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The active adult community market is thriving. Atlanta is a top market for active adults due to its transportation options, desirable climate, low cost of living and access to entertainment and cultural attractions. Gwinnett, Cobb, Forsyth, and North Fulton all have great options for seniors looking to move into an active adult community, whether it be a single-family home, independent living apartment, assisted living facility, or nursing home. You’ll find retirement communities offering a range of housing and adult care options, all designed with the resident in mind.
In single-family active adult neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon to find open floor plans tailored to the needs of an active adult, including maintenance-free exteriors/landscaping, enhanced wheelchair access, wider doorways, lever-door handles, rocker-style light switches, easy-to-clean finishes, and one-level living. One of the biggest draws to any active adult community is its list of amenities that will include attractive landscaping and opportunities for recreation. In fact, the social network of a retirement community is the #1 reason active adults choose a community as their home.
In addition to purchasing a home, there are several other types of senior options in Gwinnett, Cobb, Forsyth, and North Fulton. Independent living is geared toward seniors who are able to live on their own, but would benefit from a community setting where meals, various activities and housekeeping are provided. Independent living residences are usually apartment-style, with each resident having their own unit and personal belongings. Although every resident has their own space, some independent living communities may have dining hall areas for seniors to eat and socialize.
If your parent is still independent but may need some extra help, then an assisted living facility might be the most appropriate choice. These are perfect for those who aren’t able to live alone, but don’t necessarily need 24-hour medical attention. These facilities often provide meals and activities in a home or apartment-style setting.
The next level of senior housing is a nursing home, which caters to elderly residents who require day-to-day medical assistance and personal attention, usually long-term. Some nursing homes also provide short-term care for those just released from the hospital. Nursing homes are a good option for those with ongoing medical conditions, such as dementia, or those who need help performing daily tasks.
No matter what stage your active adult may be in at the moment, take the time to openly talk about senior living options early on to ensure a plan is in place for the future. Remember to include your parent in every step of the decision-making process if you are assisting them with this transition.
If you would like to find a single-family, active adult neighborhood in the Gwinnett, Cobb, Forsyth, or North Fulton areas, please contact Mark Lackey at Atlanta Housing Source (404-886-8789) to help assist you or a loved one retire in style and enjoy an active lifestyle.