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Determining Your Needs and Wants in Senior Living

Planning your move to senior living, including moving day and what to bring.
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A full kitchen? Inviting outdoor spaces? Lifelong learning? Access to supportive care? Deciding what’s non-negotiable versus what’s nice-to-have can make your pursuit for the ideal retirement option much easier. Here’s a handy chart of senior living needs and wants you can use to narrow your search.

Remember, most senior living communities already offer the basics such as meals transportation, housekeeping, maintenance and activities. What you want to think about here is what would bring you satisfaction and enjoyment each day as you embark on this special chapter of your life.

Determining your personal senior living needs and wants

Residences:   NEED WANT NOT SURE 
Washer/dryer in apartment 
Individual heat/air 
Full kitchen 

There really is no place like home. And that’s exactly how you want your independent living residence to feel. It’s where you relax, recharge, and greet each day. So, think about what features you want, and need, to feel content.

Avalon Park offers a variety of apartment styles for you to choose from, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plan options. Dogs and cats are welcome!

Multiple dining venues 
Outdoor spaces 
Walking paths 
Art classes 
Lifelong learning 
Spiritual programs 
Spa service 


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Enjoying life and socializing with those you enjoy isn’t just a great way to spend your retirement, it’s also very good for your health. That’s why it’s usually at the top of the list of senior living needs and wants. And today’s senior living communities are responding, with stimulating programs, engaging lifelong learning, arts classes, and more. Many ways to get together with friends and family, and opportunities for quiet time alone if desired. Not to mention a variety of dining experiences that satisfy and impress.

Care/Wellness:  NEED WANT NOT SURE 
24-hour on-site nursing 
On-site medical director 
Memory care 
Fitness center 
Yoga/Tai chi 

Physical wellness and social wellness work hand-in-hand for healthy aging. And that can include everything from yoga to chair aerobics to gathering with friends for conversation and laughter. It’s also reassuring to know you have a plan for the future.

At Avalon Park, should your needs change, you’ll have access to an on-site supportive health services provider who can coordinate and deliver supplemental care services, right in the comfort of your home. We call it supported autonomy. It’s just one of the ways we help you live well and live better.

Safety/Security  NEED WANT NOT SURE 
Emergency call system 
Front desk concierge 
Emergency preparedness plan 

When you’re thinking about senior living needs and wants, be sure to factor in feeling safe and secure. It’s why many older adults choose a senior living community for their retirement address. Everything is geared for your safety and well-being, and you have the reassurance that someone is always close by 24/7 if needed. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing!

Don’t forget location

The right location can make all the difference when considering senior living needs and wants, especially if you’d like to get out and about and enjoy local events, nightlife, or cultural attractions.

For example, Avalon Park is located close to downtown Cottleville, which has been named one of the best places to live in Missouri. And because Avalon Park is a golf cart community, you are connected by paths that take you right to town shops, restaurants, entertainment, churches, and 125 acres of parkland and greenways, perfect for walking or biking. You’ll also have easy access to charging stations.

Consider all your senior living needs and wants before you make a decision

You know from experience that four walls do not make a home. It’s how you feel inside it; the experiences you have and the pleasure you get from just walking through the door. It’s knowing you have friends close by who look forward to seeing you and sharing a meal or a conversation. It’s feeling engaged, connected, and inspired to live your best life.

We’d love to tell you more about why we think Avalon Park might be right for you.

A great retirement lifestyle is waiting for you.

Contact us today to set up your personalized tour. Learn how a move to senior living can give you the lifestyle you deserve – download our guide, Choosing the Right Community.
Lisa Smith
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