Searching for a senior living community is a lot like the search you made years ago for your current home. However, with an internet full of advice, it’s hard to determine which community is right for your retirement. 

That’s why our experts at Peace Village put together this list of 5 tips on how to choose a senior living community based on your personal preferences.

1. Find the Right Floor Plan

While it’s true that making a move to a senior living community requires a little downsizing, you can still find a variety of senior apartment floor plans that are spacious enough to accommodate most of the comforts of your current home and suit any lifestyle.

Walk-in showers and tubs, updated kitchens, stylish fixtures, open living spaces and walk-in closets are all wonderful features of modern senior apartment homes.

At Peace Village, we have 6 incredible senior apartment floor plans. If you’re always taking retirement on the road from one vacation to the next, the carefree and cozy space of our classic one-bedroom floor plan is perfect. Just can’t part with your collection of books? Consider our one-bedroom with den or two-bedroom elite floor plans.

2. Look for Services and Amenities That Match Your Interests

We can’t give you tips on how to choose a senior living community without mentioning services and amenities. Especially ours! Here is just a small list of the services and amenities you can enjoy by choosing independent living at a community like Peace Village:

  • Computer center
  • Free pharmacy delivery
  • On-site fitness center with full-time trainer
  • Salon services
  • Social and educational opportunities
  • Resident-driven special interest groups
  • Dining venues that offer a healthy, delicious variety of menu options

It’s features like these that make it easy to see when a senior living community is passionate about making your retirement everything you hoped it would be.

3. Choose a Location That Has It All

There are several factors to consider when choosing the location of a senior living community. In addition to thinking  about being close to family, you also need to think about being close to everything you need to enjoy a robust lifestyle.

Exploring the surrounding community is part of an active lifestyle. Choose a senior living community that offers convenient access to museums, parks, entertainment districts, or other places you like to visit often. 

Keep in mind that getting close to nature is also part of staying healthy. Our senior living community in Palos Park, IL, is on a sprawling 22-acre campus filled with walking paths, a fishing lake and gazebo. And we’re  just minutes away from Shoppes at Mill Creek and Orland Square Mall.

4. Don’t Forget to Look for Pet-Friendly Senior Living

Is your favorite fashion accessory pet hair? Then you need pet-friendly senior living! It’s a common misconception you can’t bring pets to a retirement community. However, most communities know your pet is an essential part of your life, so they’re always welcome here.

Pet policies vary between senior living communities, so ask the community you’re interested in about breed, weight and other restrictions. 

5. Search for a Community with Happy Caregivers

Many senior living communities offer several levels of care like independent living, assisted living and memory care. This ensures your health care needs are met throughout your time at a community, which helps you feel more secure about your future — but that’s not all there is to it.

One of our best tips on how to choose a senior living community is to look for caregivers that have positive attitudes and are happy to help residents whenever they need it. If you can’t find a community that provides the lifestyle you love, the care you need, and a happy staff, continue your search for a community that meets your personal preferences. 

Peace Village is a 2022-2023 Great Place to Work® certified company. Our team holds strong to our mission to embrace the continuing vitality of our residents by fostering a loving and respectful community. 

Expect More out of Retirement When You Choose Independent Living at Peace Village

As a not-for-profit community, Peace Village is your best retirement living value in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. To find out more about how our senior living community has something to offer everyone, contact our retirement living counselors online or call us at 708-361-3683, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. 
Come join our community at our Jazz in the Village event featuring John Trio on September 22,where you can enjoy rhythm, rhyme and firsthand experience  on what it’s like to be a resident of Peace Village. Chat with friends, stroll our enchanting grounds and take in the beauty of a late summer evening.