Exposing the Truth: Myths & Realities of a Life Plan Community

When many people hear the name Life Plan Community, they think about care for life – as well as high expenses. This often leads people to stray away from looking into Life Plan Communities for their retirement because they don’t believe they can afford it. In reality, this is just one of the myths that are often heard about Life Plan Communities … and unfortunately, there are plenty more.

According to Cristine Royer, Director of Marketing and Sales at The Estates at Carpenters, a Life Plan Community in Lakeland, Florida, it’s important to separate myths from reality when it comes to planning for future care. “Many seniors tend to trust the word of mouth and experiences from others, whether they are negative or positive,” says Cristine. “This can sometimes lead to misinformation and miscommunication that can prevent older adults from finding the ideal retirement lifestyle and care they truly deserve, for a price that might actually save them thousands in the long run!”

Keep an Open Mind When Planning for Your Future

To prevent preconceived notions from keeping you from the lifestyle of your dreams, keep an open mind and do your research. We’ve also provided a list below of some of the most common myths – and the realities – to help make it easier for you.

Myth: Cost Is Too High

Many older adults believe the cost of Life Plan Communities is too high. When you compare the cost to living at home, however, you may quickly find that you may actually save money – and valuable time. From rent and maintenance, utilities and dining, entertainment, and transportation, you may find that the one affordable monthly fee simplifies your life and saves you money in the long run.

Myth: Communities Are for “Old People”

This myth usually stems from a fear of loss of independence and an exciting lifestyle. Most older adults think that moving into a retirement living community means they can no longer handle living at home alone. This simply isn’t the case! Life Plan Communities provide an enriching lifestyle full of programming and activities, scheduled transportation and outings, opportunities for furthering education and so much more. There’s never a shortage of things to do and learn! Why would you wait until you need the care to take advantage of a more carefree and exciting lifestyle? The Estates at Carpenters offers a full social calendar – with a wide range of opportunities to appeal to any interest!

Myth: I’ll Lose My Privacy

While there is so much to do at a Life Plan Community like The Estates, the reality is that residents are free to spend their days as THEY choose. It’s the best of both worlds. Spend the day with friends on an outing, enjoy a group fitness class … OR relax and unwind on your own with a good book, in the privacy of your own apartment home. The choice truly is yours! At The Estates at Carpenters, we offer apartment homes ranging from 475 to 2,500 square feet of private space for you to enjoy! Privacy is respected by all team members, but when you do feel like socializing, just step outside your apartment home and enjoy all that awaits on our 33 acres!

Myth: As Health Needs Change, Costs Will Rise

Thankfully, this is not the reality for those with a Lifecare plan at The Estates! The rising costs of healthcare are unpredictable, but a Lifecare plan means residents pay the same monthly rate as they pay for independent living, even when health needs change and a higher level of care is needed. This can save you thousands on healthcare and give you priceless security and peace of mind for the future! Visit Financial.EstatesatCarpenters.com to learn more.

See for Yourself with a Private Visit

To make this process easier, or to truly get a feel of what a Life Plan Community is like, try touring a few different communities. While you’re there, talk to the team and residents. They can help to give you an inside look into what the community is like – and help you determine if it might be the perfect community for you.

If you’re curious about Life Plan Communities, or to dispel more myths you’ve heard, contact the team at The Estates. We would be happy to chat with you about our community and help you distinguish what’s a myth and what’s the reality. Simply give us a call to talk to one of our team members and schedule your appointment today!

Experience What it Means to Have True Peace of Mind

With the security and peace of mind of Lifecare, it’s no surprise why The Estates at Carpenters is the right choice for a perfectly planned retirement lifestyle. Schedule a tour and talk to our residents and team about why Lifecare at The Estates at Carpenters just makes good financial sense! Discover the uncompromised retirement lifestyle you deserve. Schedule your visit today!

About The Estates at Carpenters

The Estates at Carpenters is a Life Plan community offering worry-free independent living, assisted living, and high-quality skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. For over 30 years, The Estates has provided older adults in the area with an active, engaging lifestyle filled with abundant choices and amenities and services that make life easier. A lifestyle designed to keep older adults healthy and well today – and tomorrow.

For more information on The Estates or to RSVP to an upcoming event, contact Cristine at 863-853-5505 Ext. 142 or visit our website

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