As you search for retirement communities in MA, it’s helpful to keep a list of important factors to consider. This list will help you compare communities side by side and ensure that you get everything you want in your retirement lifestyle. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of things to consider when choosing among retirement communities in MA. Feel free to add any other factors that are particularly important to you, and be sure to bring it with you when you visit any communities. During your tours, take note of each aspect so that you have the information you need when it is time to decide. 1) Location Location is the first aspect to consider as it’s usually the most important factor in any move. Is the community close to places you frequently visit, like family members’ houses, stores or doctors’ offices? Is it close to exciting places you’ve never been before? Is it located in a naturally and visually appealing area? Think about which of these factors is most important to you. The Overlook is centrally located on a 450-acre campus in Charlton, MA, so you’ll be close to major cities like Boston, Providence and Hartford while living in a naturally beautiful landscape. You’ll be able to visit famed historical sites, arts and cultural attractions, unique shops, entertainment venues and museums—and return at the end of the day to your relaxing home. 2) Lifestyle Find a CCRC that allows you to continue living the active, engaging lifestyle you love. Be sure that the community provides services like housekeeping and home maintenance, so you can leave behind those burdens and spend more time doing the things you enjoy. Whether you love exercising, volunteering or traveling, it will be entirely up to you as to how you spend your day. And when it comes to lifestyle, living at a CCRC opens up so many possibilities that staying at home simply doesn’t. This is especially true when it comes to opportunities for social involvement and interaction, which are even more important as we age. You should choose a place that lets you be as social as you like, where you can go from spending a couple hours alone with a good book to an impromptu billiards tournament or a cup of coffee with a couple of friends at the café. At a CCRC like The Overlook, you’ll interact with like-minded people and bond over shared stories. You’ll also need to consider the kinds of amenities each community features, because these types of spaces and features can make it feel like you’re living at a resort! At The Overlook, you can get your daily exercise in the heated indoor swimming pool or the expansive and well-equipped fitness center, or you can spend the afternoon creating a new piece in the woodworking shop. You can attend a lecture or concert in the Performing Arts Center, or join friends in the game room for a poker tournament. You can walk your dog along the scenic walking trails or tend to your plot in the community garden. With so many amenities, there’s no shortage of fun things to do! 3) Security for today and tomorrow Many individuals and couples move to a retirement community for a sense of security—security of home, finances and health. At The Overlook, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that when taking trips and leaving to explore new adventures, you can simply lock your door and go, knowing that your home and belongings are secure and monitored. Plus, you’ll have no more worries about surprise repairs while you’re away! Retirement communities can also provide financial security for today and tomorrow. With a predictable, all-inclusive monthly fee, you’ll never be caught off guard with an unexpected cost. Lastly, but most importantly, The Overlook offers a comprehensive continuum of healthcare services, so you’ll have priority access on-site if you ever need them in the future. Not all types of retirement communities offer this full continuum. For example, most 55+ communities don’t offer comprehensive on-site healthcare, whereas CCRCs like The Overlook do offer it. For many, this assurance of healthcare can be the difference between aging successfully in one place and having to move again in the future. 4) Community culture When touring a CCRC, pay close attention to the community culture. Do staff and residents greet you as you walk through the community? How do residents and staff interact with one another around campus? Are there resident organizations to promote the interests of the members of the community? Do volunteer opportunities align with causes you feel passionate about? Community culture is a factor that often gets ignored, but it can play an important part in your life at a CCRC. It’s important to find a community that aligns with the things you care about most and puts residents at the forefront of community decision-making. Opportunities to branch out and discover a new hobby or reignite an old passion exist in harmony at The Overlook. Here, you’ll find fitness, educational, artistic and social opportunities that all weave into the welcoming culture of this community. For more information about life at The Overlook or to receive your free information kit, please give us a call at 508-202-4090 or visit us online. Already received your free kit? Visit us for a tour! We look forward to hearing from you.