Checklist: Signs You Found the Right Retirement Community

Ask a room full of seniors what makes for the perfect retirement community and you’re likely to get as many answers as there are people.

Some prioritize their personal living space while others value community amenities over everything else. Some care most about the location and being close to loved ones, while others just want to know they can bring a beloved pet along.


What Makes a Community Right for You?

Choosing your retirement home is a highly personal decision, and often it’s the sum of the parts that tell you you’re making the right choice. Here are some signs you may be on the right track:

You love the location.

A community’s proximity to a certain dot on the map could be all it takes to bump it to the top of your list. You may be eager to spend your retirement near your children and grandchildren or close to friends who you look forward to seeing more often in retirement.

On the other hand, your preferences may have more to do with geography. For example, if a waterfront retirement is your dream, you may be intrigued by communities like The Atrium at Navesink Harbor and The Moorings at Lewes, both of which are located minutes from the shore. If lifelong learning is important, a community like Stonebridge at Montgomery near prestigious Princeton University may have special appeal, while those who delight in the action and excitement of the big city appreciate communities like Winchester Gardens, located within an easy commute to the Big Apple.

You feel at home walking the grounds.

It’s natural to focus on practical features like living options and services when you’re considering a retirement community, but the surrounding neighborhood factors heavily into your satisfaction, too. After all, your home’s appearance is a source of personal pride.

What’s more, when you have access to an inviting neighborhood, you’re more likely to engage in the community and enjoy getting exercise while strolling the grounds. Some communities even boast notable features, like the beautiful arboretum at Meadow Lakes or the park-like landscaping at Winchester Gardens (there’s a special reason it shares some similarities with the famed Central Park!).

You’re able to pursue personal interests.

Living in a retirement community gives you the opportunity to fill your days with meaningful and enriching activities. Springpoint communities offer myriad resort-like amenities that make it easy to maintain a favorite pastime or discover a new hobby. You can find an array of stimulating and interactive experiences like gardening areas, arts and craft studios, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes, well-stocked libraries, woodworking shops, butterfly gardens, stained glass studios, and more.

Your pet is a welcome addition.

Pets are family, and leaving a family member behind when you make your move to a retirement community is unthinkable for a pet lover. What’s more, there’s a wealth of research that supports the health benefits of pet ownership for seniors. Our pet-friendly senior living communities make it easy for pet parents to continue caring for their four-legged friends with convenient amenities like walking trails and dog parks.

You’re excited about a better quality of life.

Moving to a retirement community is often a step toward a greater quality of life, thanks to perks like freedom from household chores and the opportunity to enjoy chef-prepared meals on a daily basis. If you’re missing companionship, you may also be looking forward to more social interaction and the chance to create new friendships. In addition, if you choose a Life Plan Community, you have peace of mind that comes from knowing you can get extra support if your healthcare needs change over time.


Make Yourself Right at Home

Ultimately, finding the perfect fit may come down to a gut feeling—a sense of peace that tells you you’ve found the place you want to call home. Make plans to visit our senior living communities across Delaware and New Jersey and discover which retirement community makes you feel right at home.

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