As you begin your search for a retirement community, there are several crucial factors to keep in mind. Retirement communities, also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), offer a wonderful opportunity to embrace a fulfilling and independent lifestyle as you age.

There are several essential aspects that you should consider when choosing a retirement community. Connie Bessler, CEO of Trousdale Living Communities, encourages families to focus on 4 main things.

“Choosing a retirement community that offers a caring environment, evaluates the building and surrounding area, understands the financials, and provides exceptional amenities can truly make a difference in the quality of life for our loved ones,” says Connie.

1. Finding a Caring Community

A retirement community should provide a nurturing and supportive environment that encourages social interactions and fosters a sense of belonging. Look for communities that prioritize community engagement and offer various activities and lifestyle options for residents to enjoy.

Additionally, inquire about the stability of the staff, the patient-to-nurse ratio, and the availability of qualified medical professionals to ensure that the community can meet your healthcare needs.

2. Evaluating the Building and Surrounding Area

When selecting a retirement community, carefully assess the design and layout of the buildings and the size of the living spaces. Consider whether the accommodations meet your requirements for comfort and accessibility.

Furthermore, consider the proximity of the retirement community to hospitals and family doctors, ensuring convenient access to healthcare services when needed.

3. Understanding the Financials

Financial considerations are essential when choosing a retirement community. It is crucial to have a clear understanding of what is included in the base price and to inquire about any additional fees or services that may be required.

Take the time to evaluate the overall cost and explore the available payment options to ensure that they align with your budget and financial goals.

4. Discovering the Amenities

Retirement communities offer an array of amenities designed to enhance your quality of life. Look for communities that provide a range of wellness facilities, such as health centers, spas, pools, and fitness centers.

Additionally, inquire about additional senior services that may be available within the community, such as home health or skilled nursing.

Transportation services are also important to consider, as they provide easy access to shopping centers, medical appointments, and community events.


When choosing a retirement community, it is crucial to consider several key factors that will impact your overall experience and well-being. Finding a caring community that fosters social connections, evaluating the building and surrounding area for comfort and convenience, understanding the financial aspects, and exploring the available amenities are all essential considerations.

By carefully assessing these aspects, you can make an informed decision and find the perfect retirement community that allows you to embrace an enriching and independent lifestyle.

At Trousdale Living Communities, we understand the significance of finding the ideal retirement community that meets your unique needs. With our compassionate staff and exceptional amenities, we are dedicated to creating a warm and inviting environment where residents can thrive.

Contact us today to learn more about our offerings and how we can be a part of your journey toward an exceptional continuing care retirement community experience.

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    At Trousdale Living Communities, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, our goal is to care and provide for your loved one and embrace every resident as a person FIRST, so that you can have peace of mind that your parent or loved one is healthy and face. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our residents and patients with exceptional, compassionate, and loving care. Our highly trained and experienced team of nurses, CNAs, physical therapists, medical, and administrative staff provide you and your loved ones with preeminent care. It’s time to join a community of care, comfort, and compassion, a community that is consistently focused on your needs.