Retirement communities are for retirement age people who cannot or no longer wish to live in a single family residence. Most communities are expensive. Some are more affordable than others. Look for non-profit facilities or communities that offer rental housing if your budget is tight.
Communities differ in the amount of on-site assistance and care provided. Three types of retirement communities are:
- Active (on site medical care not required)
- Active and Supportive (medical facilities and residential housing)
- Supportive (assisted living or nursing home)
Make a list of what is important to you. Visit the facilities that meets most of your needs. You may fall in love with one of them. As a former classical musician, I was charmed by the unique exercise program offered at one facility. You just never know what you will find until you look.