There’s a new kind of senior in town, and they’re not interested in the traditional notion of a retirement community. According to Forbes, in the third quarter of 2020, nearly 30 million Baby Boomers left their jobs, driven by the desire to lead a happier and more fulfilling life outside the workforce.
If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you’re part of this younger, more active cohort — interested in wellness, fitness, travel, and spending time with all generations of your family. You don’t fit the profile of someone needing senior care, nor are you looking for a sedentary vanilla lifestyle.
Consider an Active Adult Community
When downsizing from a larger home, many retired older adults choose a type of senior living known as a 55+ community. It offers residential living and an exciting setting where they can meet and socialize with people their age. Fellowship Village offers all the perks of a 55+ community with another valuable advantage: we’re a Life Plan Community. You can read more about what it means to be a Life Plan Community here.
Independent living in our community focuses on the carefree lifestyle you love. You’ll live the way you want to, but in a smaller residence more suitable for this new phase of your life, never having to worry about chores like mowing, laundry and housekeeping. Active adult communities like ours focus on wellness and activities, and feature services and amenities that give you all the advantages of lock-and-leave travel as well as fun experiences when you’re at home in the community.
What Matters When Choosing an Active Adult Community
Location. When you’re interested in a particular type of activity, such as golf, or want to live close to hiking trails, culture and recreational areas, or have access to opportunities for lifelong learning, it’s all about location. Senior Director of Sales & Marketing Nick Bottaro says Fellowship Village is a retirement community for active adults that offers the best of all worlds. “We’re a unique ‘destination community’ for many active adults. We’re close to New York City, Philadelphia and the beach.” In our community, residents enjoy the small-town charm of Basking Ridge and the beauty of the mountains, along with easy access to world-class amenities, including fine restaurants, major transportation routes and five international airports.”
Residences. Just because you’re downsizing doesn’t mean you have to live small. There should be a choice of floor plans to fit a range of budgets and lifestyles, from apartments to free-standing homes. For example, Fellowship Village offers 13 spacious floor plans ranging from 520 to over 4,000 square feet, including one- and two-bedroom apartments, villas,cottages and free-standing homes.
Lock-and-Leave Lifestyle. How easy will it be for you to simply pick up and go when you feel like it? For example, at Fellowship Village, a host of services relieve the hassle and worry of being away. A phone call puts services like your dining plan on hold, and notifies campus security to be extra-attentive about keeping your home and its belongings safe. Cold weather on the way? Fellowship Village’s security team is on top of it and will send someone around to check on your house and turn on the heat and get the faucets dripping. Fellowship also recommends a pet sitting service for residents who can’t take their animal companions with them when they travel.
Services and Amenities. When you’re researching the ideal active adult community, you may notice there are big differences in the kinds of amenities and services. It’s important to tour to see for yourself what a community offers and decide if it appeals to you.
At Fellowship Village, our luxurious amenities and services add a high standard of comfort and convenience for residents. These include five-star dining at three different venues, concierge services, a heated indoor pool, walking trails, a cultural arts center, a full roster of social activities and much more. And because we’re always looking for ways to delight our residents, with our upcoming expansion more exciting choices are on the way. They include a tapas bar and lounge, a fully equipped fitness center and art studio, and a youth-enhancing Medi-spa.
Activities. The quality and thought a community invests in its activities, classes and events is a good clue to the overall experience you’ll have for years to come. If you’re looking for more stimulating choices than bingo games and jigsaw puzzles, opt for an active adult community with a full-time activity or fitness director. At Fellowship Village, the lifestyle committee and life enrichment director ensure there’s a regular roster of wellness, entertainment and other programs. The multimillion-dollar Cultural Arts Center hosts entertainment such as professional musical theater, light opera, ballet, symphony, music performances and more. Fellowship also encourages residents to initiate and chair clubs and interest groups, so there are diverse activities that truly reflect our residents’ interests.
Stability. Do your due diligence to ensure the community you choose is financially stable and well managed. Does leadership have relevant experience in senior living, and do their values align with yours? When you tour, look for signs the community is investing in its infrastructure. Are the buildings and grounds well maintained? Are elevators, stairways, roofs and walkways in good working order? Ask other residents about the community and you’ll soon find out if there are any problems.
Moving Services. It’s a huge plus if the community you’re considering offers moving services. Selling your current home, decluttering, packing, and moving is a significant life change and Fellowship Village offers all the resources you need to navigate it. We’ll help you assess your floor plan, declutter, pack, move and unpack, saving you stress and costly mistakes. And we even pay for moving costs up to $5,000 so you can start enjoying your new lifestyle quicker.
Future Care. Why move twice? Making a smart retirement move calls for finding a community with everything you want and may ultimately need. And this includes healthcare. The Fellowship Medical Group offers a medical director and specialists on-site, so there’s no need to leave the campus for routine exams and lab work. And because we’re a Life Plan Community with a continuum of on-site care, there’s no need to uproot and move again if you ever need long-term health services.
Talk to the Experts
With a wonderful location, inspired dining and enrichment, and plentiful opportunities to socialize and make friends with people with an enthusiasm for travel and zest for living, Fellowship Village offers active adult living that’s truly unique. Nick Bottaro says, “I’ve been in this industry for over 20 years, and I’m still amazed how many residents tell me, “I wish we would have moved here sooner. There are just not many campuses that offer everything that Fellowship Village does.”
Learn more. You’re invited to an upcoming event with a panel of senior living experts. Join us on Tuesday, March 15 for Fellowship 101, where you can get an overview of Fellowship Village and mingle with some of the leadership team. Contact us using this form to register your interest.