Thursday, March 10, 2011

It’s Never Too Soon For You To Consider ‘Independent Living’ Options

There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation when it comes to senior housing options, and with good reason. 
Unfortunately, most families don’t take the time to explore the options in the community, or understand the varying levels of care available until someone in their family has an immediate need.  This can result in a hasty placement and sometimes not the best fit.  It is easy to put off thinking about leaving your home of many years, but, with a bit of learning and planning ahead, the decision and the move can be much easier. 
Most seniors choose to stay in their homes until their health deteriorates to the point where they can no longer properly care for themselves. There is a growing population of seniors whose health is still good, but they are tired of living alone.  Or, as is more often the case, they simply do not want the responsibilities of homeownership with all the related tasks and expenses both inside and out. 
This expanding group of seniors has begun to spawn more “Independent Living” communities.   St. James’ Retirement Community is a moderately priced, non-denominational, not-for-profit “Independent Living” community currently with 53 residents making their homes in 46 apartments and duplex homes, all on one level. 
Our residents and their families tend to their own health-care needs, but they desire the socialization and broad range of services found in Independent Living facilities. 
At St. James’ Retirement Community our services include dining, transportation, cleaning, activities, chapel, life-net system, special events programs and more.  Utilities, including cable, and all maintenance, inside and out is our responsibility in our apartments. All maintenance, inside and out is also included in our duplex homes.  Our experienced and dedicated staff enjoys a close relationship with our residents.
It may not be this year or next, but if you think Independent Living could be in your future, please do yourself a good deed and learn about St. James. Openings do not happen every day, so planning ahead is wise. Our unique Equity option plan reduces your monthly out-of-pocket expense without the headaches of homeownership.
No matter how long you live at St. James’ Retirement Community, you will never be refunded less that 50 percent of your initial payment. Of course, we will be happy to give you a tour so please call ahead and let us show you our place and a good value for your future years.   

Kathy Clarkson is the manager of St. James’ Retirement Community, County Route 47, Oneonta.  Call 607-436-9974, or visit


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