Today, we’ll take things a step further, considering the importance of location when searching for independent living. But location is more than the physical address or a community’s surroundings (rural, urban, suburban): where the actual apartment, cottage or condo is positioned within the campus boundaries is an equally essential consideration.
For example, think of a large 500-unit independent living complex, with apartments of varying sizes set up in multi-story buildings spread out over a few acres. Though most independent living residents live without assistance (that is, other than perhaps what is offered by a spouse or partner), some may have difficulty walking long distances. If you choose the apartment at the end of the hall in the building furthest from the central hub of the community (i.e. where the lobby, fitness center, dining venues, mailroom, and other common areas for recreation are generally located), you might have a great view, but you may also end up isolated and limited in your ability to get “out and about.” You may also want to consider purchasing a motorized scooter to help you travel the long distance to meals or social gatherings.
The takeaway? When visiting a prospective independent living community, evaluate the size of the building and location of the apartment carefully before making a final decision.