Retirement Communities: Options that Complement Your Lifestyle

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When hearing the term “senior housing,” there is a typical misconception that this indicates institution-like facilities. However, as the Baby Boomer population has grown, so have retirement living choices. Whether one is looking for a vibrant atmosphere, financial security, long-term care or the overall freedom from home maintenance, there is an abundance of options, especially in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The following offers a glimpse at a few of the local communities.

*Active Environments Filled with Amenities*
One community known to shun the ‘rocking chair’ approach to retirement living is Westminster Canterbury, a nationally accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located on 56 acres facing the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Va. Here, residents enjoy cosmopolitan country living with the vibrancy of a university town. Most importantly, as a Life Care community, it provides peace of mind with access to its healthcare levels at no additional cost.

The Virginian, located in Fairfax, Va., is a nonprofit that features an entertainment suite, library, assembly room and a beauty and barber shop. A Fitness Center and onsite nutritionist keep residents active as do various daytrips to museums, restaurants and more. The community offers assisted living and nursing care and while it does not require a large upfront entrance fee for residency, an entry fee is required for its offered Life Care Plan.

*A Secure and Relaxing Future*
Sommerset Retirement Community is a rental community for active adults located in Sterling, Va. With no buy-ins and a refundable deposit, this independent community also offers a high level of assistance through skilled caregiving agency support, including hospice care. Residents can age in place in a vibrant environment for as long as possible. Its various amenities include housekeeping, healthy meals, consulting nurses, 24-hour security, wellness center programs as well as free transportation.

Maplewood Park Place offers the unique advantages of home ownership along with quality service and health care in a community where every resident’s voice is heard. Recently voted Best Senior Living Community by Bethesda Magazine readers, it offers the full continuum of care if and whenever needed. Nestled in a wooded neighborhood in Bethesda, the community is minutes away from great shopping, entertainment, and easy access to Washington, D.C.

Currently accepting reservation deposits for its independent living apartment and cottage homes, The Village at Orchard Ridge will be located in Winchester, Va. and is a part of the National Lutheran Home. Planned to have a fully refundable entrance fee, the community will have assisted living and nursing care while offering amenities such as maintenance, housekeeping, dining programs and transportation. Various wellness programs onsite will enable residents to remain active.

*A Lifestyle of Convenience*
Westminster at Lake Ridge is the only CCRC in the Northern Virginia area to offer both cottage homes and apartments that is open to both military and non-military. Residents enjoy an active lifestyle, wellness programs and comprehensive healthcare. Most homes offer scenic views as nearby trails extend to the Occoquan River. Westminster is adjacent to the historic town of Occoquan, 30 miles from Washington, D.C. and 20 minutes from Quantico and Fort Belvoir.

In the heart of Montgomery County is Asbury Methodist Village, an accredited CCRC that has been part of the area for more than 80 years offering assisted living and nursing care. While enjoying its convenient location, independent living residents have the freedom to make their lives as busy or relaxed as they please in their spacious villas and apartments with a wide choice of sizes and floor plans.

With seemingly endless choices, the time to make the move has never been better. By researching and narrowing the options, individuals are bound to find a home that coincides with their unique needs and interests.

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