A senior woman grabs her husbands arm as they walk hand in hand outside at summertime laughing and smiling

There’s something to be said for the 55+ community lifestyle a neighborhood full of active people at the same life stage enjoying amenities like a pool, golf course, tennis courts and fitness center. But there can come a point when you realize that — although the perks of a 55+ community still have appeal — you want something more. Here are some common signs you’re ready to move from your 55+ community to a luxury senior living community.

You’re Ready for Worry-Free Living

In a 55+ community, a homeowner’s association (HOA) typically takes care of exterior home maintenance and the upkeep of amenities, such as the community’s pool and tennis courts. But residents are responsible for interior maintenance and upkeep, meaning you might still have to spend a significant amount of time or money caring for your home.

In a senior living community, housekeeping and interior maintenance are part of the package, as is exterior maintenance and the upkeep of the community’s myriad amenities. Plus, a variety of on-campus dining venues give you the option to spend less time preparing meals while still enjoying delicious, healthy dining close to home.

Homeownership Has Lost Its Luster

Despite being considered a cornerstone of the American dream, homeownership comes with costs and responsibilities that don’t always suit retirees. In a 55+ community, where residents own their homes, rising property taxes can take an unexpected bite out of your retirement income. And you might not relish the thought of saddling your children with the responsibility of selling your home should a health setback make it difficult for you to act on your own behalf.

In a luxury senior living community, your monthly service fee includes the cost of your home, most utilities, your meal plan, housekeeping and other services, plus the many resort-style amenities available.

You Want More Amenities and Services

You may foresee a time when your knees protest at the very thought of playing tennis. Sure, you can still enjoy the pool in your 55+ community and you like your neighbors, but if your pleasure in some of the perks of your 55+ community dwindles, you may wish you had a greater variety of amenities and services to choose from.

Upscale retirement communities are brimming with opportunities to be active. If tennis is hard on your knees, you can work with a trainer to find other strength-building exercises that suit you. And it’s not only fitness opportunities that abound in senior living communities. You can participate in lifelong learning classes, enjoy cultural events, and get creative in the art studio or woodworking shop. Or maybe pickleball is your speed.

Access to Healthcare Services Is a Priority

You may be on the go all the time, but chances are good that at some point a health setback will require that you seek a higher level of care. In fact, a person turning 65 today has a 70% chance of eventually needing some type of long-term care, such as Assisted Living, Short-term Rehabilitation, Memory Care or Skilled Nursing Care. Higher levels of care aren’t typically available in 55+ communities, so if you or your spouse needs more care, you’d likely have to seek those services outside the community.  

On the other hand, senior living communities often have higher levels of care on the same campus, so you can access the services you need without having to move. Retirement communities that are also Life Plan Communities offer an added advantage: a continuum of care in the same community at a predictable cost. And if at any point you and your spouse need different levels of care, your needs can be accommodated within the same community.

Learn More About Independent Living at Fellowship Village

Fellowship Village is an upscale retirement community in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Among the amenities and services on our beautiful 72-acre wooded campus, you’ll find a state-of-the-art fitness center, a variety of dining venues, a greenhouse, library, theater, pickleball court and heated, indoor pool.

Plus, we’re a Life Plan Community! How do Life Plan Communities work? Should the need arise, residents in Independent Living can access higher levels of care — including Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing — at a predictable cost below market rates, one that won’t change significantly over time. A Life Plan Community is a savvy option if you want an active lifestyle now and a plan for dealing with future health issues.

Contact us to find out more about Independent Living at Fellowship Village or to schedule a visit.