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Finding and Selecting the Proper Senior Living Community in Arizona

Jun 25, 2008
Arizona, thanks to its hot, dry dessert climate is home of beautiful landscapes. If you grow up in Arizona, you learn to love it despite its harsh conditions. Even if you didn't grow up there, it might be a place where you want to live out your post-retirement days.

If your parents or other family members are reaching a point where they prefer to maintain their independence but need assistance, and you are considering sending them to a retirement home, it can be a very difficult decision. You may feel like you are "kicking them to the curb" or worry that they will feel like you are abandoning them or feel like they've become too much of a burden.

The retirement homes of old didn't really inspire much confidence in family members that their loved ones were being treated well and were able to lead a fulfilling, happy life. However, things don't need to be like that for your family.

Some modern "retirement homes" are barely discernable from any other community, the only giveaway being that the residents are older citizens mingling with scrubs-wearing younger folks. And when considering a place for your loved ones to live where they can retain their independence while receiving the assisted living conditions they require, this is the kind of community that you can send them to without the guilt involved in a stereotypical or standard retirement home.

What to Look for in an Arizona Assisted-Living Retirement Community

A retirement home should be less of a "retirement" home (where you go to "retire" permanently) and more of a place where it feels more like a real home rather than an elephant graveyard. Freedom, privacy, excellent living conditions, great activities, and even classes that allow you to continue learning new skills are just a few of the things you ought to be able to expect from a premier senior living community in Arizona.

Not a retirement home, but a senior living community. If you are considering sending your parents or others to it, then you ought to be feeling that you should be so lucky to be sent there yourself, even at a much younger, active age.

There are senior living communities in Arizona that are able to provide living conditions, along with the assisted living, that feels more like a private, gated condominium community where the local residents get together and participate in regular games and activities, and it just happens to have care givers that truly care and help provide a quality of life to be envied by those "too young" to be considered for entry into such an elite community.

Find a place that will cause you to envy your parent or other loved one, and you'll know you've found the right place.
About the Author
Courtyard Towers of Arizona (http://www.courtyardtowersarizona.com) is a senior living community in Mesa, Arizona that provides assisted living with dignity, respect, and plenty of activities to keep one busy and loving life. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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