For senior citizens that plan on downgrading from their house to an apartment, it is important to know what you are looking for when you downgrade. Before you go out and find apartments for senior citizens, figure out exactly what you want. Some factors you want to consider include how the apartment is built, the location of the apartment, and also the services that are offered on the complex.
When you are looking at the physical layout of the apartment you will want to determine what would work for you. For example, if you are not able to go upstairs, then a ground floor apartment would be good for you. If you are in a wheelchair, then you would want a place that has a more open floor plan. The hallways and doors should be wide enough that you can fit through.
The next characteristic of the apartment you should look at is whether or not is close to shopping areas or close to transportation. If you are unable to drive these would certainly be something important to consider. Also, make sure that the surrounding area is a good area. It would not be a good idea to rent in a crime infested area as you would have to deal with break-ins or worse.
Also consider what types of activities are offered on complex. Sometimes apartment complexes that only allow seniors will plan some events. It would be a good way for you to get to know your neighbors and make new friends.
Finally, you should look at several senior citizen apartment complexes to get a good idea of what you want. You will want to evaluate the rental price. A higher rent probably means the apartment is in a good area with lots of amenities. A lower rent would probably mean you get less out of the apartment. However, everyone’s budget is different so some seniors can afford to pay more while others not. For those seniors that are in the low income range, you could apply for government assistance.