When you are looking at 55+ active adult communities, you are probably thinking about all the fun activities and the wonderful amenities that the community has. The active adult lifestyle is what draws us to these communities.
One of the most important things to evaluate when looking for a place to move, is if there are good and adequate medical systems nearby. I would highly suggest finding and checking out the nearest hospital to the community.
Lucky for us, the 55+ community we chose has a brand new 100 bed hospital (Northeast Georgia Medial Center)right new door. That’s a picture of our hospital at the top of this post. This was before the coronavirus hit, so now it’s even more important to us.
Believe me, we would not have moved here if not for that hospital. It was not the reason we moved here, but without it would have been a reason NOT to move here.
If you are old enough to qualify to live in an Over 55 Community, then you probably already know how important it is to have quality medial services nearby. When there is a hospital nearby, then there is always clusters of medial office buildings nearby as well, all occupied by doctors of all kinds of specialties. Plus all hospitals have an emergency room.
The good news is that site selection for many of the developers of the larger 55+ communities make sure medical services are nearby.
Besides the all important medical services that hospitals provide, there are other benefits offered. Some say the cafeteria next door at our hospital is pretty darn good, serving three main meals a day. My wife took yoga classes there and I met with the hospital this morning about starting a walking group. They have a full calendar of talks about healthy living as well as disease management.
Every month one of the nearby doctors comes to give a talk at our community about medical conditions. It’s kind of nice to go to those Doctor talks because you get a preview of the doctors’ personality was well as their expertise.
So don’t go straight to the hospital finder to start looking for a 55+ community but put a hospital near by on the required checklist.