The Lodge Independent Living Community Blog

From helpful articles on senior wellness to tips for paying for a full-service retirement community, check out The Lodge’s senior living blog!


Types of Independent Living Communities

There are many different types of “retirement” communities. That’s a good thing, because we are all different, with personal preferences for lifestyle and setting. Naturally, you want to find a retirement living community that suits you in every way – and you can, but it will take some work to sift through all the options. And there are a lot of options. So let’s take a closer look at what they are and how they differ. Keep in mind that …

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Assisted Living Communities

What Does Senior Independent Living Cost?

Costs of independent senior living communities vary significantly, depending on the part of the country you live in, whether your community is urban or rural, the type of housing and available amenities, and the contract option you choose. Most Continuing Care Retirement Communities charge an entry fee. According to AARP, the average buy-in in 2017 was $329,000, but in some CCRCs, it can reach as high as a million dollars. These fees are meant to cover a variety of costs …

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Independent Living Community

How to Choose an Independent Senior Living/Retirement Community

As you research retirement communities, you’ll find many that offer stunning landscaping and lots of tempting perks. Nice! Remember, though, that the only features that matter are the ones that will benefit you, or you and your spouse together, in the way you want to live independently. If you don’t play tennis, who cares that there are six courts? Make a list of things that are most important to you, and use it as you compare options. An atmosphere that …

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Retirement in Columbus Georgia

What is a Fee-For-Service Senior Living Community?

There are many things to think about if you’re considering moving to a senior living community. You’ll want to compare the location, housing options, services and amenities available on campus, care levels available, the professionalism and friendliness of the staff – all the things that contribute to carefree, uplifting daily living. Cost is also an important consideration. In order to compare costs of senior living, you will need to understand each community’s fee structure. One of the terms you will …

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Cost of senior living

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

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 …

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Veterans Retiring in Columbus, GA

Georgia is rated #1 as the best state for retirement. Columbus is ranked among top 10 cities to retire in the US. It has also been featured in Where to Retire magazine as one of the country’s top retirement destinations. So who wouldn’t want to retire to Columbus, Georgia?! For veterans, Columbus is even more desirable as a place to spend your leisure years. Where to Retire says this town goes “the extra mile to make retired veterans feel at …

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The Benefits of Choosing a Retirement Community Long Before You Need It

It can be tempting to keep putting off thinking about the future, but the older you get, the more you understand the value of time. If you’re in good health mentally and physically now, you have the precious gift of time. Using that time to deliberately chart a course for your future allows you to make fully-informed and best-choice decisions. Waiting until you become ill or begin to require assistance with daily tasks puts undue pressure on you and your …

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Pet Friendly Senior Living

In a 2019 survey, 70% of seniors said their pet is a factor in considering where to live for retirement. At The Lodge, we understand because we’re pet lovers too. That’s why even though most senior living communities do not allow pets – at least not dogs or cats – we’re pet-friendly and proud of it! Pets are welcome to join their humans as residents at our brand new senior living community, in our independent living villas and ground floor …

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Faith-Based Retirement in Columbus, GA

Two-thirds of Americans 65 or older say that religion is “very important” in their lives. If you are considering a move to a senior living community and you have a strong religious faith, you might want to choose a faith-based community. There is a lot to be said for a community where residents share your beliefs and values. With so much in common, it’s easy to make friends and feel welcomed and comfortable, right from the start. But what is …

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Gain More Independence with Independent Living at The Lodge

What does “independence” mean to you? When you were young, you may have thought it meant never having someone else tell you what to do. As you got older, though, you realized independence is really about self-reliance – the ability to “do” for yourself as you live your life. The ability to make decisions for yourself, to handle everyday tasks, to come and go as you like. If you’re a senior or are approaching retirement, it’s easy to assume the …

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