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Understanding Your Senior Living Options | Senior Apartments in Charlotte

February 1, 2022

Retirement is a time to thrive, a season that allows for adding more vibrancy and meaning to your life. A handful of the upsides retirement brings, as highlighted in a recent CareerTrend article, include reduced stress levels, the opportunity to improve overall health and wellness, the ability to take on philanthropic endeavors, more time with family and the possibility of enhancing your lifestyle with new hobbies and interests. For many older adults, finding more freedom in retirement means making a change in their primary residence. You may be surprised—or even overwhelmed—at the many senior living options your search uncovers. In today’s post, we’re sharing pointers on beginning the process and taking a look at a few different types of senior living options. As a retirement community in the upscale SouthPark area with over 40 spacious floor plans, we’d love to connect with you in your search for senior apartments in Charlotte.

Tips for Getting Started

In a recent article for U.S. News & World Report David Levine recommends planning ahead when mapping out senior living options as you identify the level of care needed, make in-person visits and carefully review the fine print regarding costs, billing, payment, licensing and more. We’d also add getting clear on your desired lifestyle, city and must-have amenities to Levine’s list. Being a part of a thriving community with high-end amenities, an active social calendar, distinctive dining services and a focus on whole-person wellness makes a tremendous difference in your quality of life.

Active Adult Communities

Active Adult Communities are typically age-restricted or age-targeted to adults 55 years and older, and they tend to attract residents interested in maintenance-free living. Communities often offer a host of amenities and are usually located near larger cities for the convenience of their residents. A potential downside to Active Adult Communities is the lack of assistance in daily living and care. The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) points out that many Active Adult Communities often don’t provide access to housekeeping, laundry services or transportation services. The responsibility for meals may fall on the resident(s), and ASHA also notes, “there are no on-site care facilities in 55 and over communities.” For those who believe an Active Adult Community may be right for them, INSPIRE Coastal Grand from Liberty Senior Living is a beautiful seaside option in South Carolina.

Independent Living Communities

Independent living communities, or retirement communities, are designed to provide active older adults with low-maintenance residences, social activities and transportation access along with a host of attractive amenities. Retirement communities are a great fit for people ready to right-size their homes and simplify or eliminate the associated home maintenance that can weigh them down. In addition, travel becomes more accessible, and there is newfound time for hobbies, philanthropic efforts and friendships.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

AARP describes Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) as “a long-term care option for older people who want to stay in the same place through different phases of the aging process.” AARP highlights the main benefit of CCRCs as providing residents with a “sense of stability and familiarity” when there is a change in their abilities or health. One drawback, however, is cost. CCRCs can be quite expensive, both in entry fees and monthly maintenance and service fees. The Barclay at SouthPark avoids entry fees through our flexible rental model; our residents have found renting to be an attractive way to minimize expenses and obtain the simplified lifestyle they desire. We covered the benefits of the rental model in our recent blog post, which may be of interest for those weighing the pros and cons.

The Barclay at SouthPark is a retirement community in the sought-after SouthPark area of Charlotte. With more than 40 spacious floor plans ranging from 760 to 1,828 sq. ft. and high-end amenities such as distinctive dining offerings, concierge services, weekly housekeeping, scheduled transportation, security and emergency response and an engaging lifestyle, we would love to speak with you as you seek out senior apartments in Charlotte.

When More Care is Needed

Other senior living options for those requiring higher levels of care and assistance include Assisted Living Communities and Skilled Nursing Facilities. WebMD shares a more detailed breakdown of the services you’ll find in Assisted Living Communities and Skilled Nursing Facilities on their website. Briar Creek Health Center, located on The Barclay campus, offers additional levels of care including assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation.

The Barclay at SouthPark is a remarkable new retirement community in North Carolina with unparalleled offerings, including elegant independent living apartment homes, high-end amenities, distinctive dining options, concierge services and an engaging lifestyle that emphasizes whole-person wellness. Request your free brochure online or contact us at 980-224-8540.

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The Barclay at SouthPark

4801 Barclay Downs Drive
Charlotte, NC 28210


Briar Creek Health Center

6041 Piedmont Row Drive South
Charlotte, NC 28210