3 Tips to Choose the Right Retirement Community for You

DirigoLibraryDid retirement make it on your New Year’s resolution list for 2017? When thinking about retirement and the move to a retirement community, there’s a lot to consider. Can we afford it? Does the facility offer the care we need – or may need in the future? Will we still be able to enjoy the things we’ve been looking forward to in retirement, like traveling or a new hobby? Here are a few tips as you weigh your retirement options:

Starting the Process

There are lots of ways to research nowadays – the internet offers a wealth of information about retirement communities (Dirigo Pines website can be found at dirigopines.com). But one of the best ways to research is asking trusted friends and family for their recommendations. And when you find a community you think you’d enjoy – get the inside scoop. Take a tour, talk to residents and get their opinion on what they love and what they’d change. At Dirigo Pines, we offer tours and lunch and an opportunity to chat with residents and get your questions answered.

Can We Afford It?

Does a retirement community make sense financially for you? It’s a big question. The best way to figure it out is putting pen to paper and comparing your current expenses with your expected retirement expenses. Remember to include regular expenses like electric and cable, but also keep in mind big ticket expenses like that new roof or furnace. Many home expenses, both regular and unexpected, are included for Dirigo Pines residents. Check out our interactive maps comparing costs inside and outside your home.

Does the Facility Offer the Care We Need?

Or better yet, the care you may need in the future. The last thing you want to do in your retirement is be constantly moving as your healthcare needs change. Choosing a community like Dirigo Pines that offers a continuum of care, from independent cottages and apartments to assisted living to memory care, ensures you will have the care you need as you age. 

Ready to learn more? Come take a tour! See for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

1 thought on “3 Tips to Choose the Right Retirement Community for You

  1. My in-laws are at the age now where they have retired and are looking to settle down in a retirement community. I think the article makes a good point about how you ought to consider the costs associated with moving to a retirement community to determine if you can afford it. I think this is really important since it plays a huge role in deciding what community will work for your situation.


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