Important Questions to Ask About a Potential Retirement Apartment Complex

A retirement apartment can be a great choice for anyone getting up in years as they typically mean little to no maintenance or yard work; not only does this mean less physical work but also less time spent during retirement just keeping up your home! When choosing a potential retirement apartment, you want to ensure you look past any fancy brochure and ask the right questions, so you know you're happy with your new home for years to come. Note a few of those questions here.

Ask about the maximum number of occupants and how overnight caregivers affect that

Most apartment complexes have a maximum number of occupants they allow, and you need to note if any overnight caregivers may affect that limit. This is important because your caregivers may rotate regularly if you use a visiting nurse service, and they may be required to stay up while you sleep in order to ensure you're safe, to wake you to administer meds, and the like. This might mean that the caregiver would not be counted as an occupant, but some apartment complexes might consider them as such. Be sure you ask if you have caregivers so you don't face unexpected fines or even an eviction notice.

If meals are provided, note what is included

Many retirement communities have meals provided, but you need to note what is and what is not included in those meals. Some might only offer a continental breakfast, meaning muffins, juice and coffee, but not hot food like eggs; if you need your protein every morning, you need to know your apartment's menu! Dietary restrictions or special requests also might not be accommodated with these meals, so always ask, not just if meals are included, but about the details of those meals and what to expect every day in the dining hall.

Ask what circumstances allow you out of the lease

It's not unusual for an apartment complex to charge you a fee if you break a lease, but note if there are exceptions to that and especially for medical reasons. For example, if you need to go into long-term medical care, a nursing home, hospice, and other such facilities, this might be an exception for the apartment complex. If you know you have medical issues that might require you to leave your apartment before the lease is up, you might ensure you choose a complex that won't charge you a termination fee for those types of issues.  


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