Your working days may have felt long, but the months and years fly by. Whether you’re approaching retirement or already living it, it’s important to consider what adjustments you may need to make to achieve the lifestyle you’ve envisioned.
Moving into a retirement community is a great option for maintenance-free living, with access to a variety of amenities, activities and onsite healthcare services. On the other hand, staying in your family home after making a few upgrades or renovations may be just what you want. No matter which path you choose, it’s never too soon to start planning and taking steps toward shaping the lifestyle you hoped to have in retirement.
This guide features a variety of senior living communities, renovation services and furnishing ideas to give you insight into what options are available and help you take those first steps toward turning your ideas into reality.
The Area’s Premier Waterfront Retirement Community
BayWoods of Annapolis
Residents at BayWoods of Annapolis start every day with an enchanting view of sailboats dotting the Chesapeake Bay. This full-service continuing care retirement community (CCRC) sits right on the waterfront with the largest apartments on the market, ranging from spacious one bedrooms at 1,000 square feet to a penthouse of 2,500 square feet—all of which boast an enclosed balcony area. It’s an ideal living situation for those who love the outdoors.
The community, which sits on 14 beautiful acres, features a boardwalk and private pier with a newly added deck right on the Bay. Independent living residents stroll the boardwalk and enjoy the sailboat races and fantastic views of the Bay Bridge. Additionally, residents are just minutes away from Historic Downtown Annapolis, which offers many amazing cultural activities and wonderful restaurants.
The BayWoods of Annapolis healthcare center is known for its excellent short-term rehab and homelike assisted living accommodations.
BayWoods of Annapolis is a co-op, so residents are shareholders in the community with equity and tax advantages. Discover all the advantages of BayWoods residence by calling 443-837-1208 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elevating the Retirement Lifestyle
The Carnegie at Washingtonian Center
In spring 2024, The Carnegie at Washingtonian Center will set a new standard in luxury living when the community opens its doors in Gaithersburg, Maryland. As the community moves from concept to reality, attention is now focused on the details that will elevate the lifestyle of future residents.
One such detail is The Carnegie’s partnership with Forbes Five-Star Travel Guide. This program provides associates with five-star hospitality training that sets the standard for providing residents with best-in-class service in the senior living industry.
Further elevating service at The Carnegie is the incorporation of Kisco’s Signature Art of Living Well® program, which prioritizes tailored, whole-person wellness for each resident through customizable activities. Additionally, state-of-the-art wellness equipment and facilities, including an aquatic center with a heated indoor saltwater pool, will be right on campus, along with personal trainers, nutrition experts and other resources that help support and encourage an enriched, active lifestyle.
Those interested in the arts will enjoy spending time crafting in The Carnegie’s creative arts studio, whether they are painting, woodworking or creating pottery. Another key feature will be a rotating art gallery through a community partnership with the Arts and Culture Alliance, featuring local Gaithersburg artists, and will include events, such as art unveilings, wine and cheese nights, and artist guest lectures.
Other premium amenities at the community that support maintenance-free retirement living will include chef-prepared meals, concierge services, valet and chauffeur services, and much more. The Carnegie will offer four types of living that cater to varying needs and abilities: independent living, assisted living, memory care, and club level living.
You don’t need to wait until 2024 to explore what The Carnegie has to offer. Visit the Discovery Center in the Downtown Crown Shopping Center in Gaithersburg, for a look at a two-bedroom model built to scale, complete with a lobby and family room with decor that will be used at The Carnegie at Washingtonian Center. Schedule your tour today at LifeAtTheCarnegie.com.
Update Your Home for Retirement Living
FA Design Build
The kids are grown and out of the house. Now it’s time to turn your family home into your retirement retreat. Consider practical changes as you age and focus on transforming your home—adding a suite on the main level, building a spa-like master bath, redesigning your kitchen. Speak with the designers at FA Design Build and get guidance on retirement renovations—from easy updates to full remodels. For more information call 703-638-1940 or visit FADesignBuild.com.
Offering Health and Happiness to Those Who’ve Served
Falcons Landing, an upscale, CARF-accredited retirement community in Potomac Falls, Virginia, is just a short ride from Metro Washington, D.C. Designed for seniors with military and government backgrounds, Falcons Landing offers the chance to retire in style among peers who have the common bond of service to our country.
Recently voted ‘2022 Best Retirement Community in the Northern Region,’ as well as ‘2022 Best Of’ in Loudoun County by two local reader surveys, this Life Plan Community has the added benefit of being a nonprofit. Falcons Landing offers a full calendar of social events and activities, as well as a limitless array of resort-style activities, unbeatable wellness opportunities, lifelong learning classes, and world-class dining right on campus.
In 2021, Falcons Landing opened the Terrace Home Apartments, adding 24 new open-concept residences that fuse together the best aspects of apartment and cottage living. With such a variety of options to choose from, at this community one can be sure to find a residence that fits just right, whatever their preference of space or style.
If you ask any resident at Falcons Landing, they will tell you the best thing you can do to jump-start your retirement is to reserve your spot. Contact 703-783-2831 or visit FalconsLanding.org to schedule your tour today.
Discover the Joys of Living
Leisure Care Community
Exciting news: More active older adults are making the move to senior living communities as a lifestyle choice, so they can take advantage of the services and amenities before they need them. Leisure Care residents participate in a host of different activities, programs, clubs and committees, where they find fulfillment and purpose. Residents will tell you that living here with other friends who have diverse backgrounds opens the door to wonderful conversations and friendships. Residents also say they have reached their highest levels of happiness while making new friends, and remaining active both mentally and physically, after they move into this lively community. They enjoy strolling the extended walking paths to cozy outdoor fireplace patios. There is something for everyone!
Currently, there is availability to join the active senior community at Leisure Care. Please feel free to reach out anytime. Visit TheLandingOfSilverSpring.com, call 301-388-7700, or email Sales Manager Pamela Rosen at email@example.com.
Live an Active Retirement Life
Heart of Ballston
There’s no doubt that the Ballston area offers both convenience and a variety of fun things to do. You can hop on the nearby Metro and head into D.C. for a visit to the Smithsonian or a Caps game. Or, you could grab some fresh food at the farmers market before hitting the Arlington trails to take a nice stroll with your dog. When the evening comes, you can walk to a concert in the park or dine at one of your favorite restaurants.
Living with all this at your fingertips, it’s hard to imagine needing much more. But what if you could also be part of an active community filled with friends—a place where you could choose from a seemingly endless list of clubs, activities and hobbies? We’re talking water aerobics, theater workshops, guest lectures, gardening, happy hours, crab feasts, Spanish lessons, live entertainment and so much more.
If this sounds appealing, you may just be a perfect fit for The Jefferson, a vibrant community for older adults in the heart of Ballston. To learn more or book a tour, visit TheJeffersonVA.com/WaPoMag.
Maximizing Every Foot of Your Home
There comes a time when children move away from home and parents are left with an empty nest. Do you keep the space as a guest bedroom or convert it into a home office or wellness room? Why not both? From cozy two-bedroom condos to expansive multi-level homes, maximizing your space’s utility and using every square foot is essential to bringing out your home’s true potential. Complicated decisions require clever solutions. Modern transforming and multi-functional furniture provide these solutions by allowing you to create spaces that serve multiple purposes with little to no effort.
LGM from Resource Furniture is the ultimate solution for making the most of your space. LGM’s patented revolving mechanism turns around a five-foot-wide bookcase to reveal a queen-sized wall bed. An optional detachable desk creates a fully realized home office setup that you can easily convert into a bedroom in seconds. LGM comes with seamless push-to-open nightstands and integrated LED lighting to create a tranquil ambiance in your bedroom.
Resource Furniture specializes in transforming and multi-functional luxury furniture to create space in the modern home. Its design experts provide support to craft the perfect solution for your home, from ideation to installation. To get started reimagining your space, call 202-750-6327; visit the Georgetown showroom in person at 3340 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington, D.C.; or visit online at ResourceFurniture.com.
Benefit From a Maintenance-Free Lifestyle
Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury
If you’ve envisioned a retirement surrounded by nature, you’ll feel at home at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC). The community’s spacious 87-acre campus in Winchester, Virginia, is hidden from the hectic pace of everyday life, but close enough to the vibrant downtown area and cultural attractions that residents feel perfectly connected.
At SVWC, residents are part of a welcoming, friendly community. It offers a variety of activities that help foster friendships, from table games and billiards to putting green and bocce ball court challenges.
Retirement means having more free time to do the things you love most. Enjoy opportunities to focus on your craft, whether it’s woodworking, gardening, watercolor painting or writing. Residents are also encouraged to stretch the muscles of their minds by participating in book clubs and lecture series.
When the sun is shining, there is nothing like a leisurely stroll through SVWC’s nature preserve, surrounded by wildflowers, gardens and the soothing sounds of the countryside. Those who want more structure to their wellness routine are welcome to visit the top-of-line fitness center and saltwater pool, which is always warm.
As a Life Plan Community, SVWC offers security and peace of mind. Residents have access to a full continuum of care right on campus. That means if the need arises for a higher level of care, private assisted-living and skilled nursing residences are available, with memory care and rehabilitation accessible.
The newest buzz around the SVWC community is its Villa expansion. This independent-living neighborhood will feature 97 one- and two-bedroom apartments in 10 buildings with open-concept floor plans. Construction is ahead of schedule, and SVWC is now accepting deposits on Phase Two. Those interested should join for an in-person presentation, lunch and tour. RSVP at SVWC.org/VillaTours or by calling 540-665-5914.
The Village at Providence Point
A National Lutheran Community
There’s retirement — then there’s first-class retirement. A retirement where your needs are anticipated, where you’ll find style and attention to detail everywhere you look, and where the service is second to none. This is retirement living the way it should be, at The Village at Providence Point.
A world-class experience awaits residents of this brand-new Life Plan Community, coming soon to Annapolis, Maryland. Amenities will include extraordinary dining, an indoor aquatic center, fitness center, walking trails, lifelong learning opportunities, underground parking, housekeeping, maintenance and much more!
The community will sit on beautiful, wooded grounds just minutes from the heart of Annapolis. The independent living apartments and cottages will offer open floor plans with high ceilings and top-of-the-line finishes. “This new and exciting senior living community is poised to change the landscape of senior living in Annapolis,” says Sales Director Chill Hotchkiss.
Images depicted are subject to change, pending final design and engineering. The Village at Providence Point is affiliated with National Lutheran Communities & Services, a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving people of all beliefs. The Village at Providence Point is subject to the final approval of the Maryland Department of Aging.