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5 Tips for Choosing a Senior Apartment Floor Plan

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Retirement can be an opportunity to reinvent your life. No longer tied to the daily-do of the working world, now you can travel, devote time to hobbies, volunteer, and discover new interests and passions. You can also opt for a change of address and discover how an apartment in a retirement community gives you even more freedom to enjoy your new lifestyle. If you’re considering a move to senior living, these tips can help you find the perfect apartment home to support your retirement dreams.

1. Consider Your Current Home

If you’ve lived in your current home for any length of time, you’ve probably grown so accustomed to it you don’t think about how you use it. By paying attention to which rooms you spend the most time in, you can get some insights into the features you definitely want in an apartment — and those you don’t. Most people discover their current home has more space than they need. The kitchen, family room and primary bedroom may be high-use areas, but often the formal dining room, living room, and guest bedrooms are left to collect dust and extraneous household objects.

2. Take Your Lifestyle into Account

Having a comfortable home is often less about having a lot of space and more about having space that suits your unique patterns and personality. Think about what makes a house a home for you. If you have a beloved animal companion, you’ll want a pet-friendly senior apartment. If you’re an avid cook, choose a floor plan with a full kitchen. Love to read on your deck in pleasant weather, or gaze out the window while you sip a morning coffee? If so, you’ll want to look for a senior apartment floor plan that includes a patio or balcony … or at least large windows that offer pleasant views.

Once you identify your priorities, you may be surprised to find that what you’re looking for is available even in a one-bedroom or studio apartment.

3. Identify the Features You’re Reluctant to Give Up

You may only use your formal dining room on Thanksgiving, but it can be hard to imagine living in a home where you no longer have the option to continue this cherished tradition. Fortunately, the services and amenities offered in senior living communities can expand your living space. A private dining room for family gatherings means you can continue your tradition of family celebrations, while guest suites give visitors a place to stay overnight. You won’t need a personal craft room if the community has an arts and crafts studio. A game room and library give you space for recreation, while an on-campus fitness center provides access to the equipment and classes that help you stay fit.

Best of all, the maintenance-free lifestyle you’ll find in senior living means none of the responsibility for the upkeep of these features falls on your shoulders.

4. Don’t Get Hung Up on Square Footage

When you’re looking at senior apartments, square footage may not be the most accurate representation of an apartment’s comfort and feasibility. Because many apartment floor plans are designed to maximize space and storage within a small footprint, even modest square footage can offer ample room for a comfortable lifestyle.

5. See It for Yourself

In-person visits can be the most effective way to decide if an apartment suits your needs and goals. When you visit, open closets and cupboards to see how much storage space is available. Bring a measuring tape and the measurements of any furniture you plan to bring, so you can see if it will fit comfortably. Notice the view from the windows and whether the layout meets your personal priorities.

Discover the Perfect Apartment at Freedom Square of Seminole

Nestled on 15 acres in a certified wildlife preserve, Freedom Square of Seminole is the perfect home base for the retirement you’ve imagined. An array of services and amenities promise a dynamic lifestyle just outside your front door, while a variety of senior apartment floor plans mean you’ll find the residence that suits your retirement dreams. From studios to two-bedroom residences, our pet-friendly independent living apartments feature fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, a private lanai, ample storage and sunny interiors. You can even customize your paint colors and flooring. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a visit so you see our apartments and get to know our community.