Questions to ask when choosing a retirement community

Like with buying your first home, choosing your retirement community is a huge decision that you’ll want to get right the very first time. After all, this is the place that you will end up spending much of your retirement life! If you or a loved one is thinking of moving into a retirement apartment, it’s important that they think carefully about what they want from their future home.

You might think you’ve found the best senior living community, but it’s always worth asking some of your own questions to learn more about your retirement community. Unsure what questions to ask? Here are some of the best things to ask before choosing a retirement apartment:

What are the apartments like?

Given that you will be living there on a permanent basis, finding out what your apartment is like is one of the first questions you should be asking. You’ll want to find out how much space your room has, how many rooms, and whether utilities like a TV and Wi-Fi come included. If you want to put a personal spin on your living space, you will also need to find out if you are able to redecorate as you please!

What activities are available?

One of the highlights of joining an independent retirement living community is that you get to take part in a variety of different social activities. This could be anything from taking part in a group yoga class, to joining a senior gardening society. So before you commit to your new retirement apartment, do your research on what activities are available.

What is included in the monthly cost?

You might think it’s a cheeky question, but you’re completely entitled to ask what your retirement budget is getting you. The last thing you need is an unexpected fee that leaves you financially overstretched. At Churchill Retirement, your monthly service charges go into the day-to-day maintenance of your home, as well as heating and energy bills! This ensures you always know how much you are paying, and won’t have any nasty surprises.

What safety and security services are available?

As you grow older, it’s natural to be a bit more concerned about things like safety and security. In line with this, try and find out what security measures are available to make life easier for residents. From emergency support measures to effective smoke alarms, there are loads of ways that a retirement development can give residents peace of mind.

At Churchill, we know how important it is that you feel safe in your home. That is why all of our retirement apartments come with a selection of safety and security features, including a 24-hour support system, and fire and smoke detectors!

Who can residents speak to in case of a problem?

Retirement should be a time where you can enjoy complete peace of mind, but this isn’t always the case. To make sure you have the best retirement possible, it’s good to know that there is someone on hand to listen if you have a concern or complaint. As soon as you've moved into your retirement apartment, find out the best way to speak to someone if you have a problem. At Churchill the Lodge Manager is on hand to assist you and oversee the running of the development.

What is the pet policy?

A pet is an ideal companion for you to have during your retirement years, giving you a source of happiness and encouraging you to get outside more. So if you want to have a furry friend by your side, make sure you ask if your retirement development allows pets. Depending on where you retire, there could be restrictions or even a fee that you need to pay. Churchill welcomes your pets to move in with you, they are part of the family.

Can I get help moving in?

Moving into your retirement apartment can be a stressful process, both physically and emotionally. To make the process as stress-free as possible, it’s well worth asking if you can get a helping hand with your move. Offering help with your downsizing and assisting with moving day, Churchill Retirement can ensure the day of your move goes as smoothly as possible.

If you are looking for a retirement community that ticks all of the boxes, look no further than Churchill Retirement. From the safety and security of a Churchill Retirement apartment, you’ll have the peace of mind to enjoy an independent and fulfilling retirement lifestyle!