How Do I Find A Senior Living Community That Is The Best Fit For Me?

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As baby boomers are reaching retirement and beyond, senior living communities have become more and more popular. If you’re considering the move to such a community, there are many options to consider. Not all senior living communities are created equal, so you should make a careful comparison to make the right choice.  Here are some guidelines that may help you in this search.

Determine the Right Location

Probably the most important consideration in choosing a community is location. You may want to live close to your other family members. Perhaps you’ve lived in an urban location, and you want the same in your new home, or maybe you’re looking to escape the city life. Would you like to be close to the ocean? Are the communities you’re considering convenient to shopping, restaurants, and theaters? Will the area suit your lifestyle? Is this area safe?


One of the first things that comes to mind may be the cost. Make sure that the community is affordable for you based on your current income and that you’ll be able to afford to stay there in the future. Check to see what’s included in the price. Most communities provide meal plans, housekeeping services, home maintenance, utilities, and fitness activities, but not all of them do. Make sure you know what’s included and what’s not.

What Do You Want?

Evaluate the amenities the community offers. Some communities have a single cafeteria type of dining, while others have specialty restaurants on campus. Perhaps you want to make sure that there are walking trails for your morning constitutional or available yoga classes.  You want the community you select to fit your lifestyle, with the services and activities you’ll enjoy.

Plan for the Future

Some communities are just apartments for seniors, while others are designed with your future in mind. Many offer a number of senior living solutions with independent living, assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing all on the same campus. This will become crucial is you need to adjust your living situation in the future.

Check the Reputation of the Community

It’s important to select a community that is financially sound and has earned a good reputation in the local area. Most communities will offer you testimonials from residents, but if you can, speak to current residents personally about the community you’re considering.

For those who are looking for an active adult community, Cambridge Village offers retirement independent living at its finest. We’ve designed our active retirement communities in Raleigh, Apex, and Wilmington, North Carolina, to embody our Optimal Living® approach. . Our Optimal Living® approach is infused into every aspect of our 55+ communities in North Carolina—from our wellness and fitness offerings to our concierge care. If you would like more information about our communities, or if you’d like to schedule a tour, visit our website or give us a call at any of our locations:


10000 Cambridge Village Loop

Brier Creek

7901 TW Alexander Drive
Raleigh, NC 919-737-7000


75 Cavalier Drive
Wilmington, NC 910-756-4189