What To Expect When Moving To A Senior Apartment Community

Are you wondering what to expect when moving to a senior apartment community for the first time? Here is some insight:

Specialty Features

Senior apartment communities are well known for the special features that they tend to offer. Every community is different in terms of features, but most offer a wide variety of different options. For instance, most senior apartment communities feature walk-in showers with wall handles for stability and safety. Walking paths that are easy to traverse for recreation is another popular feature many communities offer. Other features designed specifically for seniors that you may find at the community you choose to live at could include:

  • Shallow Swimming Pools
  • Yoga and Wellness Centers
  • Hobby Centers
  • Libraries Complete with Computers
  • Community Dining Centers
  • Television and Game Rooms

Ask for a complete list of special features that are offered at the senior apartment communities you are considering moving to so you can compare the lists side-by-side and determine which community offers the most features that you will personally utilize as time goes on. You may find that the community offering the least number of features caters to your personal needs and expectations the best. On the other hand, you may find a community that has lots of features you don't even know you want until you learn about them.

Structured Activities

In addition to features that can be utilized on your own, senior apartment communities typically offer a variety of structured activities to participate in regularly throughout the year. These activities are designed to provide exercise (whether for the body or brain) and socialization, as well as to encourage the learning of new skills. Here are some structured activities to look for when choosing a senior apartment community to move to:

  • Water Aerobics
  • Knitting Classes
  • Movie Nights
  • Bereavement Counseling
  • Wii Sports Groups
  • Book Clubs
  • Art Classes
  • Walking Clubs
  • Cooking Classes

Some communities focus more on physical fitness, while others focus on social and emotional health. However, any community you consider moving to should offer a variety of activities to take advantage of that will help keep you healthy and happy both in the physical and mental sense.

Onsite Service Offerings

Another thing to expect when moving to a senior apartment community is onsite service offerings that are not typically found in an apartment community designed for the general population. Some services you may have access to are:

  • Salons/Barber Shops
  • Convenience Stores
  • Pharmacies
  • 24/7 Maintenance
  • Emergency Response Teams
  • Resident Doctors
  • Pet Care Centers

These types of services make it possible to take care of personal needs without having to travel across town, which is especially important when driving becomes stressful or impossible altogether.

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