How To Find the Right Residence Size for Seniors

Jan 26, 2023 | Senior Living Resources, Life at East Ridge

When it comes to senior living, one size does not fit all. Everyone’s needs are different, and that’s why it’s important to find a senior living community that offers a variety of programming, health services, and floor plans. 

Many older adults are skeptical that a senior living residence won’t provide enough square footage or feel like home. The truth is, there are many upsides to downsizing to a smaller home.

If you’re tired of the home maintenance that comes with a large home or need extra assistance with everyday activities, a fresh start in a smaller space could be the reprieve you’ve been looking for.

East Ridge at Cutler Bay is a retirement community offering a variety of living options that meet your desire for rightsized, worry-free living. You won’t feel like you’re downsizing at all at a 76-acre, sprawling community like ours. Learn the benefits of downsizing your home and how to choose the right residence for you.

The benefits of downsizing to senior living

Downsizing may seem overwhelming, but it can also bring a great sense of relief. Here are just a few ways in which you can benefit from the process:

  • No more home maintenance.

At our senior living community, all maintenance is taken care of for you – no additional fees for home repairs or utilities. This means you’ll be able to spend more time taking part in activities you enjoy without worrying about daily household chores.

  • Less stuff.

Your family home may be filled with furniture, decor, tools and clothing you no longer use. Downsizing is the perfect way to eliminate clutter and keep practical items and objects that have the most sentimental value instead. 

  • True, worry-free living.

At East Ridge at Cutler Bay, you’ll find convenient services and amenities and different levels of senior care – including assisted living and memory support – in one convenient location. No more property taxes to pay, either. Just the comfort of a perfectly sized, single-story residence met with a fulfilling, independent lifestyle and unlimited access to support.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the major benefits of downsizing, you can feel more confident moving to a senior living community. Before you do, ask yourself and community team members the following important questions.

Questions to ask before selecting a senior living apartment or Garden Home

As you begin looking for senior living floor plans, here are some questions you can ask to help determine a floor plan that fits your lifestyle. 

  1. How many bedrooms do you require?
    If you’re expecting frequent visits from family members and friends, a guest room will come in handy. Or, you may be living with someone who requires the need for a separate bedroom.
  2. Does the community have an ample amount of common spaces?
    Many communities allow residents to use dining rooms and communal spaces when inviting guests to visit; that way residents don’t feel like they have to remain in their homes to host gatherings. If you do like to keep get-togethers intimate, just be sure your residence has a spacious living room. At East Ridge, we have areas like a state-of-the-art fitness center, library, resource center, and creative arts studio, which can also make it easier for you to step out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and try something new.
  3. How much storage space will you need?
    Downsizing before you begin planning your move will help you determine just how much space you’ll actually need to live a worry-free life. Some residences come with less closet space, and in that case, we have a few expert tips for you.

First, try to incorporate multipurpose furniture into your new space. Some sofas and tables double as storage pieces. We also recommend storage that takes up less real estate and fits seamlessly under beds and into closets, out of the way of yourself and guests.

Find a wonderful senior living residence in Cutler Bay, FL.

At East Ridge at Cutler Bay, our senior living community near Miami, FL, is all about choices. To accommodate your needs and tastes, we offer a variety of independent living and assisted living community floor plans that provide the perfect amount of comfort and space. We encourage all residents to personalize their new homes and settle into a worry-free lifestyle. Take the next steps in securing your new Garden Home or senior living apartment in Cutler Bay today.