Things to Consider When Choosing a Senior Living Community

July 18, 2016 | Blog | Reading Time 3:00 Minutes

Senior living can be the most enjoyable period of one’s life, especially in a residence that’s a perfect match for your unique lifestyle. When selecting a community it’s important to consider many factors. At Gable Pines, a retirement community located in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, we encourage potential residents to complete a comprehensive assessment of their personal needs before making a decision. Here are four key considerations to get you started:



Like with all real estate searches, start with location. If you already live in an ideal location, it may be best to find an accessible community in the same neighborhood or city. Consider relocation if you would benefit from a different climate or if you’d like to be closer to loved ones who don’t already live nearby.


Building Type

After you’ve selected the right geographic location, focus on a type of building and consider how it fits your needs for healthy living today and in the future. Choose a senior living community without stairs or with specialized accommodations, especially if you have a physical disability. If you like to tend garden or walk your dog, a ground level apartment may be a good choice for you. If you’re looking for a home base between travels or a seasonal spot, a condominium-style retirement community may be ideal, as it can be locked and left without worry about maintenance or security. Gable Pines boasts a beautiful landscaped courtyard for residents to enjoy, no matter their level of physical ability.


Activities & Entertaining

No matter your hobby, be certain that your favorite activity is available in your new community or nearby. If you enjoy hosting friends and family for gatherings on a regular basis, consider a residence with large rooms for entertaining or a community with a shared clubhouse. Gable Pines features a full theatre for movie buffs, and a library with a rustic fireplace for residents with an affinity for literature.



Accessibility is very important, particularly for seniors with limited mobility. Consider step-in showers with grab bars and lower-height kitchen appliances and counters as part of your planning for the future. Be mindful of the width of doorways, halls, and bathrooms, where it may be necessary to walk with the help of a personal aide or fit a wheelchair in the future. Think about how you or members of the staff will handle laundry, cleaning and cooking.


After taking these key factors into consideration, we invite you to visit Gable Pines. Take a tour. Meet our management team and welcoming staff. Familiarize yourself with our gracious community. Experience our specialized amenities and hospitality.


It’s time to think about what you enjoy doing today and plan ahead for a long and healthy senior lifestyle. With some smart planning, the years to come will be so much easier and more fun when you live in a community that’s right for you.


For more information regarding the community at Gable Pines, or to schedule a tour, visit our Contact Us page, or call 651-829-6742 today!


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