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5 Tips for Choosing a Senior Living Apartment Floor Plan That Meets Your Needs

July 19, 2019

Floorplan schematic with a large smiley face imposed above it.

You’ve made the big decision to move to a senior living community. Now comes the fun part (at least, that’s what we think) … finding a floor plan that works for your needs and your lifestyle. Making the right decision isn’t always easy, though, especially if you’re downsizing in preparation for your next big move. 

“Let’s address the fact that moving in general is a stressful process,” says Christine Denton, Executive Director of Heartis Village of Brookfield in Brookfield, WI. “Packing, going through all the stuff you’ve accumulated and trying to figure out how your life will fit in your new space can get frustrating, even though you know it will be fun once it’s all complete. 

As you’re thinking about what the layout of your new apartment should be, Christine says you need to remember what’s important for you now and what will be important in the future.

“Some people may find they don’t need a lot of space while others will discover they require more than they expected,” she says. “You’ll also want to plan for future health issues and whether or not that will affect your quality of life to the point where you’d need to move again. If you’re hoping to stay put in your new space for as long as possible, you may wish to secure an apartment that can easily transition from independent living to Assisted Living without you having to pack up again.”

As you start planning for this next chapter of your life, here are five tips that will help you find the best floor plan for your new senior apartment and your new senior living lifestyle.

  1. Look beyond the apartment walls.

Having your own private, personal space is essential to having a high quality of life. However, since you’ll be moving to a community, we’re guessing you’ll want to be a part of the community life in some fashion. As you’re looking at floor plans, take the amenities of the community into consideration. Is having a private patio that overlooks nature important to you, or are the shared spaces outdoors enough for you? Would you like an extra bedroom that can be converted into a work or craft space, or does having a smaller space and using community spaces sound more appealing? It’s a little bit like buying a home in the sense that the house is very important, but so is the surrounding neighborhood.

  1. Think about storage needs.

If you’re like most of us, you need a lot less “stuff” in your life than you think. Yes, we know it’s difficult to downsize items that have meaning to you, and that’s totally fine. But in the words of Marie Kondo, you should only be living with items that “spark joy” and mean the most to you – especially when you’re moving to a smaller space.

That doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of everything and live a monastic life. You may find that you need some storage space in your new home (and that’s smart, because everyone needs a place to put holiday decorations, winter clothes and the like). After you’ve gone through your personal items and determined what you want to take to senior living with you, look at the floor plans and see what type of storage space you have available to you. If there isn’t enough for your needs, what can you do to creatively create more? For example, if it’s an unfurnished apartment, you might want to consider getting a bed that has storage space beneath it, or a large armoire that has enough room to put extra sheets, pillows, blankets and other items. If you have a hobby that requires lots of tools and supplies (like sewing), you might want to consider getting an apartment with an extra bedroom that can be converted into storage.  

  1. Determine your kitchen requirements.

One of the nice parts of senior living is that you don’t have to cook ever again if you don’t want to. Many communities are truly maintenance- and chore-free, and offer meal plans in the community dining rooms and areas. Those who enjoy cooking might want a large enough one in their own personal apartment in order to continue to make favorite dishes and entertain friends and family. On the other hand, if you’re looking forward to hanging up your chef’s apron, you may be able to get by with a smaller kitchenette or a “just the basics” utilitarian kitchen.

  1. Entertaining: yes or no?

Do you enjoy having friends and family over for game nights, meals and other gatherings? If so, you may want to consider having a slightly larger space so that everyone can feel comfortable in your new home. An open floor plan may also be a good consideration so that the space doesn’t feel overwhelming and crowded. Less social people may prefer to have a smaller personal area and instead do entertaining and gathering in the community’s common areas.

  1. Really think about how much space you need.

Are you noticing something about all these tips? They all have one thing in common: thinking about space. “Space” is the biggest consideration for many when it comes to choosing the right senior living apartment.

The truth of the matter is that a larger apartment floor plan will translate to a higher monthly fee. You don’t want to end up choosing a home that will tax you financially now or in the future. Are you moving to a community by yourself or is your spouse coming with you? Are their pieces of furniture that have personal meaning and need to come with you? Will you need space to store hobby materials or entertain or do other things that you enjoy? Only you can answer those questions, but you may need to do some real soul-searching to determine what you need and what you want.

Floor Plans for a Variety of Needs at Heartis Village of Brookfield

We offer a variety of floor plans to meet your needs at Heartis Village of Brookfield. Our assisted living floor plans offer studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom deluxe and two-bedroom apartments. Residents in our Memory Support community will enjoy their own private apartment with full bath.  

We Would Love to Hear from You!

If you have comments or questions about Heartis Village of Brookfield or our signature VIVA!SM programming, we’d love to hear from you. Just call 262-422-6591. 

Be Inspired. Every Day.

Opening Late 2019!

Offering Assisted Living andA Knew Day® Memory Support, Heartis Village of Brookfield in Brookfield, WI, has a unique perspective on senior living that changes minds … and changes lives.  

While many people think all senior living communities are the same, that couldn’t be further from the truth. At Heartis Village of Brookfield, you’ll notice our difference right away. We believe that moving to a senior living community is a natural step in life’s journey that should be celebrated and supported. That’s why we provide an enriching lifestyle where our residents can Be Inspired. Every Day! 

The desire to lead a full, active and meaningful life never diminishes, even if we need care to live an independent lifestyle. So our signature assisted living and A Knew Day® Memory Support provides our residents with everything they need to experience an engaging lifestyle. What does that mean, exactly? It means…

  • Enjoying a lifestyle free from worries with services, amenities, dignity and independence
  • Experiencing choice and convenience with an array of floor plans, programming and more
  • Focusing on health and wellness – physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Having the support of caring professionals who believe aging is a process that should be celebrated and applauded

Offering a variety of apartment floor plans, award-winning VIVA!SM programming by Pathway to Living®, delicious dining options, programming designed around the seven dimensions of wellness and so much more, Heartis Village of Brookfield provides assisted living and memory care residents with the best of both worlds – the inspiring lifestyle they deserve with the exceptional care they need.

For more information, please call us at 262-422-6591.