The decision of finding just the right retirement community is a weighty one with so many factors to consider of where you’re going to spend your best years. You’ve worked hard and, depending on a senior living community’s list of amenities, it’s time to have some kick-back-and-relax fun, too!

There’s a lot to ponder when it comes to what you want your lifestyle to look like and the environment you want to enjoy it in, but the process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The important thing to remember is this decision is all about you or a loved one, so it’s OK to take your time and dive into the details.

With some research, on-site tours, budget considerations, and a list of the right questions, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision. Here’s a list of some questions to ask before moving into your retirement community of choice.

What Is the Cost of Living in the Community?

This is an important question to ask because the cost of living can vary significantly from one community to the next and will ultimately be one of the most significant reasons behind your decision. Some places may offer all-inclusive pricing, while others may have a la carte options. It’s critical to know what the costs are and to budget accordingly.

What Type of Housing Is Available?

Most retirement communities offer various housing options that can accommodate your lifestyle — independent living, assisted living, memory care, etc. Be sure to ask about the different types of housing available and what each option includes. This will help you determine if the community is a good fit for your needs.

Is It a Life Plan Community?

One of the key things to find out about potential places to retire is whether it’s a Life Plan Community (LPC). Formerly recognized as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), LPCs offers residents the benefit of an independent living apartment within a vital and socially active community along with the promise of care if and when those services are needed. The tremendous benefit of an LPC is that it unites living and planning, allowing you to live your life to the fullest with peace of mind for the future.

What Are the Amenities and Activities Offered in the Community?

Retirement communities offer various amenities and activities, but it’s definitely not the same list from community to community. Be sure to ask what’s available so you can determine if it fits your interests. Are you looking for a place with a wellness center, a pool, a gym, social events, a salon, etc.? Also, check out the websites for your senior living options of interest and research the amenities ahead of time before you plan a visit to get the full scope, or call the community and speak with someone who can provide more info about amenities and activities, as well as services, care options, dining plans, and more.

What Safety Features Are in Place in the Community?

Retirement communities typically have several safety features for residents, such as emergency response systems and secure entrances. Asking about these features will give you the confidence needed to make the right decision for you or a loved one calling a new place home.


There are definitely more questions to ask, but this is a good start. Of course, a great follow-up to your initial research via website or phone calls and looking at reviews is to schedule an on-site tour to see the community for yourself. No doubt, more questions will come up as you experience the lifestyle firsthand.

If considering North Carolina as a potential place to retire, we invite you to learn more about our four communities located throughout the state — Brookridge (Winston-Salem), Taylor Glen (Concord), Western North Carolina (Asheville), and Taylor House (Albemarle). Our dedicated staff would be happy to answer any questions and schedule your personal tour. Call us at (336) 725-0202 or email