Older Americans rank a retirement community's financial stability as their single most important concern when choosing a retirement residence, according to a study by Marriott Senior Living Services.
Ninety-five percent of the seniors polled are most concerned with the fiscal strength of a retirement and health-care provider. These older Americans believe that the organization's competence in serving their needs is directly linked to its financial stability and long-term commitment to operating the retirement community. A resident's personal security was a close second at 92%.
The survey also showed how seniors ranked the importance of other community features. Having a caring staff and quality food tied for third place (91%), followed by a non-institutional environment at fifth (87%), emergency care (86%), privacy (85%), and apartment maintenance (80%).
Other factors viewed as important included grounds and facilities maintenance, on-site nursing care, availability of off-site nursing services, local transportation, housekeeping services, and laundry. The availability of fitness programs, personal care, recreational activity, and creative arts were of lesser importance in the selection of a retirement community.
For more information, contact Richard Sneed, Marriott Corporation, Corporate Relations, Mariott Drive, Washington, DC 20058; 301-3805177.