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What to Look for in a Retirement Community

Jessica Page
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Jessica Page

Retirement communities come in many shapes and sizes.  Some are simply 55 and over neighborhoods. Others include a wellness center and events for residents. Continuing care retirement communities like Tulsa’s Inverness Village, offer independent-living residences and a full continuum of health care services on the same campus. I always remind people to ask themselves this question when they tour a community: “Will this community work as well for me at age 85 or 90 as it does for me at 70?” In addition, I’ve compiled this checklist to keep in mind.


Engaging Lifestyle
  • People are out and about and are engaging with each other – and you
  • The Wellness Center is well-staffed and in use
  • Many of the residents match your level of function and energy 
Getting Around
  • Immediate area has plenty of shopping and entertainment opportunities nearby
  • Campus has internal and external shuttle services
  • Convenience shopping is within walking distance
  • Mass transit is available
  • Hospitals and health care professionals are nearby
Campus Grounds
  • Well-maintained grounds and building exteriors and interiors
  • Plenty of walkways – both open and covered – from residences to main buildings
  • Plenty of well-maintained common spaces and rooms to meet and gather
  • Resident events and programs are displayed in multiple areas – and they interest you
  • Apartments in the assisted living and health care neighborhoods are well-maintained
Residential Living Spaces
  • Updated residences  or community is renovating and will share renovation plans
  • Residences have assistive features such as grab bars
  • Rooms are bright and spacious enough for your furniture
  • Parking is adequate
Staff
  • Friendly staff – and not just in the Marketing Office
  • Staffing levels are adequate – particularly in assisted living and health care
  • Staff is dressed and speaks professionally
  • Staff members answer questions knowledgeably and are enthusiastic about their work
Jessica Page

Submitted by Jessica Page

Jessica is the director of marketing for Inverness Village, a Tulsa, Okla., continuing care retirement community that is part of the Asbury system.

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