As anyone at The Overlook will tell you, Massachusetts is a beautiful place to retire. Whether you’re interested in the picturesque countryside or the buzz of the city, the Bay State has something to offer you. A lot of housing options exist, yet you’ll need to consider various factors when deciding where to hang your hat. To assist you in this decision-making process, we have created a list of some important things to consider during your search… and how The Overlook excels in each category! Services and amenities One of the first things to look for when you are exploring potential retirement communities in Massachusetts is the services and amenities of any given community. What is most important to you? Perhaps you are interested in the wellness-related amenities. For instance, The Overlook has a large, state-of-the-art fitness center complete with a heated saltwater pool, making it easy and fun to stay in shape. Additionally, The Overlook’s fitness center includes friendly personal trainers who can help design a perfectly tailored wellness plan just for you. When searching for retirement communities in Massachusetts, you may also consider amenities that revolve around your hobbies. For instance, are you interested in creative pursuits? Look for a community like The Overlook that offers a performing arts center and a creative studio. Do you want a recreational meeting place to convene with other active members of the community? The Overlook provides a game room that is always filled with friendly faces. Are you interested in woodworking? The Overlook has a large, immaculate woodworking shop full of talented and experienced craftsmen. And, of course, you need to consider the services. Explore the dining options of a community, and ask yourself if the quality and diversity of the cuisine will satisfy you in the long term. Are there multiple dining options? The Overlook, for instance, provides both formal and non-formal dining so that you can find something perfect for your mood each evening. Additionally, The Overlook’s Executive Chef, Jeremy Roush, is a James Beard Award winner with a passion for farm-to-table dining. Most importantly, look for retirement communities in Massachusetts that promise a maintenance-free lifestyle. In your retirement, you shouldn’t have to spend time and energy on time-consuming chores. Instead, you should spend your time doing what you love! Location, location, location What type of location are you looking for? Some retirement communities in Massachusetts are located in an urban area, where everything is right around the corner and the streets buzz with excitement. However, this accessibility often comes with a hefty price tag, and if you do desire respite, it may be hard to find a quiet space. Other options may be located in the countryside, where you can enjoy picturesque surroundings and quiet nights, but have less access to the fun of the city. The Overlook combines the best of both worlds. Although the 450-acre campus is surrounded by nature, the community is not far from the city. It’s only a one-hour drive to Boston, Providence, or Hartford! Quality care It is also, of course, important to consider the accessibility of care in any retirement community in Massachusetts. Many communities are unable to adapt to the changing needs of their residents, which forces people to find a new home that offers higher levels of care. However, some communities are ready to provide those higher levels of care on the spot, should the need ever arise. Take, for instance, The Overlook. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), The Overlook offers residents affordable higher levels of care right on campus. Should your needs ever change, you would never have to travel to find excellent care. The people Ultimately, the one factor that is hard to quantify – especially from a distance – is the people. The actual residents of a community, their culture and relationships with each other and the staff are invaluable factors worth evaluating. Are the people warm and welcoming? Can you find people who share your interests and passions? Are the staff members friendly and involved? The Overlook prides itself on its extremely warm and supportive community, and the best way to get a feel for such things is to visit the community. If you are exploring retirement communities in Massachusetts and want to get a glimpse at The Overlook lifestyle, join us for an event! We host weekly open house events as well as myriad activities – from chef events to the summer concert series to our fall festival. Our informative and fun get-togethers are a perfect place to meet your future neighbors, talk to the friendly staff and experience our big, beautiful campus for yourself. To RSVP, call 508-202-4090 or simply click here!