Look closely at what Phoenix has to offer when you are considering options for senior age living communities. Whether you are hoping to escape the rigors of cold winters, checking out a warmer climate for health reasons, or simply looking for an exciting new place to call home, you are sure to find the perfect spot in one of the many centers in Arizona. As an active senior, this may be the perfect base for exploring a new part of the country.
Benefits of Living in the Copper State
Arizona offers almost anything you might want at any time. With a population in the metro region of about 4.3 million, the city offers the opportunities and other amenities of living in a large city. Those who move to the area can expect:
- numerous green spaces within the city, hiking and bike trails connected the many parks, and the beauty of being surrounded by protected wilderness areas and mountains
- at least thirty golf clubs within the city and another fifty nearby
- many educational institutions for those extra-curricular courses you always wanted to take
- numerous arts and cultural venues that offer interesting programs and exhibitions
- high end malls, diverse restaurants and interesting shops to explore
- top tier sports events including NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA
- access to world class medical care, with more than a dozen major hospitals
For many, though, the major attraction is the climate. Sunset land basks in sunshine for a good ten months every year. The summers are hot, and winters are not quite as warm as southern Florida. Many senior citizens choose to retire to the area because of the weather. The dry sunny days bring relief to physical conditions such as painful joints, respiratory difficulties, and rheumatism. Whether you are a snow bird escaping harsh weather for a few months, and you are looking for a more permanent relocation, you are sure to find a retreat suited to your needs.
Choosing the Right Center
The Grand Canyon state offers a broad range of elder living accommodations that cover every budget and taste. You can choose an active adult center downtown or in the suburbs. Elder living centers are basically housing developments that have been designed to meet the needs of seniors who are able to live independently, but do appreciate having staff available to provide some basic services. The units could be individual houses, town homes or apartments or condos. Since centers are so varied, take the time to find the one right for you.
Here are some guidelines for considering Arizona:
- decide whether you want to buy or rent a unit
- no matter how healthy you are right now, consider what access you will have to regular and emergency medical care
- be sure that your budget is robust enough to handle additional regular fees; there will likely be an entrance fee as well as recurring monthly fees and other charges for optional amenities or services that you choose
- check that the establishment has the services and features you are looking for, including what support staff is available for chores such as building and grounds maintenance, housecleaning, personal shopping and transportation
- make sure the atmosphere is right for you; it might be too formal or too relaxed, or perhaps there is a very active social environment in place but you would rather have more privacy
- review the list of activities offered to see if they are of interest to you; for example, there might be an emphasis on sports when you are more interested in social gatherings
- obtain information on amenities or services offered on site; the area may be large enough to offer its own gymnasium, pool, or golf course
- check that other services you consider necessary are nearby; these could include churches, banks, libraries, and grocery stores
- take the time to talk to existing residents and staff
- be sure to thoroughly check over all legal requirements, including any rental or maintenance contracts and refund policies
The more time and effort you put into identifying your priorities, the more satisfied you will be with the center you choose.
Many Options to Choose From
There are over 30 retirement living centers in the Phoenix area. For those looking to purchase, unit prices range from below $100,000 to $700,000. For the most part you can expect good home values, minimal association fees, and property taxes that are reasonable.
Do shop around, because some developers have been very creative in incorporating practical amenities, such as:
- multiple recreation centers, with services that include fitness centers, restaurants, both outdoor and indoor pools, walking tracks, tennis courts, hobby shops as well as card rooms
- adult outdoor playground facilities that include miles of trails, baseball fields, and fishing lakes; there are developments that maintain about 30% green space
- an outdoor amphitheater for evening performances
- golf cart designed pathways for access to nearby shopping
Careful planning and diligent reviews will help you make a move that will bring you comfort and pleasure for years to come.