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Ready to Plan Your Life at a Beautiful Lancaster Retirement Home? 5 Things to Consider

Many people look forward to the years after they have worked as a period to calm down, relax, and just experience the everyday. Planning for that part of life is often one of the most enjoyable things you can do with the time leading up to your retirement! Envisioning what you want to do, where you want to go, and who you’d like to spend more time with can be just as exciting as doing those things.

At Zerbe, we are a Lancaster retirement home community that our residents are happy to call home, and it’s easy to see why. We are in a visually beautiful area with active residents who love to get out and explore. There are plenty of things to think about as you approach retirement age, but let your future home be an easy choice.

Learn more about why so many people decide to make 55+ communities in Lancaster, PA, their home after retiring! Here are five things you can consider making the entire process a bit easier when the time comes.

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What Questions Should I Ask When Choosing Between Retirement Communities in PA?

Retirement can be a fun, fulfilling time where we enjoy family, friends, and free time a bit more than we have been able to at any other part of our lives. This freedom means many people begin looking for a place to live that will help them slow down from working every day.

Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to retire as it is full of exciting things to taste, see, and do, so it’s no surprise that Pennsylvania is the third most popular state for retirement by out-of-state individuals across the country!

When searching for retirement communities in PA, you may discover more options than you thought there might be. At Zerbe Retirement Community, we know how vital independence, healthcare, and access to exciting activities can be for our residents. That’s why you’ll find various options for all your senior living needs to maintain your active lifestyle while you live in our community!

Don’t let your search for the perfect retirement community overwhelm you! Here are some things you can ask ahead of time to help you narrow down what type of community is best for you.

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5 Fun Tips on How to Stay Active During Retirement

As you near your retirement, or if you are already at that point in your life, you will want to stay active and enjoy everything this period has to offer. After all, there is so much fun to be had! It can be easy to let the days fly by when you have lots of free time on your hands, but senior living can be full of some of the most active, exciting experiences in your life if you want.

At Zerbe Retirement Community, we want to encourage you to make your retirement years the most fulfilling you can through all types of activities. We’ve put together this list to help you think about all the beautiful things you’ll get to enjoy during this less demanding time of your life.

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Is Personal Care Right for Me or My Loved One? And Other FAQs About Personal Care Homes

As our loved ones or we approach later life stages, we think about getting additional help for them or ourselves throughout the day. When that’s the case, it may be time to think about personal care homes. These are facilities of four or more people where residents can receive personalized care, including services related to everyday functions, assistance with specific tasks, and supervision for residents who need it.

When thinking about retirement, choosing the right senior living option for you or someone you care about is crucial for the highest quality of life available. Because you want to make the best choice, we’ve answered some essential questions about personal care homes below! If you cannot answer your question with the information on this page, please feel free to reach out to us here at Zerbe Retirement Community.

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8 Tips to Help You Fully Enjoy Your Retirement

Despite what we all think about retirement, it can be so much more than a slow-down period in your life. You may not even have the desire to slow down at all! There are so many new things to enjoy when you have the luxury of free time that retirement awards you.

Suppose you’ve begun to search online for “senior living communities near me” because you want to spend your retirement around other people your age with similar interests. In that case, Zerbe Retirement Community is the place to be.

We want you to have a peaceful, happy retirement here. We encourage you to enjoy your retirement to the fullest through our community events and proximity to shopping centers, theaters, farmers markets, and other attractions. Zerbe wants you to enjoy yourself, so we have compiled a list of things that make retirement the best it can be.

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Long-Term Care Facilities: Helping to Care for a Person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s

Hearing that you or someone close to you has dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease can be scary. There’s a lot of unknowns and questions you probably have about the diagnosis. Knowing the difference between the two medical conditions and when someone with one or both needs a long-term care facility, like Zerbe Retirement Community, can ease the stress for the patient and caregiver alike.

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What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are many things to a lot of people. They can be active and engaged senior living communities, a comfortable place to call home where all of your personal needs are met, a fantastic place to work, an extended family—the list goes on.

However, officially, the term Continuing Care Retirement Community—or in updated parlance, Life Plan Community—is a specific, industry-defined description of a senior living organization’s format. In short, CCRCs offer a flexible continuum of care to meet every resident’s changing health care needs over time.

In many ways, this format is very similar to “aging in place” at home since CCRCs allow you to stay within the same community—sometimes even within the same residence or apartment you have come to know and love—through all different phases of the aging process.

As AARP explains, within a CCRC environment, “a resident can start out living independently in an apartment and later transition to assisted living to get more help with daily activities or to skilled nursing to receive more medical care while remaining in the same community.” Peace of mind for residents and their families is the ultimate benefit of CCRCs. Once you choose a community, you won’t have to face moving in the event of a healthcare change.

Today’s blog post takes a closer look at some of the significant points on that continuum of care and shares why Zerbe Retirement Community is an excellent CCRC option in Lancaster County, PA.

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Why Owning Your Home In Retirement is Important

If you are getting ready to retire in the next few years, you are likely thinking a lot about how your financial investments and assets should be arranged to best make the big transition. And if you’re a homeowner, it’s also likely that your house is one of the most valuable assets you have (assuming you are free and clear of a mortgage or have a minimal balance left to pay). So, what’s the best way to handle that asset in retirement?

Should you continue owning your current home for years to come? Downsize to a smaller house that better suits your current lifestyle needs? Perhaps sell your family home and rent an apartment to get out of cumbersome maintenance tasks?

Today’s blog post will help you think about your answers to these questions, as we review some of the ways homeownership wins over renting in retirement for many. And, you may be able to get “the best of both worlds”—homeownership with nearly zero maintenance worries—when you come home to Zerbe’s Independent Living neighborhood here in beautiful Lancaster County!

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