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February 23, 2018

Choosing a retirement community? If so, ask the right questions

Moving to a retirement community is a major life decision, with many lifestyle and financial implications. So, prospective residents should ask communities a lot of questions before deciding on the one that’s right for them.

Just as people are different, with individual needs, likes and dislikes, so are retirement communities, offering a range of services in a variety of settings. The key is to find your match!

10 questions to ask a retirement community before deciding to move there

We can help by suggesting a few questions to ask the team of any retirement communities that you are considering:

1. What levels of care are offered, and what are the costs for each?
2. Is there a buy-in fee?
3. What health care services are provided?
4. Are nurses scheduled to be onsite 24/7?
5. Can we see several floor plans? (Be sure to visit the apartments, too.)
6. May couples with different care needs live together?
7. May I bring my car? What transportation is provided?
8. Can we see dining menus? (Be sure to eat there once or twice to see.)
9. What social activities are offered?
10. Are pets allowed? (They often are today.)

You might also want to check out our recent blog post and tip sheet on “what to look for in a retirement community” and ask for our 20-page  guide, “Navigating the Maze of Senior Living Options.”

Choosing a retirement community in Pennsylvania or Maryland?

Retirees generally want to remain close to where they have been living. Finding a retirement home “near me” can allow continued involvement in local activities that are important to them.Plus, staying closely connected with family and friends can help seniors’ emotional and mental health and quality of life.

Seniors residing in or near Pennsylvania and Maryland have a multitude of retirement homes from which to choose, including 10 Country Meadows locations in Pennsylvania (South Hills of Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, York-South, York-West, Hershey, Lancaster, Wyomissing, Allentown, Bethlehem and Forks Township in Easton) and one in Frederick, Maryland.

Country Meadows’ attractive accommodations on vibrant campuses offer seniors security, comfort and retirement community activities to engage the mind, body and spirit. Each community is a short drive or walk to area restaurants, shopping destinations, cultural events and places of worship.

Our senior living options include independent living communities, assisted living and personal care homes, memory support services and restorative care. In addition, for those living in the Lehigh Valley and looking for a nursing home near you, our campus in Bethlehem offers skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation.

If you’re interested in a Pennsylvania or Maryland retirement home, we invite you to ask about our senior apartments at any of our Country Meadows communities. If you’re wondering what the cost might be compared to your current living expenses, check out our helpful financial tool to find out.

Please contact us to learn more about Country Meadows and schedule a visit to one or more of our senior living communities.


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2 thoughts on “Choosing a retirement community? If so, ask the right questions”

  1. Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    It’s good to learn about finding a senior living facility. I like how you said that it’s important to find a place with nurse care when you may need it. My mom is still pretty young, for a retired person, but I’d feel better if she had care, just in case.

    1. Country Meadows says:

      Mr. Fitzgerald, we hope this information was helpful. Let us know if we can help in any other way in researching for options for your mother.

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