Senior community in Rochester, New York, offers forever home options

Cottages, apartment residences with amenities part of the options at St. Ann’s Community


Featured in Democrat & Chronicle on February 23, 2022

I’m going to exercise more. I’m going to eat a healthier diet. I’m going to do something for myself. The idea of a New Year’s resolution is so ingrained in our society that we tend to find ourselves making them almost subconsciously. A resolution is the perfect motivator for making a commitment to do something outside of our comfort zone, almost always for our own benefit.

For many seniors, that intimidating task is deciding to make those first phone calls to learn more about a senior living community. “There can be a lot of unfamiliar terms and phrases when you first start researching a senior community,” said Brian Burger, marketing representative for St. Ann’s Community. “So many people call us, and they’re just unsure of where to start. We’re used to that, we’re very good at getting people pointed in the right direction.”

The thought of a move during a typical Western New York winter is often enough to deter someone from beginning their search for a new home, but it’s a great time to reach out to some of your choice communities to start having those initial conversations. One of the biggest advantages of beginning your search during the winter months is that it’s more likely you’ll find the exact cottage or apartment location you want available, because fewer people are looking.

“We spend a lot of time in January and February getting ready for the springtime rush,” said Burger. “Starting around April, the openings tend to get claimed very quickly, and before we know it we’re back to waiting lists and reservations.”

Another plus is that often in the quieter winter months, many communities take advantage of the available time and they will add even more extras to the units they are getting ready. While you can always expect fresh paint and restored or replaced carpeting, you may find bigger and better upgrades in the winter months as these communities gear up for springtime traffic.

For people who want the extra space and feel of a stand-alone home, a cottage home at a senior community will have all of the charm and updated finishes you’d expect. And with all the campus activities, multiple dining locations, housekeeping services, club rooms and a focus on wellness, people often find themselves wondering why they didn’t make the move sooner.

“It’s great to be able to offer options,” said Burger. “Cottage homes offer more privacy and more space, while apartments encourage more comradery and socialization. Whichever setting you choose, you can always expect a great array of safety features and amenities.”

If you’re considering a move to a senior community this spring, you probably have a lot on your plate already. Having options is important, so if you can find a spare moment, consider calling your community of choice over the next few weeks and see what they have to offer. Once you get those more intimidating initial conversations out of the way, the search for your next home can even become fun. You’ll not only be more comfortable in knowing what to expect, you may also be pleasantly surprised by what’s available. Who knows — your dream home may be sparkling new, and waiting for you to be the first one to see it.

Any senior community across the country will tell you that the most common thing they hear from their newest residents is “I wish I had done this sooner!”

“That’s true here too,” said Burger. “People might take a week or two to really get settled in, and then suddenly they realize that right outside of their door is a whole new world of fun, good food and new friends. Seeing it all come together is absolutely the best part of what we do.”

Learn more about St. Ann’s Community in Rochester, New York, where the mission is focused on caring for the most important people on Earth. Visit today.

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