October 15, 2019
Do you ever procrastinate making decisions?
We all do. The big decisions can be particularly hard, like deciding on whether to even consider a retirement living community like Kendal-Crosslands.
But there are small things you can do now that will ensure you have options later on. We try to eat well and exercise so our health is better long term. We save money so we’ll have a secure retirement. We buy insurance so we’re covered, just in case. And deciding to reserve a spot on the priority list for Kendal-Crosslands Communities is just that- insurance that you have a choice of cottages when you are finally ready to move.
Thinking Ahead Gives You Choices
Have you ever decided to go to dinner and find out the wait times are an hour or longer? Have you thought about seeing a great show in New York, only to find it’s sold out for six months at the very least? We’re having a similar challenge here at Kendal-Crosslands Communities.
Over the last two years, Kendal-Crosslands Communities have seen the number of available cottages shrink and wait times lengthen, especially for our larger cottages. Although Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands each have just over 250 cottages or apartments on their respective campuses, we currently only have one one-bedroom cottage and a few studios currently available. Our current wait times for one bedroom homes can be as long as 6 months. For medium cottages, there is an average wait time of 2 -3 three years, and for our largest homes, the wait could be 6 – 7 years or longer.
This means that many times we get calls from people who think they are planning ahead, looking three years or so down the line, but end up very disappointed to find out the waiting times for their preferred cottage might be even longer than that. This can drastically change retirement living planning and catch people off guard.
That’s why we encourage people to start looking at their long term retirement living options early. We have residents moving in who are as young as 65! If you think you want to move to a retirement community but not until you are 73 or 74, with current wait times, that would mean filling out a priority list application when you’re 66 or 67, in order to make sure you have options.
They’re Going Fast!
Two years ago, we had many more cottages available. Now, we have wait times for almost every size home, and more people are being added to the list every day. With the increasing number of Baby Boomers approaching retirement, high-quality, CARF certified communities like ours are in high demand, and unless you make your “reservation” early by joining the priority list, there’s no guarantee we will have a cottage for you when you decide the time is right.
Regardless of size, if you are interested in Kendal-Crosslands Communities for your independent retirement living, we urge you to join our priority list, to ensure that you reserve your place in line, and have options as you start to move towards retirement.