When Is It Time To Consider a Retirement Community?

Thinking about retirement options?

A shared sentiment among our residents is a wish to have embraced senior living much earlier. With this commonality appearing more and more often, we thought it warranted a blog post to explain why so many feel this way. 

Are you beginning to research, tour, or just explore your retirement community options? You may think you (or your parents) are a few years away from needing to move into either independent living or an assisted living home. If so, here are five things to consider. 

Couch in living room at Mennonite Village
  1. The Waitlist 

If you feel making the move to a retirement community is just a few years away, it is crucial to consider how long the waitlist could be. For our Independent Living options, the time between reserving your spot and actually moving in can be months or even years – depending on availability and your desired living accommodations. For our Assisted Living options, this time tends to be shorter, however you do not want to wait until there is an incident creating an urgent decision.

Elderly couple reading a book at Mennonite Village Independent Living
  1. Your Age 

The average age for those moving into independent living homes is around 75 years. Yet, many of our residents have confessed they wish they had made the move much sooner, granting them an extra decade of enjoyment and community living. We understand that you or your parents have spent a lifetime saving and preparing for the future – that future is here now. 

Independent Living Home at Mennonite Village
  1. Home Maintenance 

Having your own home is part of the American dream. However, continuing to care for and maintain your home can become increasingly difficult as time passes. This often results in hiring external services to continue maintaining your home, with extra surprise expenses you may not have planned for. At Mennonite Village, residents don’t worry about home maintenance.  Not to mention we have over 200 acres of land to explore in your free time as well as a variety of wellness options and community activities open to our residents.

Senior living community at Mennonite Village
  1. Community 

Another factor to consider is how involved you would like to be in your local community, especially if getting around is difficult. Our campus is designed to be highly accessible, and we strive to maintain a slate of activities for all of our residents, building a strong and involved community.

Beyond this, several of our residents have organized their own group activities. Knitting together, video production, creative arts, bingo, woodworking – the possibilities are endless!

Aerial view of Mennonite Village grounds and lake
  1. The Cost 

In uncertain  times, we understand cost is a huge factor when it comes to considering retirement options. But if you see yourself living in some form of retirement community in the near future, reserving your spot today may be the best financial choice for a few reasons:

First, it secures yourself a spot at the home of your choice and ideally matches with when you would like to be moving in. This allows you to plan accordingly for your home and a lifetime of memories and possessions, as well as begin the process emotionally and mentally preparing for this kind of move. 

Senior woman looking at photographs on desk

Additionally, if you are on a waitlist, we will keep you up to date on availability as well as what the cost will look like when you move in, allowing you to more accurately plan your finances for how you would like to spend your final years. 

Last, the investment in senior living extends beyond finances; it’s an investment in quality of life, well-being, and the opportunity to make the most of your retirement years. It’s about being part of a community, engaging in activities, and having access to amenities that support a vibrant lifestyle.

We know this isn’t merely a change of residence; it’s leaving behind a home filled with memories, downsizing possessions, and adapting to a new social setting. It is our hope to help you navigate the decision-making process with a clearer perspective.

As the contemplation of moving into a retirement community unfolds, the sentiments overheard from residents resonates deeply: “We wish we would have made this move earlier.” Don’t wait, make a smart move for your future. Explore options for your loved ones, and embrace the opportunities that retirement communities offer. The future is now, you’ve worked hard, and deserve to enjoy life to the fullest.

Mennonite Village is a non profit, continuing care retirement community. For more than 75 years, Mennonite Village has offered a full spectrum of quality retirement living in Oregon. Come visit Mennonite Village and tour our options for Independent living and assisted living in Albany, Oregon. As a not-for-profit community, Mennonite Village invests more resources in care and wellness for the residents who call our campus home.

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