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Finding the Right Retirement Community for You

Bethesda Health | March 12, 2015

If you are ready to begin looking for an independent retirement community in St. Louis, there are many aspects to consider. Perhaps you want to be closer to family, or your current residence doesn’t have the amenities or the sense of community you seek.

There are plenty of independent retirement communities available to you in the St. Louis area. The decision is personal, and only you know what is best for your and your loved ones. Some factors to consider when weighing your options include:

Convenient Location

As you pursue your choice of independent retirement community options, location will probably be a very important part of your decision. Perhaps the area around where you live now has been built up, resulting in more noise and traffic. Perhaps some businesses have moved away, making it more challenging to go shopping. Or perhaps you simply want to be closer to family and friends.

Whatever the reason, your current home is no longer as appealing to you as it once was. To remedy this, you may want to consider an area that is more convenient. Bethesda has senior living communities conveniently located throughout the greater St. Louis area.

Affordable Living

Cost and location often go hand-in-hand. If you find a retirement community that has the convenience you seek but is above your means, you may have to sacrifice the convenience of that “within walking distance” grocery store in favor of affordability. You deserve to live comfortably without needing to worry about whether or not you can afford the independent living community.

However, you can generally negotiate costs at independent living communities. For example, you can negotiate lower upfront fees, or simply pay them later. You’ll also find that many St. Louis retirement communities will offer additional amenities, such as transportation to doctor’s appointments. The Sales Counselor at the senior living community that you visit should be able to provide you with a variety of options.

Compatible Community Culture

A St. Louis retirement community should have a culture that is agreeable to you. While it is important to give change a chance, it might be best to find a senior living community that offers activities and amenities that fit your lifestyle and interests.

By visiting potential retirement communities, you can get a feel for the environment. If you can, sign up for activities at the community during your tour, so you can talk to the residents, ask their opinions, and get an idea of what the community is like.

Most likely, it will take more than one visit to completely decide which independent living community is right for you. Don’t settle for “good enough.” Your retirement community is your new home and should be a place where you can live comfortably and happily.

Looking for a Retirement Community in St. Louis? Make an Appointment to Tour a Bethesda Community Today.

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