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Fact vs. fiction

Dispelling myths about moving to Riderwood

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July 6th, 2015

With so many different types of retirement communities, each offering different lifestyles, amenities, and price points, choosing one that’s right for you can be a difficult decision. Conflicting information makes it even more burdensome—from friends’ opinions to reports in the media. Here, we clear up some common misconceptions about Rid... and help shed light on what is fact and what is fiction. 

Fiction: I’ll lose my independence if I move to a retirement community.

Fact: Riderwood provides the resources that enable you to stay independent for as long as possible. 

It’s a misconception that continuing care retirement communities are for “old people” who are no longer able to live on their own. The people living at Riderwood are active and independent. They have vibrant social lives on and off campus. Many still drive cars, and some even continue to work full- or part-time. 

In fact, many residents say that living at Riderwood is precisely why they are able to live such active, independent lives. Because the community is maintenance-free, residents don’t have to worry about things like mowing lawns, shoveling snow, or even cooking dinner. That gives them more free time to focus on the activities they truly enjoy—spending time with grandchildren, building encore careers, or traveling, to name a few. 

Furthermore, Riderwood has in place many resources, such as an on-site fitness center and medical center that help residents stay in the best possible health, which, in turn, enables them to remain independent for longer. 

Fiction: It will be difficult to make friends at Riderwood.

Fact: Most residents find it quite easy to meet people who share their interests.

Riderwood is home to a diverse population of more than 2,000 retirees. Residents come from many walks of life. 

On any given night in the dining room, you might meet a former Maryland schoolteacher, a retired doctor or lawyer, or someone who worked in the federal government. 

Residents say nightly meals in the community’s restaurants are a no-pressure way to meet their neighbors. If you don’t already have plans to dine with a friend, if you’d like, the hostess will seat you at a table with other residents, making it easy to begin conversations that often lead to lasting friendships. 

What’s more, Riderwood has dozens of resident-run clubs and committees, so finding people with whom you have something in common is easy. Whether you’re into sports, politics, art, fitness, or crafting, you’re bound to find a club—and many potential new friends—that match your interests. 

Fiction: I won’t be able to afford to live at Riderwood.

Fact: Most residents say the cost of living at Riderwood is comparable to what they paid to live in their houses but with fewer surprise expenses.

Maybe you’ve already paid off your mortgage, but that doesn’t mean living in your house is free. Expenses like property taxes, routine maintenance, and periodic repairs (like the new roof you didn’t budget for), plus utilities and groceries all add up very quickly. 

At Riderwood, living expenses are bundled into a predictable monthly service package, which helps you stick to you budget and manage your cash flow. 

Living at Riderwood also helps with long-term financial planning. The refundable entrance deposit allows you to secure your nest egg and promote a financial legacy for your family. 

And you have peace of mind with Riderwood’s “home for life” pledge. Riderwood is dedicated to supporting residents who experience an unforeseen change in financial situation. Should your finances change for reasons beyond your control, our home for life commitment provides several options so you can protect your future. Carefully read the Residence and Care Agreement for full details.

Fiction: I won’t be able to host or entertain my family and friends in a smaller home.

Fact: Riderwood offers many spacious apartment home styles that feature spare bedrooms and large dining rooms, making it easy to host overnight guests and family dinners. 

Selling a house that is larger than you need doesn’t mean the end of sleepovers with the grandkids or your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Riderwood has a variety of one- and two-bedroom apartment homes designed to suit a range of lifestyles. 

All homes have full kitchens, and many feature spacious dining rooms that are perfect for holiday gatherings. Many residents have spare bedrooms where they host grandchildren or other family members for overnight visits. 

In fact, living at Riderwood actually makes it easier to host guests. Grandchildren love swimming in the indoor pool and eating dinner with Grandma and Grandpa at Riderwood’s restaurants. 

And if you’re not in the mood to cook for a holiday, for an additional cost, you can reserve a private dining room where Riderwood’s dining staff will serve a delicious meal to your family—no cleanup required. Instead of staying at a hotel, family members and friends can spend the night in one of Riderwood’s comfortable and convenient guest suites.

Fiction: Downsizing will be too stressful.

Fact: Riderwood’s personal moving consultant makes it easy for residents to rightsize their lives. 

Stress about the moving process is a common concern among retirees. But the people who have moved to Riderwood have learned that the process wasn’t as difficult as they feared it would be. That’s because residents work with Kimberly Schoeberlein and Diane Thometz, Riderwood’s personal moving consultants, who are on hand to help every step of the way. 

Schoeberlein and Thometz personally visit prospective residents’ homes to help them begin the downsizing and moving process. They also connect people as needed to trusted professionals like real estate agents, movers, estate sale managers, and interior decorators. 

Many residents report that their move to Riderwood was the easiest move of their lives because they were able to rely on a team of professionals to handle logistics like selling their house, packing and unpacking, and arranging furniture in their new home.