4 Important Factors to Consider As You Evaluate New Hampshire Retirement Communities
Making the decision to move into a senior living community can be complex. The prospect of leaving your long-time home may stir emotions you didn’t realize were there, and the logistics of selling a home and moving can seem daunting.
You also may be experiencing anxiety over your choice of senior living residence: How do you know that the community will be right for you? As you evaluate New Hampshire retirement communities, consider the following factors to ensure that you make a prudent decision.
Evaluating New Hampshire retirement communities requires looking at a number of different categories of costs. The type of senior housing you’re considering will have a significant impact on the overall amount you pay. For example, there are standalone independent living residences that require a monthly rental fee but that may not give you access to higher levels of care when needed. Alternatively, independent living that is part of a continuing-care retirement community typically requires an entrance fee, along with a monthly service fee.
It’s important to understand exactly what is included in a monthly rental fee or a monthly service fee, and you should receive a detailed accounting of the community’s available, included services and amenities. You also should understand how — and how much — you’ll pay for meals and whether utilities are included in the monthly fee for your residence.
Considering where you want to live also is a key factor for your long-term satisfaction. If you have children, grandchildren and friends you want to see frequently, consider the driving or flying distance when making your choice. If you’ve lived in and prefer a certain area of New Hampshire, you may want to look at communities in that area.
Amenities and services
Different types of senior living communities offer very different levels of amenities and services. In some types of senior living accommodations, there may be very few or no services provided, and you may not have access to planned activities, meals and health care.
In contrast, a continuing-care retirement community like Havenwood Heritage Heights will provide you with a host of amenities and services, including maintenance and landscaping, transportation, activities and programming, fitness and wellness, dining, utilities and more. Consider the level of services that you will want access to as you age.
Mission, accreditation and reputation
Many continuing-care retirement communities are mission-driven and faith-based; before you move in, you’ll want to ensure that you understand the principles on which a New Hampshire retirement community was founded. In addition, choosing a fully accredited community is a wise decision. Havenwood Heritage Heights has earned accreditation from the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, signifying that the community complies with standards of excellence.
Knowing a community’s reputation also is important. Research online, and check with friends, neighbors, professional advisors and health care providers for their opinions on New Hampshire retirement communities you’re considering.
Evaluate communities to make the best choice for you
You may be considering a move to a New Hampshire retirement community because your home is getting to be too much work. Perhaps your adult children are becoming worried and are encouraging you to make a move. Or, you may have discovered the many benefits of living in a full-service, continuing-care retirement community. As you narrow down your choices, consider factors such as cost, location, services and mission to make the best decision for you.