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7 Tips for Choosing a Retirement Community
Date:5/18/2009

Free resource from ACTS Retirement-Life Communities helps consumers ask the right questions and sort through the maze of senior housing options.

West Point, PA (Vocus) May 18, 2009 -- Preparing for a comfortable and enjoyable retirement requires much planning. There are many factors to consider, including present and future needs, personal preferences, and financial situation. For those contemplating a move to a retirement community, there are more choices available than ever before. ACTS Retirement-Life Communities (www.actsretirement.com), a not-for-profit aging services organization, offers the following tips for individuals researching a retirement community for themselves or a loved one:

1.   Check the background of the community: Find out when and how it was
established, who owns and operates it, and who manages the community. What is the track record of management? Is it not-for-profit (which may provide a tax benefit) or for-profit? Is it accredited for meeting high standards in services, operations and financial stability? Visit www.carf.org.

2.   Consider future health needs: Many senior communities offer an attractive lifestyle but do not provide medical services, making another move a possibility down the line. Be sure to find out if health care is available, what levels of care are provided at any community you are considering and how much it will cost.

3.   Get detailed information about fees: Find out what all fees do and do not include. Some refundable fee contracts do not protect you from the increasing costs of medical care (such as assisted living and skilled nursing care) if ever needed. Ask if monthly fees are subject
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