How Do I Find the Right Retirement Community in Columbus, Georgia?

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There are lots of good reasons to move to an active senior living community when you retire. In a nutshell, you can leave behind all the things you don’t love (yard work, home maintenance, rising property taxes, etc.) and spend your time doing more of what you love.

There are also lots of great reasons to retire in Columbus, GA. However you define active, independent living, Columbus has you covered – and then some. Not surprising, there are multiple 55 and older communities to choose from. How do you find the one that’s ideal for you?

Due diligence. This is a big decision, one that will affect the rest of your life. Some of the factors you’ll want to consider are practical, while others are very personal. That’s why not every independent senior living setting is right for everyone. (We’re pretty sure you’ll love The Lodge.)

These tips will help you zero in on the right retirement community.

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You are independent now, so naturally you want to find a place that makes it easy to enjoy your independence to the fullest. However, the reality is that most seniors will sooner or later need assistance with daily tasks, memory care or more advanced skilled nursing. Unless you want to move again when that time comes, it’s smart to choose a full-service senior living community, like The Lodge, that also offers increasing levels of care as residents’ needs change.

Spiritual Community

If your faith is important to you, choosing a faith-based retirement community will help you settle in even faster and more comfortably. The Lodge is part of the Magnolia Manor family of senior living communities, renowned throughout Georgia for our faith-based approach to serving every resident in mind, body and spirit.


If you have a beloved feline or pooch and don’t want to leave them behind, put “pet-friendly” on your must-have checklist. Ask about this up front, because you’ll find most active senior communities do not allow pets. Thankfully, The Lodge is pet-friendly!


Cost is a factor for everyone, but value depends on more than dollars. Compare apples to apples in terms of services and amenities that are included in monthly cost or offered onsite, keeping in mind that “amenities” you don’t want or need do not add value for you. If you don’t play tennis or swim then 6 courts and an Olympic size pool don’t matter. At The Lodge, you can enjoy a stroll in the fresh air on one of our many walking paths, get a workout at our state-of-the-art fitness center, get pampered in our spa, and much more!

senior living columbusSee for Yourself

This will be your new home, so online research from afar is not enough. You need to schedule a visit to get a feeling for the overall ambiance and investigate the details — smell the roses, so to speak. Can you picture yourself living here comfortably long-term? You can schedule a visit with our knowledgeable team at The Lodge to see for yourself how great active senior living can be. You can even meet some of your prospective new neighbors.

And you can still take advantage of our early-bird reservations to secure your apartment and even select the flooring, colors and other finishes that match your style. (That said, we have to tell you that reservations are going fast so time to snap up this extraordinary opportunity is dwindling.)

tanya mcvey senior living columbusAsk More Questions!

Asking generalized questions will give you a good idea about active retirement communities, but the decision is so personal! Chatting with one of our Lodge Living Experts is the best way to know if The Lodge will be the right retirement headquarters for you. You can contact us online or give us a call. We’re here to answer all your questions about active senior living in Columbus.

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