If you delay choosing your future home until you need the services of a continuing care retirement community, you may miss out on some incredible experiences. Not only does selecting a senior living community early give you and your family members peace of mind about your future, but it can also give you the chance to enjoy the lifestyle you want before you even become a resident.
Some communities offer a senior living waitlist — like “The Queue” at Querencia at Barton Creek — that lets you begin planning your future while you’re in your prime and take advantage of numerous features, amenities and activities right away.
Joining a senior living waitlist lets you defer move-in but immediately begin experiencing the benefits of life as a resident of the community you’ve chosen, giving you a chance to make the most of the rich and rewarding days ahead.
A head start meeting the neighbors
Living in a retirement community puts you close to peers in the same stage of life. Developing social relationships with your neighbors allows you to strengthen ties to your new community and build anticipation for your move. At Querencia, resident happy hours and other social events created especially for The Queue members make it easy to connect with others who share your vision for retirement living.
Early access to community amenities
The lifestyle a retirement community offers is often its strongest appeal, but access to those amenities is typically restricted to residents. However, if you’re on a senior living waitlist, you may have the same privileges as a resident, such as weekly activities like guest speakers, book club and musical performances, as well as use of amenities like the fitness center and pool.
A plan for future health care needs
Your senior living choices are as much about your health as where you’ll live and the lifestyle you’ll enjoy. A Life Care community ensures your needs will be met no matter what the future holds. While you may enter the community’s independent living apartment homes and villas, your long-term health needs can be served with a complete continuum of high-quality care spanning assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehab.
Priority in selecting your new home
As a future resident on a senior living waitlist, you will be asked to specify which type of floor plan is most appealing to you. Then, when your name reaches the top of the list and a unit that matches your preferences is available, you’ll have the opportunity to claim that unit before it’s available to the public. If you’re not ready to make the move just yet, most communities will allow you to continue waiting. However, you’ll want to be sure you know the terms of your contract, as turning down an available unit may mean you’ll wait a long time for your next opportunity.
Expert resources for retirement living
A transition into retirement living brings plenty of questions. As a waitlist member, you may be able to get helpful guidance from the expert staff at your new community. For example, at Querencia, waitlist members receive a complimentary consultation with a professional move planner.
Joining a waitlist
To join a community waitlist, most communities require a deposit that reserves your spot in line. Under certain circumstances, your deposit may be refundable, so be sure you clearly understand those terms before committing.
If you need to move immediately but the floor plan or location you want isn’t available, you may be eligible for an internal waiting list. As long as the community’s occupancy rate can accommodate you, this approach lets you live in temporary quarters until your preferred option is available.
A senior living waitlist is a chance to set your plans for the future you envision in motion. Learn more about becoming a member of “The Queue” waitlist at Querencia by filling out the form below.