senior living columbusIntroduction

These days, senior living is all about choices. Adults who are nearing or have reached “retirement age” (whatever that means to you) may be ready to cut back on traditional work, or cut it out altogether. But you’re not at all ready to retire from life, are you? You’re active, independent and primed to take on the next phase – living life to its fullest, on your own schedule.

You’re optimistic about the future, and that’s a healthy choice for your mind, body and spirit. According to Harvard Health, “research suggests optimistic people have a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and declines in lung capacity and function. Optimism is also associated with a lower risk of early death from cancer and infection. And now a new study links optimism to living a longer life.”
Longer life and good health make it more important than ever to choose the right setting for your active senior lifestyle.

What should that be? Only you can answer that question. One thing is certain, though. At its best, independent senior living is all about community. Friends and neighbors who share your interests. Appealing surroundings. Amenities and services that make it easy to do more of the things you love.

senior living columbusChange can be good, but it can be hard
Moving to a retirement community can be a real blessing. You can say goodbye to the heavy lifting – yard work, home maintenance and repairs, etc. And now that the nest is empty, you can comfortably downsize. But you’re also saying goodbye to a home that may have served as your family’s headquarters for years. You can feel the tug on your heartstrings just thinking about it, can’t you? On the other hand, you’ve undoubtedly moved before – perhaps multiple times.

Moving to a senior living community is no different. Your favorite furnishings and treasures and every single one of your memories move with you. Besides, you’re optimistic! You know good things are ahead.

In this guide, we’ll explore every angle of independent senior living. What the accommodations are like, services and amenities you’re likely to find, what it costs (and how to pay for it), and how to choose the best option for you. We hope to answer most of your questions, but we’ll probably inspire more. And that’s a good thing because the more questions you ask the better-informed you will be.

At The Lodge, we have faith that you will find a community you love. Faith is fundamental for us, because as part of the Magnolia Manor family of senior living communities, we are faith-based and dedicated to helping every resident enrich their physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.

You’re already taking a step in the right direction, by learning everything you can about what’s available. As you move through that process, please know that our professional team at The Lodge are always happy to answer your questions and share our own insights about independent senior living.

senior living columbusWhy Not Stay Where You Are?

Even if you’ve always loved working around the house, indoors and outside, eventually all that work starts to feel more like an endless, tedious litany of chores. It’s taking up your time as well as your money. Most seniors can easily think of things (a lot of things) you’d rather be doing.

When you move to a senior living community, you can retire in more ways than one. At The Lodge, we like to call it carefree living.

In our community, you have your own residence, whether it’s a detached home or an apartment, so you retain all the privacy and “alone time” you want. But you can forget the headaches and hassle of everyday household chores. No more cleaning gutters or changing light bulbs. But that’s just the beginning, because every retirement community offers certain activities and amenities for residents, designed to appeal to educational, cultural, fitness and other personal interests. That can range from the basics to a wealth of opportunities to exercise your body and mind and feed your spirit.

You get even more at The Lodge. When you move here, you’re joining our family, where you will be nurtured and cared about. You’ll be among friends, all retirement age but young at heart, where the social life is active but the atmosphere is relaxed. The very definition of community.

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Getting help to remain in your home
According to AARP, nearly 90% of people age 65+ say they want to age in place – to remain in their home community as long as possible. Almost that many (80%) think they will be able to do that. However, AARP says most will eventually need some type of accommodation and/or assistance to stay at home. The majority of younger, not-yet-senior adults also say they want to age in place.

Thank heavens the old days are over! Getting older no longer means you have to move to a “home” when you start to need help getting around or getting everything done. In fact, so many people are now focused on aging in place, an entire industry has grown up to help you do that.

You may have the financial resources to hire out work you no longer want to do, or can do, on your own. You can hand off the heavy-lifting tasks such as home maintenance and yard work. You may have had a housekeeper for years, or perhaps now sounds like a good time to hand off that work too. However, those costs can add up fast, and not everyone can afford professional help.

There is also a big difference between hiring outside help because you don’t want to do something like mowing or housework, and needing help to handle basic tasks or “activities of daily living,” or ADLs. Ability to handle ADLs on your own defines independence. These activities include:

  • Remembering to take prescribed medication, and taking it correctly
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Personal hygiene and grooming
  • Functional mobility
  • Bathing, toileting, and incontinence
  • Appropriate financial management, including paying bills on time
  • Using the phone

senior living columbusThose who are around you most often may notice over time that you could use a bit of help with some of these things. So a family member, neighbor, or friend may offer to help you out with cleaning or cooking. They may drive you to the store or a doctor’s appointment. They may even offer to assist with personal tasks such as bathing or dressing.

These offers may come from the heart, but it can be very difficult indeed to accept them. No one wants to admit they need help, and most of us don’t want to inconvenience others. However, accepting help allows you to age in place, at least for a while longer. You don’t have to rely on friends and family, you can look to home health caregiving services, Meals on Wheels, and other entities for help with daily living tasks, transportation, and so on.

These services can be especially beneficial if only one spouse needs assistance. You can remain together as a couple in your own home without the healthier spouse becoming overworked and overwhelmed trying to care for the other. Nonetheless, just as with maintaining your home and yard, the costs of in-home care will add up. Significantly.

Medicare, Medicaid and some types of insurance will help pay for these services. But you’re on your own when it comes to ongoing home and yard maintenance and major repairs. That can be worrisome as well as costly. Are you spending funds that will be needed later on to pay for advanced care if you or your spouse needs it? Are you spending money you could leave instead to your children or grandchildren or your favorite charity?

The truth is, where you decide to age in place can make a big difference in your quality of life.

What can living independently in a “senior setting” do for you?
Moving to a senior-focused community provides benefits no matter who you are:

  • Couples – You’re not only active and independent, you still have your best-friend! Senior independent living offers all the things you love to do together, but it also provides opportunities to pursue your individuality.
  • senior living columbusSingles – You have your own private residence for when you want to be alone, but it’s much easier to avoid becoming isolated, physically or emotionally, in a senior community. Interacting with others is crucial. Studies have shown that seniors who live alone are more likely to feel left out, becoming depressed and developing health problems. That’s even more true if you have physical mobility issues or if you can no longer drive. If you’re hesitant to ask for help around the house or with personal care, you’re equally likely to avoid “imposing” on others for companionship.
  • Just one spouse – You love each other, so it’s only natural that you support one another in every way. But when one spouse needs more care than the other can realistically provide, separation becomes inevitable. Sometimes, it’s possible to move to assisted living as a couple, but not always. A senior community that offers multiple levels of care can meet needs of both spouses, with one moving into an assisted living or memory care unit and the other moving into a nearby independent residence. This proximity allows a couple to stay close and provides peace of mind knowing that the spouse can get the care they need.

The Lodge in Columbus, GA includes a full continuum of care — independent residences, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation are all onsite, so you never have to leave the community even if your care needs change.

The Lodge is not just a place to live, but a community that will both comfort and inspire you to stay active and independent in the ways that matter most to you, among friends.

senior independent living in columbus georgiaDon’t wait until you need formalized assistance
Most seniors will eventually require some type of assistance. Then you’ll need the services of an assisted living or memory care community. But there’s no reason to wait until then to make your move. With all the benefits afforded by quality senior living communities, why not take advantage now and make the most of every moment while you’re still healthy and active, physically and mentally?

Most of us have a list of things we’ve always said we would do when we retire. You don’t even have to be officially retired to move to a retirement community (though most do have a minimum age requirement. At The Lodge, that’s 62.) Downsize now and you can replace tiring, time-consuming household drudgery with a new to-do list filled with things that are interesting, fulfilling and just plain fun.

It will take some research and planning to find exactly the right place. But giving yourself time to do that will also give you time to prepare mentally for your new home and independent lifestyle. When it’s time to make your move, you’ll be excited to make new friends, confident you made the right choice.

senior living columbusTypes of independent Senior 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 some communities are distinctly different whereas others overlap to some degree in terms of amenities and services offered.

It’s an age thing
All retirement communities have a minimum age requirement – usually 55 or 62, but sometimes higher. The rules can vary from one place to another, depending on local laws as well as the community’s own policies. In some cases, only one spouse of a couple has to meet the requirement. Communities often have rules about visitor ages as well, which might affect your grandchildren.

Here at The Lodge, our minimum age for residents is 62 (applicable to at least one spouse) and we welcome visits from family members of all ages because we are all about family here.

Call it “retirement” or call it “senior living”
You will find communities that cater to active, healthy seniors of a certain age that refer to themselves as Active Adult, 55+, Independent Living, Senior Housing and Continuing Care. Some are communities in the traditional sense – their campus includes multiple buildings and a wide range of amenities and activities for residents. Others are just a single, self-contained community such as an apartment building.

Some smaller communities are self-managed by the residents, but usually retirement communities are owned and professionally managed by a private company, a government agency, or a non-profit organization. Magnolia Manor, which owns and operates The Lodge, is a faith-based non-profit well-known throughout southern Georgia since 1963 for its devotion to treating every resident as family in a setting that nurtures the body, mind and spirit. You can see and feel that special difference here.

senior living columbusSenior Apartments
This is the most common type of housing for independent seniors. Typically, these are privately operated buildings which might offer extras for residents such as meals, social activities, fitness centers, transportation, gardens, salons, etc. You sometimes see these apartments referred to as Congregate Care communities.

Age-Restricted (or 55+) Communities
Moving to a 55+ community means you can start to enjoy the benefits of “retirement” even as a somewhat younger, healthy, mobile adult because you can skip major home-related chores. Most 55+ communities include basic amenities such as a pool, centralized clubhouse or other facilities, with both rental and for-purchase housing options.

There may even be an official activities director, but usually social activities are informal and resident-directed just as you’d find in any neighborhood. Typically, 55+ communities have no facilities or services for anyone who is not fully independent. However, in some cases, the community may have an overall theme or focus:

  • Active retirement – Love to do lots of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, boating, swimming, etc.? This is your kind of place. You can keep busy and stay in shape as you age.
  • faith-based senior livingFaith-based – Perhaps you would prefer to be surrounded by those with similar religious beliefs, which can provide a stronger sense of spiritual congregation. At Magnolia Manor, we are faith-based, and all our communities offer worship services, Bible study and pastoral care. We openly welcome and serve residents of all faiths.
  • Golf or tennis resort environment – Can’t get enough of the court or the links? In a resort-sport community, you can zero in on your favorite activity and socialize with like-minded neighbors.
  • Luxury living – High-end homes with high-end community features and amenities ensure you’ll have more affluent neighbors.
  • RV Park instead of traditional housing – Some seniors just want to hit the road when they retire, trading in their home for a motorhome or RV and heading out to see the sights and meet new friends around the country. Senior RV Parks provide welcome respite for long or short stays.
  • Singles only – You don’t have to be part of a couple to enjoy everything active senior living has to offer! Maybe you prefer to be around singles like yourself, in which case there are independent living communities designed just for you.
  • University focus – If you would love to be surrounded by educational and cultural activities and ambiance, look for a community that has direct ties to a local university. You won’t have to be a graduate to participate.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Life Plan, or Full-Service Communities
CCRC is an official, legal designation for a retirement community that is certified to provide a comprehensive spectrum of care, from fully independent living to assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and end-of-life care. Only individuals who have paid an entry fee can take advantage of these various levels of care. Residents usually move as their care needs increase or change, but they can stay within the same community campus.

The Lodge is a Full-Service Retirement Community and offers a full continuum of care for residents within our community, at a considerably more affordable price.

senior living columbusWhat is Independent Senior Living Like?

You might be hesitant to consider moving to a retirement community because you’ve heard some of the persistent myths about “senior living.” You know – you have to give up your belongings, you won’t have any privacy, you won’t be able to do the things you love most. In other words, you’ll be restricted in every way.

Senior living is all about lifestyle and retiring from all the stuff you don’t want to do. You live in a private home, as noted earlier, though it may be smaller than your current house. Downsizing means less clutter, but your furnishings and treasures will be all yours. You can come and go as you like.
And when you want to go, your biggest challenge will be deciding what to do.

senior living columbusHere are some common resident services and amenities found in independent senior living communities:

  • Multiple dining venues
  • Arts or crafts room
  • Library
  • Walking path
  • Beauty salon & spa
  • Wellness programs and fitness centers
  • Transportation, either on-demand or scheduled shuttle service
  • Game rooms
  • Housekeeping
  • Home and yard maintenance
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Religious services, including Bible study and pastoral care
  • Special events and performances
  • Cultural programs
  • Classes and workshops
  • Outdoor recreation (swimming pool, tennis courts, adjacent golf course, fishing pond, etc.)
  • Security with staffing 24/7, for peace of mind

At The Lodge, we talk a lot about living the carefree life, but we are committed to giving every resident every opportunity to feed their mind, body and spirit. The indoor and outdoor facilities, amenities and activities we offer are daily evidence of our holistic approach. Whether your spirit thrives on faith-based activities, quiet contemplation or the certain knowledge that you are loved and cared for, you’ll feel right at home at The Lodge.

There is no typical day
But, to give you an idea, let’s look in on Betty, a fictional resident at The Lodge:

  • senior living columbus6:30 am: Betty likes to rise with the sun (or almost), but some mornings she has a lie-in instead, especially if she stayed up late the night before, reading or Zooming with family out west.
  • 8’ish: she fixes breakfast. Today she is going heart-healthy with oatmeal, but sometimes she treats herself to bacon and grits. She doesn’t have to fix all that for herself, because she can head over to one of the on-site restaurants and let The Lodge’s fabulous chefs prepare her morning meal.
  • 10 am: her friend Dottie comes by, and the two of them drive to Uptown Columbus to shop. Betty needs a present for her niece’s birthday party tonight, and Dottie wants to pick up some fresh flowers for her apartment and a couple of steaks to grill later.
  • Noon: Betty and Dottie are back at The Lodge, enjoying a tasty, relaxing lunch at the on-site bistro. After lunch, they take a nice stroll with Dottie’s dog on one of the many walking paths at The Lodge. They stop briefly at The Lodge chapel to have a friendly chat with the full-time chaplain.
  • 2 pm: Dottie heads back to her place to prep the flowers and steaks (she’s having company for dinner). Betty wants to take it easy before the birthday party tonight, so she puts her feet up to read for a while. That hand-woven afghan she brought from her previous home is the perfect coverlet.
  • 4 pm: Betty pays a visit to her neighbor Frank, to bring him the book her book club at The Lodge just finished reading. Frank belongs to the men’s book club at The Lodge, and he’s thinking this might be a good read for his group as well.
  • 5:30 pm: Betty is freshly showered and dressed, ready to head out for her Niece’s birthday party at a popular restaurant in nearby downtown Columbus. Betty has difficulty driving at night and since she’s uncertain of when the festivities will end, she decides to take an Uber there and back.
  • 5:35 pm: Not so fast! Betty realizes she forgot to buy a birthday card when she went gift shopping earlier in the day. While her Uber driver waits, Betty runs into The Lodge’s gift shop to grab a birthday card. Thank goodness for conveniences like this at The Lodge.
  • 9:30pm: Betty is back home and in for the night. What a great day it has been!

Tomorrow, she has a different sort of day planned full of activities all on-site at The Lodge– morning yoga at The Lodge indoor fitness center, The Lodge gardening club (they’re deciding what to plant in the courtyard planters this year), a massage at The Lodge spa, and The Lodge Bible study group with a few of her neighbors, who have become some of her closest friends.

senior living columbusIn the heart of Columbus, GA
Exceptional senior living doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You’re moving to the heart of Columbus, Georgia, a city that is both vibrant and modern and steeped in American history. Interestingly, the percentage of seniors 65+ who live here is exactly the same as the national average — 13%. Friendly is the word residents use most often to describe Columbus. And the list of things to see and do here is long, long, long.

In short, Columbus is a heavenly haven for seniors and the perfect neighbor for our community at The Lodge.

What Happens If I Need More Assistance?

senior living columbusIndependent senior living is great (really great, in the right setting), but the reality is that about half of seniors over 65 will require at least some amount of supportive care, perhaps significant long-term care as they continue to age. So what happens then? Senior living communities vary tremendously in this regard, so as a prospective resident you must ask detailed questions to understand what your future options will be.

If you choose to move to a Full-Service Community, like The Lodge, or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC, described earlier), your needs will be met no matter what. With most independent living communities, though, you may have to move somewhere else to get the advanced care you need.

At The Lodge, where all levels of care are available, you will continue to receive the care you need without having to leave the community. As a current independent resident, you will have priority admission to any care level. (That said, our mission is to keep you as healthy and independent as possible!) Our assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities all provide award-winning health care, delivered by top-quality medical professionals and other team members.

What Does Independent Senior Living Cost?

senior living cost columbusCosts 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 which could include community amenities or offset future care. Some communities offer contracts with a refundable option and a portion of the entrance fee can be returned to you or your estate when you move from your independent living residence. However, the entry fee does not cover all of your monthly living expenses, and CCRCs also charge a monthly fee which will vary depending on the size of the residence you choose and your chosen contract option.

For seniors who don’t have the financial resources to pay entry fees – or perhaps you simply don’t want to part with money up front, there are retirement communities that have a rental contract option. The amount can still vary tremendously, depending on the residence you choose. Cost matters to almost everyone, so as you explore the possibilities of senior living, look for a place you’ll love to live with the services and amenities you want at a cost you can afford.

Keep in mind that the monthly fee at a retirement community is not equivalent to the rent or mortgage payment you’re making now. It includes an array of other expenses you currently pay separately – utilities, interior and exterior maintenance and a variety of other extras. Each community is different. You know what you’re spending now on necessities as well as optional activities, etc. Add up all those costs, then compare the total to what you would pay at a prospective new community, based on what they do (or do not) include, such as:

  • On-site amenities
  • Dining plan
  • Cable TV and/or Wi-Fi
  • Activities or special events
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Meals
  • Parking
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Wellness programs/fitness center usage

Here’s how it works at The Lodge
As a faith-based non-profit organization, Magnolia Manor’s mission to serve seniors is not financially motivated. Instead, all of our operations are managed carefully and efficiently to keep costs down without sacrificing the outstanding service and quality that sets us apart. As a business we spend and invest conservatively. We also benefit from the generosity of community donors and many fellow members of the Methodist church here in Georgia, who raise money and volunteer to help support our communities.

We take very seriously our responsibility to provide for our residents for the rest of their lives. The Lodge is backed by Magnolia Manor’s financial strength and experience. This is crucial because as a prospective resident, you want to be confident the community you choose has the resources to support a stable future.

The Lodge is a fee-for-service community. There is an entry fee, which varies according to the type of residence you choose (villa, one- or two-bedroom apartment), but it is considerably less than a typical CCRC, with prices starting at $109,000.

senior living columbusResidents at The Lodge also pay a monthly fee, which includes:

  • All amenities (spa services are pay as you go)
  • All utilities-electricity, gas, water, and phone (except electricity in the villas)
  • High-speed (fiber) Wi-Fi
  • 30 meals per month (breakfast, lunch and/or dinner as you choose)
  • Scheduled, local transportation (for individual needs and for group activities)

We like to say that The Lodge is “affordably upscale” – you don’t have to be wealthy to live a richly rewarding, relaxed independent lifestyle here. In fact, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the extensive range and quality of everything The Lodge has to offer.

Paying For Independent Senior Living

senior living columbusLiving Independently in a retirement community is the same as living in any other neighborhood, in that residents do not require special care or assistance from others and that you are personally responsible for all of your expenses. In a senior community, however, you will likely get more for your money. For example, someone else will be responsible for yard work, indoor and exterior maintenance, so you won’t have out-of-pocket expenses for that.

Nonetheless, whatever the fees for the community you choose, in nearly every case you will have to pay from your own private resources. Those resources might include:

  • Pension or Social Security payments
  • IRAs or other retirement accounts
  • Savings or annuity withdrawals
  • A loan or line of credit (often used a bridge before your home is sold)
  • Long-term care insurance policy if you need additional care

Still, financial assistance may be available
When and if additional care is needed, depending on the details of your long-term insurance coverage (if you have this kind of policy), your insurance policy may cover expenses for in-home assistance provided by a licensed caregiver in your current independent living residence or if you move into assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing.

Medicaid also helps pay for some types of assistance in communities that accept Medicaid, if you meet the income and other eligibility requirements. Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance will not pay your standard monthly fees for independent senior living.

How to Choose an Independent Senior Living/Retirement Community

senior living columbusAs 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 is friendly and welcoming goes a long way toward making any community feel like home.
Some factors to consider:

  • Age range of residents (at The Lodge, minimum age is 62)
  • Lifestyle activities and amenities for residents
  • Spiritual care opportunities for residents (is there an onsite chapel and/or Bible study groups?)
  • What meals, if any, are provided
  • Transportation available to residents
  • What is covered (and what is not) by monthly fees
  • Interaction between residents and the wider community
  • Security and emergency protocols
  • Advanced levels of care available, if any

See for yourself
Making a decision sight-unseen is a bad plan, especially when the decision fundamentally affects your lifestyle and the rest of your life. A personal visit to your short list of “candidate” communities is a must – multiple visits are even better because there is so much to take in. Because The Lodge is part of the Magnolia Manor family of senior living communities, visiting any of our six other campuses that offer independent living will give you an excellent, first-hand feel for what it’s like to be part of our family.

senior living columbusWhen you visit:

  • Tour the community and grounds to get a feel for the overall atmosphere
  • Attend an event or activity, perhaps a worship service or Bible study gathering
  • Eat a meal
  • Chat with some of the residents and team members
  • Check out the wellness/fitness center
  • Check out a housing unit like the one you’re considering
  • Speak with a team member one-on-one chat to discuss your personal situation and desires
  • Ask yourself if you will feel cared-for and comfortable here

Planning now gives you the most choices
If you have planned well financially for your retirement, that’s great. But it’s equally important to plan where you want to live as an independent senior – now, while you still have the most options available, and while you’re still healthy and active. Your top-choice community may well have a waiting list or health requirement, and that could be problematic if you wait too long.

senior living columbusHow to find communities near you
Finding a retirement community that’s just right for you starts with picking the location. You can look for a senior living community near where you live now. Or you can take this opportunity to move across the country, to be closer to your children and grandchildren or enjoy a different climate. There’s a lot to be said for spending more time with loved ones, both family and friends, and in a senior community you’ll have plenty of time to do just that.

With location in mind, you can search for possibilities. Use every resource available. Here are a few resource suggestions:

  • Friends or relatives currently living in a retirement community – what do they like or not like about it?
  • Your church – pastor and/or fellow congregants may have a referral for you
  • Your primary care provider
  • For-profit and non-profit senior care advisors and organizations

You can search for independent senior living retirement communities by state here.

What About Pets?

pets in senior livingMoving away from your current home is not easy. But if you have a pet or two, the thought of leaving them behind can feel even more wrenching. At The Lodge, we understand that nothing warms the heart like the wag of a tail or a softly purring kitty or the song of a colorful finch. So we say yes to pets! Pets are welcome in our independent living villas and select apartments.

However, most senior living communities do not allow pets. As you research retirement options, be sure to ask about pet policies (including for pets visiting residents). And if you choose a pet-free community, consider who will take on responsibility for your pet after you move. Researching options ahead of time will give you peace of mind knowing that your precious companion will be moving into a great new home, just as you are, when the time comes.

The Joys of Independent Senior Living

veteran retirement in columbus georgiaYes, it can be hard to decide to move before you “have” to, but it can be such a blessing in so many ways. We all face new decisions as we age, and doing what it takes to proactively make a really great decision for yourself will bring you the best and happiest outcome.

It’s simply a fact that most seniors will eventually require some type of long-term care assistance. Moving to a senior living community while you are still healthy and active allows you to fully embrace your independence while you still can. Sure, you may miss your current home. But you’re leaving behind the things you don’t really like about it. Tedious chores. Hard work and endless expense of home maintenance. Concerns about rising taxes.

Remember, you’re an optimist! So don’t focus on what you’ll “lose” if you choose independent senior living, think about all the things you’ll gain. Things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t due to time or resource constraints. At The Lodge, every day opens new doors, to your own beautifully appointed home and an entire community where you can feed your body, engage your mind and lift up your spirit, surrounded by caring neighbors and team members.

And you just never know. You could be the next resident who, at age 90, looks back on moving to The Lodge and says, “Ten years ago, I made the best friend of my life!”

Conclusion

senior living columbusThere is a lot to think about as you consider the sort of environment that will suit you best (and serve you best) in your senior years. If you’ve read this far, you now know the scope of possibilities and the questions to ask that will help you narrow the field. It is a big decision, no question about it. But moving to the right senior living community can be a blessing in so many ways.

It is an open door into the future, one that acknowledges all the good things you still have to look forward to. Senior living is designed to foster a strong sense of friendship, of good health and community. You can do more of the things you love and stretch your wings, too. You can be confident as well as carefree, because you’re not alone.

So get busy with your research because the senior lifestyle awaits. When you’re ready to make your final decision, we hope you pick The Lodge in amazing Columbus, Georgia. We can’t wait to meet you.