What is Life in a Retirement Community Like?

Tuesday Aug 29th, 2017

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As an Accredited Senior Agent (ASA), I often get asked by mature buyers and their families, “What is life in a retirement community like?”

This is a great question and one I love answering because I find there are many preconceived notions about retirement community living.

For one, today’s retirement residences are not like those that we think of from decades ago. They are vibrant communities that offer mature buyers a fantastic lifestyle – one with many choices to suit their wants and needs.

In fact, no two retirement communities are alike – all offer different amenities, activities, dining options and suites. That’s why it’s important to research all available options to find a community that meets your preferences, budget and care needs.

In terms of living arrangements, retirement communities offer residents private suites with the ability to come and go as they please. Some are equipped with a full kitchen, while others offer kitchenettes for snacks and light meals. Weekly housekeeping is often available and more frequent cleaning and laundry services may also be provided.

Just like any other house, you can furnish your own space with your furniture and treasured belongings, and even host guests. Common areas are also available for your use and enjoyment. Most communities offer a lounge, library, hobby room, fitness area, billiards, garden or sunroom. These are great areas to spend some time getting to know your neighbours.

And, speaking of neighbours, one of the greatest ways to be a part of your community is by participating in social and recreational activities. Many retirement communities offer walking clubs, fitness activities, special guests or lectures, movie nights, holiday events, game nights, gardening clubs, cooking sessions and many more varied activities hosted by the on-site recreation coordinators.

Meals are conveniently served in a central dining room with delicious menus offered throughout the day. Many retirement communities also have a liquor license, which allows you to enjoy wine with dinner or cocktails at other events. When attending a tour, I recommend that all of my buyers stay for a meal to get an idea of the type of food available.

Many retirement communities are also centrally located near shops, restaurants, cafes and other amenities, which allows you to continue your full lifestyle outside of your new home.  

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With so many options to choose from, there is a retirement community out there to fit your preferences, budget and care needs. Working with an Accredited Senior Agent (ASA), like myself, can help you hone in on the communities that suit your lifestyle best.

For more information on retirement communities in Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area, please feel free to contact me to discuss your options. I love nothing more than working with mature buyers to help them achieve a fantastic lifestyle!


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