. In addition to experiencing good health, survey participants voiced that being engaged in 3 or more regular activities was also an essential ingredient for a happy retirement. Retirees that reported they weren’t as happy were only engaged in 1 or 2 regular activities.

When searching for the right residential community, you may want to look at several before making a final decision. Since you want to remain active, you want to find a retirement community that offers opportunities for socializing. You may also want to locate one that offers a wide selection of activities such as exercise and art classes. .

A 2012 National Research survey focused on customer satisfaction. Approximately 60% of the participants visited 2 or more communities before finding their new home.

The main reasons these retirees chose their communities, according to the 2012 National Research survey, were reputation, recommendations, and location. It was found that 44% of the survey participants indicated that reputation and recommendations from friends were their primary reasons. Other participants, or 40%, indicated that the location was a primary choice.

Were you aware that approximately 1 million people in the United States currently live in senior living communities. While there are various types, including assisted living facilities, by 2030, the number of seniors living in these communities is expected to double.

Even though you may not need assistance with daily living activities, such as bathing and dressing, you may be interested to know that nearly 4 out of 10 residents within these facilities are receiving assistance with these and other day-to-day activities.

Holleran Consulting LLC presented information on customer satisfaction at a 2013 conference. Their data was gathered from 57,900 participants that lived in 265 senior living communities located in 36 states. It was found that 89.3% of these independent living residents rated their satisfaction as good or excellent. Furthermore, 84.5% of these residents indicated that they would recommend their community to others.

When exploring options for assisted living facilities, it’s important to consider what constitutes a happy retirement situation for you. If you have received recommendations from friends or family members, you may want to consider those communities first. When you have family or friends already living in these facilities or close by, this may assist you with choosing a retirement community that feels like home.