Why choose Avery Point?

Clearing up misconceptions about senior living options

Created date

September 21st, 2020

Adam Zubowsky is one of two sales counselors at Avery Point, the new Erickson Senior Living community coming to Short Pump, Va. Read on to discover why Avery Point is a wonderful option for retirees looking for senior independent living in Richmond. 

Dispelling Continuing Care Retirement Community Myths

While he and the Avery Point sales team know that this is a smart next move as you consider your options for the future, they also recognize some people may have reservations. To help sort fact from fiction, Zubowsky shared the truth behind some common myths about continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).

Myth 1: CCRCs are for people who can’t take care of themselves anymore.

CCRC senior living is meant for active, older adults. Most residents live independently in maintenance-free apartment homes and enjoy the convenience of having a wide range of services and resources right on campus. They continue to work, volunteer, and travel while residing in their community. 

CCRCs do offer assisted living and nursing care in a dedicated continuing care neighborhood located on the grounds of the community. This arrangement is ideal for those who want to live an active, independent lifestyle, with added peace of mind that higher levels of care are readily available, should they ever be needed.

Myth 2: Living with older people will be boring and depressing.

Active senior living communities like Avery Point have a long list of activities to choose from, including resident-run clubs, continuing education classes, and dozens of volunteer opportunities both on and off campus. Once built, Avery Point’s clubhouse will have a fitness center, pool, and a pub and café where community members can relax over a meal with friends. 

Much like a college campus, Avery Point neighbors are free to be as active as they choose. There are lots of opportunities for social interaction as well as places to enjoy solitary pursuits. 

Myth 3: The CCRC senior living lifestyle is too costly.

Living at a CCRC often costs about the same as staying in your house, but it comes with higher value. Regular expenses like utilities, property taxes, and select meals are covered by a single monthly service fee that stays the same all year long. You also won’t be burdened with surprise repairs or upkeep costs. Maintenance inside and outside your apartment home, a 24-hour concierge, and biweekly housekeeping and linen service are also included in the monthly service fee. 

Myth 4: I’ll never fit everything into an apartment.

The number one concern most people have about moving from their house is downsizing, but many CCRCs offer services to help you sort through your belongings and prepare to move to a smaller space. Avery Point has dedicated sales counselors, like Zubowsky, who will not only help you downsize but will also assist you with finding a real estate agent, suggesting improvements to increase the value of your house, and securing a reliable moving company.

Myth 5: My family won’t get any money back.

If this is a concern for you, choose a Type C fee-for-service community like Avery Point. You’ll have the option of securing your apartment home with a one-time entrance fee that is either 80% refundable or nonrefundable (the Residence and Care Agreement has full details). Most importantly, you’ll only pay for higher levels of care if you need them—an approach that could save you thousands of dollars while protecting your hard-earned nest egg. 

Myth 6: It would be easier to get additional care in my current home.

This may be true, but home care may further isolate those who are not able to leave the house on their own. Plus, it is commonly expensive to hire in-home care. Leaving home is understandably a hard decision, but having guaranteed health care closer to your door, when or if needed, will offer you security and peace of mind.

Learn More About Avery Point Retirement Community

If you’re looking for senior living homes in Richmond, Avery Point could be your dream retirement home. When you choose Avery Point, you’ll gain more than a stylish, maintenance-free apartment home—you’ll gain a welcoming community with a rich array of amenities, activities, and services. Request a brochure, or if you live in a different area of the country, find a continuing care retirement community near you.