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What You Need to Know About Transitioning to Independent Living
By Angela Knauff

While the intent is to always remain in your own home, where you feel comfortable and secure, you may want to begin asking yourself, why should I consider Independent Living as an alternative lifestyle? How could this possibly benefit me? Though you have saved a cozy little sum for retirement living while managing home ownership expenses, how disposable is your income? Rising healthcare costs and home maintenance expenses have become burdensome and a financial strain to many. Though your mortgage may be paid off, healthcare and home maintenance expenses are higher than most realize. Keep in mind, home maintenance expenses are far less predictable as your home ages. While your home is comfortable, and may not yet be a burden of tasks and financial obligations, is it still a sound investment for your future? With economic uncertainties, your cash flow is key with financially managing your cozy retirement sum for a comfortable and cost-effective retirement lifestyle.

Important Questions
When gathering information for your decision-making process, keep these questions in mind:

  • Does the community require an application fee?
  • Is there a reservation fee?
  • What, if any, is the security deposit amount?
  • Does the community charge a fee for pets?

Take A Tour
Touring a community is essential in your decision-making process. When touring, ask what services and amenities are included in the monthly fee, review dining options, tour various apartment layouts and inquire if any move-in specials or discounts are available. Your lifestyle interests and concerns are equally as important, be sure to discuss what health, wellness and social programs are of interest to you when inquiring.

Ask About Services
When considering Independent Living as a cost-effective lifestyle choice, all inclusive services may include:

  • Weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry
  • Residence and group maintenance
  • All utilities (expect phone)
  • Scheduled transportation
  • 24 hour on-site security
  • Flexible dining experiences

Visit us at www.southwesternhealthcare.com, or simply stop by Arrowood at Southwestern, we're closer than you think. Visit with friends and peers and have lunch with us during your tour. What are you waiting for? Contact Ann Marie today at (412) 651-9754. We are taking a new hands-on, team approach to our services and would love to show them off. Angela Knauff is Executive Director of SW HealthCare Center.

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