We’ve talked a lot already about how Supportive Housing can help low-income seniors live happy, healthy, fully independent lives without sacrificing the help they might need to remain independent. But no matter what type of housing you’re searching for, the details can vary tremendously. You want – and deserve – accommodations and an environment that meet your needs safely and comfortably.
But why not aspire to more?
If you’re considering a move, now is the time to consider your preferences as well as your needs. Low income doesn’t mean you should settle for low quality or too-limited options, especially since staying active and mentally engaged are keys to good health and well-being as you age. Each person is different, so what matters most to you?
For example, where do you want to live? If long-time friends, adult children and grandchildren are nearby, you probably want to stay local. If loved ones are too far for inexpensive travel, maybe a move closer to them would be ideal. Time passes so quickly!
What kind of surroundings would you like? All of our Magnolia Manor campuses offer beautifully and well-maintained grounds as well as a panoply of activities and amenities. Each is different, though, so you’ll find a different setting at Macon as opposed to Americus, the two campuses where we offer independent Supportive Housing.
As you investigate your options, you’ll want to ask some specific questions, such as:
- Exactly what is provided in the monthly cost? (You will have to pay for anything else that you may want or need.)
- What is the policy regarding visiting children?
- What transportation is available? Is it free?
- What kind of activities or facilities are included for residents?
- How much do residents interact with the wider community?
- What are the security and emergency procedures?
At Magnolia Manor, Supportive Housing for independent seniors at Americus or Macon offers more than an affordable roof over your head. Beyond the basics of safety and comfort, you can live an enriching, fulfilling, and carefree life.
Come See Us to See for Yourself
The only way to know for sure whether an independent living option is right for you is to see it in person. Phone calls and reading material cannot give you the flavor of the place, or tell you what your future neighbors are like, or allow you to meet the staff. So, normally we would invite you for a tour. And, once pandemic-inspired restrictions are lifted, we will do just that. We encourage seniors and adult children to join us.
Here are some tips for when you do visit:
- Look around, to get a feel for the overall ambiance. Is it noisy and chaotic, or pleasant and peaceful?
- Look at an apartment like the one you would be living in. Can you picture yourself here?
- Do residents and staff look happy? Do they smile and say hi?
- Meet some of them. Ask residents what they like best and if there is something they don’t like. Are care-giving staff warm and friendly as well as competent?
- Check out the facilities – wellness center, indoor and outdoor activity areas, etc.
- Is there a chapel or onsite chaplain? Not all senior independent living communities have these things, but as a faith-based organization Magnolia Manor’s campuses provide spiritual support as a key component of daily life for those who are interested.
Deciding to make a move requires a lot of decision-making, and it can be stressful. Advance planning relieves pressure, so doing your research now will help you make better decisions and feel confident when it is time to take action. Advance planning is also important because the vast majority of Section 202 Supportive Housing properties have waiting lists. In fact, you may well find a waiting list just to apply for eligibility.
Fortunately, we can tell you that we usually do not have a waiting list for Supportive Housing at Magnolia Manor, though that could change of course. You can make the decision to join us in Macon or Americus and become our newest resident sooner than you think. Smart move!
The key to aging in place for every senior is to stay active and engaged, mentally as well as physically. You may have less when it comes to income, but choosing Supportive Housing in a broad-based senior living community can give you so much.
Magnolia Manor independent residents live in surroundings that capture Georgia’s natural beauty. They have time and private space for quiet, alone moments. There’s interesting friends to reminisce with or share new experiences with. Residents can also enjoy exceptional, devoted staff who consider every person part of our family.
Why settle for less, when you can choose an environment that is rich with opportunities to expand your mind, strengthen your body, and lift your spirit.