Moving to a Retirement Community

Frequently Asked Questions

Care communities are not just for when you can no longer care for yourself. They are built around the needs of their residents and have many amenities that can be beneficial no matter your health condition or circumstances.

As with any major life transition, it is always better to plan ahead rather than have to make a rushed decision due to a medical emergency.

Yes! A wealth of resources are available on the National Resource Center On LGBTQ+ Aging website.

To find out how to access VA long-term care services, contact a VA social worker or call the toll-free hotline at 877-222-8387. You can also review information on VA nursing homes, assisted living, and home health care at

The right time for you will depend on your health, social goals, and support network. The need for care can arise suddenly, such as after a heart attack or stroke. Most often, however, it develops gradually. Start learning about the many community living options available so you can be an active part of choosing your next step.