So, you are thinking of choosing a retirement community? With so many choses it can be easy to become overwhelmed. Although it is a big decision it does not have to be hard decision to make.
Here are a couple of things to consider. First what type of community do you need? Independent, assisted, memory care or even a nursing center? In the long run you will find a better fit if you are honest with yourself on how much help you may need. Do you need just a little bit of help with daily activities, then consider assisted living? Many communities have one or more levels of care. Ridgecrest has all levels of care and is referred to as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Are you a single person or a couple? This may impact the decision as couples age they may need different levels of care at the same time. Having everything on one campus is convenient and keeps everyone one close and convenient.
Another thing to consider is location. Do you have family nearby? Will it be convenient for them to visit? Is the community close to shopping and conveniences? Is there transportation provided?
Finally, Consider lifestyle, and experiences. Is there something that offers an enrichment for you? Maybe you like gardening, woodworking, or technology, or maybe you have dreams of learning to paint. Find a place that will allow you to pursue your passions.
Visit multiple places and trust your heart on which one is the correct fit for you. Once you decide and move in it is time to heed the saying “Bloom where you are planted” and embrace your choice and your new home.
Ridgecrest Village Retirement Community is a non-profit CCRC and is located at 4130 Northwest Blvd, Davenport. (563) 391-3430 – www.ridgecrestvillage.org