FAQ

A. The definition of the English word Resort is “a place to which people go for rest, relaxation, recreation, help, relief, aid, service and support.” A Retirement Resort is therefore “a place to which people retire for rest, relaxation, recreation, help, relief, aid, service and support.”

Just as the best places to ski, golf and play tennis are ski resortsgolf resorts and tennis resorts, Retirement Resorts are recognized by Senior Hospitality International as the best places to retire because they provide Retirement Living at its Healthiest®

A. Everyone has a unique timetable, but here are four principles to consider: 

  1. START EARLY
    It’s never too early to start searching for your ideal Retirement Resort. Every community has a unique set of pros & cons, contract options, fee structures and refund plans – there’s a lot to learn and compare. Narrow down your options to your Top 3 and visit as many as you can. Some offer free “Staycations” to serious prospects.
  1. JOIN SEVERAL WAITLISTS
    It’s also never too early to join waitlists at your Top 3 Retirement Resorts. Some communities have very long waitlists, so join them long before you’re ready to move in. Most waitlists have a 100% cancellation refund.
  1. VISIT OFTEN
    Visit your top 3 Retirement Resorts often – meals, concerts, special events, etc and get to know which one “fits” you best.
  1. EXPERIENCING LONELINESS & BOREDOM?
    These are two signals that you’re ready!
  1. MOVE IN 5 YEARS BEFORE YOU’RE “READY!”
    The longer you wait the more fun you’ll miss!
A. There is no fee for certification. Senior Hospitality International is an independent, autonomous organization that does not own or operate any Retirement Resorts. If a community demonstrates its ability to provide Retirement Living at its Healthiest®, it is not charged for Retirement Resort certification. Communities are also not charged referral fees for new residents.

A. While certification and most certification benefits are provided free of charge (official certificate, press release, and standard listing on SeniorHospitality.com), there is an optional fee-based Premier Profile listing on RetirementResorts.com available to certified communities.

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One Service-Level

Independent Living (I.L.) only

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Two Service-Levels

I.L. plus one Healthcare Service-Level (such as Assisted Living Services, Nursing Care Services, or Memory Care Services)

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Three Service-Levels

I.L. plus two Healthcare Service-Levels

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Four Service-Levels

I.L. plus three Healthcare Service-Levels