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Is There a 'Best' Time to Move to a Retirement Community?

Deciding to move to a retirement community is a significant life decision that requires thoughtful consideration and planning. Over the years, we have met many seniors and their families going through the process of determining the optimal timing for such a transition. While there may not be a universally "right" time to make the move, answering the following questions will help you and your family assess when the timing is best suited to your needs and preferences.

Are You Looking for a Safe Environment to Enjoy Your Golden Years?

Safety and security in a retirement community are paramount considerations to ensure the well-being and peace of mind of its residents. At Winnwood, we prioritize a secure environment by implementing measures such as 24/7 security, well-lit pathways, emergency response systems and secure entry points. 

Not only this, but retirement communities protect their residents against the threat of fire through comprehensive fire safety measures. These include the installation of state-of-the-art fire detection and alarm systems, regular fire drills, and the implementation of emergency evacuation plans. Buildings are often equipped with sprinkler systems and fire-resistant materials to mitigate the spread of flames. 

Do Mom and Dad Need More Care?

Changes in daily living activities, such as struggles with cooking, cleaning, home maintenance or maintaining a personal care regime, could be early indicators that your parents need support. Seniors who are experiencing declining health or mobility challenges may find that transitioning to a senior living community provides access to essential care services and assistance with these daily activities. Moving at the right time can help your loved ones maintain their independence while ensuring their health needs are adequately addressed. 

Touring retirement communities with your parents is a valuable and compassionate step towards finding the appropriate care option. 

Have You Been Experiencing Loneliness?

Loneliness and social isolation can have detrimental effects on seniors' mental and emotional well-being. Moving to a retirement community can offer opportunities for socialization and engagement with peers, reducing feelings of isolation and fostering a sense of community. If you are someone who prioritizes social connections and values participating in activities and events, you may find that the right time to move is when you are seeking companionship and a supportive social environment.

Being a resident at Winnwood offers amazing amenities and unlimited activities. There is no need to leave the property to experience fine dining, live musical entertainment, intellectual discussions, or even shopping! We believe that when the mind is happy and being stimulated, a person’s overall attitude and health is improved. Residents can participate in as many activities as they like, or as few as they choose!

Is Home Maintenance Becoming a Chore?

Each individual has unique lifestyle preferences and priorities that can influence the decision to move to a retirement community. But you are living independently in your own house, you still have all the responsibilities (and costs) associated with homeownership. This can include to-dos like home maintenance or repairs, paying for homeowner’s insurance, taking care of the lawn, and even daily to-do items like picking up food at the supermarket and cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

At Winnwood, we provide services to simplify your life and enhance your independence. Services like meal preparation, apartment maintenance, landscaping, housekeeping, transportation and activities. Imagine never having to make home repairs, change a lightbulb, or mow the grass. We take care of it all!

Are You Reaching the Age of 55?

In our conversations with residents and their families, we find that the happiest and least-stressed residents are glad that they started planning for a move to an independent living community at least a year or two before they turned 55. Since many independent living communities for seniors operate with a waiting list, planning for a move and finding the right community ahead of time can prevent any hiccups or delays in your move. 

We find that many seniors and families like to plan for a move to independent living for several years before they actually turn 55. This can help families make a seamless transition, and can also help prevent hitting unnecessary snags (like having to go on a waiting list).


The decision of when to move to a retirement community is deeply personal and depends on individual circumstances, needs, and preferences. Whether seeking additional support and care, craving social connections, or desiring a maintenance-free lifestyle, senior living communities offer a range of options to accommodate diverse needs and help seniors thrive in their golden years.

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