When seniors are deciding which retirement community to move to, one of the most important choices they need to make is the type of senior housing they want. Many seniors have lived in a traditional home their whole life, but they want something more affordable or more suitable to their current lifestyle. Seniors need to find the best type of housing to meet their needs. Before you look at housing, you need to decide what is most important to you. You need to ask yourself some questions such as:
- What is my price range?
- How much space do I need?
- Do I want outdoor space?
- How often will my family and loved ones come and visit me?
- How close do I want to be to my neighbors?
Once you understand the answers to these questions, you will understand what you really want. You can also discuss these factors with all of the retirement communities that you are looking considering. Senior housing is made to meet the basic needs of most seniors that want to enjoy retirement.
3 Types of Senior Housing
There are actually many different types of senior housing, but we are just going to cover 3 of the most popular options: apartments, condominiums, and manufactured homes.
1. Senior Apartments
Many seniors really enjoy living in large apartment houses with other seniors. It is a great option for older singles that do not need as much space. However, couples can be quite comfortable in apartments as well.
Pros: closer to neighbors, easier to get around in smaller spaces, usually considered the least expensive option
Cons: Some apartments have stairs, not enough space to invite family, lack of outdoor space
2. Senior Condominiums
Condominiums offer a larger amount of space. It is a great option for older couples. Also, it is much easier to welcome visitors into your home. It is important to note that many condominiums have stairs, so if you are beginning to struggle with mobility, this may not be the best option.
Pros: more space, feels more like a house, more outdoor space as well
Cons: May have stairs, may be more difficult to navigate through rooms, more expensive than the other options
3. Senior Manufactured Homes
We feel that manufactured homes are the best option for most seniors. They are convenient for their needs and offer the perfect amount of space. Since manufactured homes are always 1 story, you never need to worry about dealing with stairs.
Pros: Affordable, plenty of space, close to neighbors, lots of outdoor space
While we do feel that manufactured homes are the best option for senior housing, there are a number of factors that you need to consider. You also need to think about if the retirement community suits your needs. There are many different types of retirement communities, and it’s important to find the best community that works with your lifestyle. Location for your retirement community is an important choice as well. Florida is a great option for seniors that are looking to escape from harsh winters.