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How You Can Personalize Your Senior Living Experience

One of the common misconceptions people have about moving to a senior living community is that they will no longer be able to customize their home or their lifestyle in the way to which they’re accustomed. This is understandable: People who have never lived in a senior living community may not realize just how many options a good community can provide its residents. 

In the right community, your options won’t be limited — they’ll actually be able to grow exponentially. Retirement living communities like The Fairfax offer an abundance of highly customizable features, services, and lifestyle enhancements. These include home features, on-campus activities, off-campus amenities, and a whole lot more.

Read on to find out all the ways you can personalize your lifestyle at an active senior living community like The Fairfax.

Home Features

Living independently has a lot to do with making your own choices and living life how you choose. One of the ways independent living communities help you do this is by empowering you to create the home you want, so it’s truly your own. With beautiful, pristine, modern residences, these communities give you the opportunity to design a living space you’ll love — one that’s unique to you.

At The Fairfax, for instance, you can choose your apartment from among a number of contemporary, open floor plans with up to 2,300 square feet of space. With nine-foot ceilings, large windows, expansive views, and an oversized balcony or patio, your living space will provide bountiful space for you and your loved ones. Not only that, you’ll have a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, walk-in closets, and maintenance-free living thanks to the community’s on-campus services. That’s what carefree senior living is all about.

On-campus Services and Amenities

Modern senior communities don’t just provide a place for people to live — they offer first-class amenities and services that create a wonderful lifestyle, free from worry and stress. At a quality community, you can expect clean, professionally-maintained grounds and premises, courteous and responsible staff, and an array of leisure activities.

At The Fairfax, you’ll find amenities such as a private, gated entrance and underground heated parking — not to mention stylish, welcoming social spaces, festive outdoor conversation areas, and sweeping views of a lush, tree-lined campus. You’ll be able to take advantage of the on-campus spa and fitness center, the indoor pool (complete with instructor-led aquatic programs), and the walking and biking trails that extend beyond the campus. You’ll be able to meet friends and neighbors for meals at the dining center — with ever-changing, chef-prepared meals — and you’ll have the option of eating at the grab-and-go bistro with healthy, fresh options whenever you want a quick bite. 

Residents at The Fairfax will also benefit from a top-of-the-line Healthcare Center, which offers the security of Life Care provided by the exceptional medical staff of First Community Village. And the welcoming, vibrant neighborhood setting creates a true sense of community where residents engage in a full calendar of social, cultural, and wellness activities — staying active, healthy, and fulfilled in retirement. 

All of these amenities and services give you so much to choose from, bringing the idea of customization to almost everything that you do within the community. At The Fairfax, you really will get to live the way you want.

Off-campus Perks

The best senior living communities do more than provide a great lifestyle on-campus; they connect you to the surrounding area, so you can take full advantage of the rich cultural aspects of the place where you live.

In the case of The Fairfax, this means having access to the best that the Columbus, Ohio area has to offer. This includes upscale dining and shopping in Upper Arlington, the delights of downtown Columbus, the bustling campus of The Ohio State University, and the winding walking paths of the Scioto River. It also means you’ll be close to numerous houses of worship, parks, recreational areas, and countless entertainment options. These highlights are great for trips with partners, friends, or family. (Pro tip: Grandkids love the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. So do grandparents.)

Why is all this important? Because exploring the wider community is a wonderful way to stay connected and feel invigorated by all the exciting things happening around you — and because it’s a lot of fun!

Having access to all these perks ensures that your life at The Fairfax will be fresh, vibrant, and full of adventure, which truly provides a personalized experience. 

Life at The Fairfax

When The Fairfax opens in summer 2021, it will feature modern new residences to go with all the amenities and the incredible neighborhood feel of the existing First Community Village — making The Fairfax the first and only living opportunity of its kind in Columbus.

For more information about senior living at The Fairfax, visit our website or call us at 877-364-2570.

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Taking Advantage of Your Retirement Years

There’s a good reason your retirement years are known as your Golden Years — you’ve been working towards this time for much of your life, and now you get to enjoy the fruits of all that labor. You’ve earned the retirement you want, full of entertainment, activity, leisure, and an easy and comfortable living experience in a place where you feel at home. 

By retiring to an independent senior living community like The Fairfax, you can maximize the enjoyment you derive from retirement, maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, and enjoy top-class amenities and services that will make your retirement years everything you want them to be and more.

The Benefits of Independent Senior Living

Independent living offers you the best of both worlds — the flexibility and freedom of living in your home, combined with the comforts, services, and relationships of life among a campus community of like-minded individuals. Independent senior living communities like The Fairfax give you the lifestyle you deserve, customizable to fit your interests — and that’s what active senior living is all about.

To make your retirement years as fulfilling as they can possibly be, retirement communities like The Fairfax provide residents with a plethora of things to do, people to meet, and places to go. Services at these communities tend to include home maintenance and repairs, onsite security staff, parking and transportation, landscaping, and of course dining options. 

Additionally, independent living communities provide residents with amenities, entertainment, lifelong learning, clubs and organizations, and many more pastimes that give residents the kinds of exciting, fulfilling opportunities that make each day an adventure.

If you stay in your current home or move to a traditional retirement home, you likely won’t have access to the same kinds of daily programming and services that a top-notch senior living community like The Fairfax can provide you. To take full advantage of your retirement years, an independent senior living community is arguably the best route you can take.

Health and Wellness in an Independent Senior Living Community

A key habit to get the most enjoyment out of your retirement is to be active and healthy, so you’re able to keep doing the things you love doing. Independent senior living communities are great for this, as they provide you with countless ways to stay as active as you desire.

Most independent living communities feature state-of-the-art fitness centers, often with professional staff on hand to offer guidance and lead group exercise programs. Some communities’ fitness programs even include advice on nutrition and physical therapy services.

Additionally, independent living communities like The Fairfax may have swimming pools, walking paths, and even spas — so you can exercise, revel in nature, and relax peacefully whenever you need. 

These types of amenities do more than just keep you occupied; they keep you healthy, prolong your life, and improve your overall physical and mental wellbeing. This is critical for increased enjoyment and satisfaction during retirement, when those who do not stay active face worse health outcomes and report less contentment overall. This is why it’s so important for senior living communities to offer health and wellness programming.

Independent Senior Living at The Fairfax

Connected to the flourishing senior living community of First Community Village in Upper Arlington, Ohio, The Fairfax will be the luxury independent living destination for retirees in the greater Columbus area (and beyond). 

Retirement life at The Fairfax will provide you with the ultimate in comfort, from your home to the campus community to the surrounding area. Everything the community has to offer ensures that your Golden Years can be some of the best of your life.

Living at The Fairfax, you’ll enjoy a contemporary, open living space with a gourmet, top-of-the-line kitchen, a walk-in closet, nine-foot ceilings, and an oversized balcony or patio — among other perks and customizable features. You’ll also benefit from maintenance-free living, which means no tedious home repairs, fees, or worries.

The Fairfax expansion, as well as the First Community Village campus, boast a private, gated entrance, English Country Manor architecture, underground heated parking, pristine social spaces and outdoor gathering areas, and a lush, tree-lined landscape that is a joy to take in every day.

As for amenities, The Fairfax will create a welcoming and vibrant neighborhood setting, where residents will quickly form strong, lasting friendships. The dining center will offer ever-changing, chef-prepared meals, and also a grab-and-go bistro with quicker and lighter fare, and plenty of fresh and healthy options. Residents will benefit from the indoor pool with aquatic programming, the relaxing spa, the brand new fitness center, and walking and biking trails that extend even off-campus.

Residents at The Fairfax will also enjoy a full calendar of social, cultural, and wellness activities — so they can truly make the most of retirement. Off-campus activities only add to this, as residents can shop and dine in Upper Arlington; take in cultural experiences in downtown Columbus; walk along the beautiful Scioto River; and take excursions to all sorts of highlights like the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

To learn more about senior independent living at The Fairfax, visit the community’s website here, or call The Fairfax staff at 877-364-2570.

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Why Living in a Senior Living Community is Financially Savvy

Amenities are lovely to hear about when researching a senior living community for your retirement years. Sure, who doesn’t want to do a little dreaming about beautifully landscaped grounds and courtyards, elegant dining options, a spacious residence, and pool-side living? 

The luxuries are fabulous, and those planned for The Fairfax at First Community Village are right up there with the best of ’em. That said, we know something else is of utmost importance to seniors considering moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community: affordability and value. 

You’ve spent your lifetime making financial plans that would prepare you for retirement, so it’s only fair that you know you’re making a wise investment for housing and healthcare in your golden years. Most CCRCs operate on an entrance fee and monthly fee model. In return, you gain access to all the services and amenities that will keep you thriving in your golden years. That bundle model will save you tremendously if you were paying for your housing, care, and luxuries à la carte. 

Convenient Care, As You Need It  

We always start with healthcare when talking about the value of a senior living community because the continuum of care model available at some CCRCs –– referred to as Life Plan communities –– is such a unique opportunity to wisely invest for your future. 

Residents at Life Plan communities have access to a full range of care options when it comes to their health. The Fairfax, opening in summer 2021, will be an expansion of the existing community, First Community Village, a not-for-profit community. This means those who live there will be able to tap into the continuum of care resources at First Community Village. That includes independent living, senior assisted living, rehabilitation, memory care, and skilled nursing. 

A fee-for-service plan means you’ll never have to pay for services you don’t use. If you need it, it’s there. If you don’t, why pay for it? That peace-of-mind that the care you need will be there when you need it is truly priceless. You won’t have to pay money to relocate if your health needs change in a few years to where you may need assistance beyond what’s provided in somewhere like a rental community or ownership community. 

Wellness also falls under that care umbrella at an active adult community. You won’t be paying for gym memberships or wellness activities. Take advantage of things like an indoor pool with aquatic programming, walking/biking trails that extend off campus, or an activity from a full calendar of wellness activities to keep your mind and body sharp and active. 

Offload The Cost & Time of Upkeep

Think about all the time you spend maintaining your current residence. There are the physical seasonal tasks like shoveling snow, cutting your lawn, and cleaning out the gutters. There are the appliances that inexplicably stop doing their jobs. There is that pesky faucet that won’t stop drip-drip-dripping. Why isn’t the WiFi working? You know, those “this really isn’t how I wanted to be spending my weekend,” tasks. 

If you’re not handling the upkeep of owning and maintaining a house yourself, you may be paying someone to do those necessary jobs. And then there is the mental burden of things like property taxes and bill-paying that eat up hours of your day and money in your bank account. Wouldn’t you rather not have to deal with any of that again?

The “it’ll be taken care of for you” factor of CCRC living means you won’t be taking the time, or opening your wallet, to take care of both the routine or unexpected maintenance tasks that typically accompany homeownership. Housekeeping services are also available if you desire. Leave all of those concerns to a team of reliable professionals, and spend your time and money on something you truly want to be doing.

The Sooner, The Better…and More Affordable

A lot of factors go into finding the ideal senior living community for you or a loved one. Everyone has a different idea of the community they’d like to find in their retirement years, and the geographic area they’d like to be settled in. At The Fairfax, that community looks like 70 contemporary apartment homes built in the English Country Manor style in Columbus, Ohio. 

We advise you to seize the moment if what you’ve learned about The Fairfax lines up with your vision for a senior living community. Reserving now is the most financially savvy move to ensure you’ll be getting the lowest rates and many other unique benefits that won’t be available to those who wait. The Fairfax isn’t open yet, but many have already reserved their spot to join our community. That advice goes for any continuing care retirement community –– ask about the savings that come with reserving early!

Continuing browsing our website to learn more about the benefits of senior living and about The Fairfax. And remember, you can always get in touch with us directly with any questions you may have as you research your senior living options.

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How Baby Boomers Are Changing Senior Living

People are looking to independent living communities for a sense of freedom and convenience, possibly even before retirement. The common denominator amongst the people in this phase of their lives is that many of them are included in the Baby Boomer generation.

Baby boomers are having a large impact on retirement and senior living. This is a generation of like-minded individuals, so targeting their needs and exceeding their expectations creates a cohesive community for an enjoyable senior living experience.

Because most of the people who are looking into retirement communities right now were born of the Baby Boomer generation, residents are forming familiar bonds with each other they may not have expected.

Whether you’ve begun considering your retirement options or not, it is important to know that your generation is shaping the future of senior living. And it’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before.

The Baby Boomer Impact

With amenities and services custom-made to enhance your life, the stigma around retirement is rapidly changing. When you think about retirement, what is it that you imagine? Whether you see a more calm and relaxed lifestyle, a vibrant and active day to day, or a combination of both, the choice is yours. 

You have the independence to live as you wish. 

In order to keep up with the shifting dynamic of the Baby Boomer generation, retirement communities are having to completely restructure their framework. But, luckily for you, The Fairfax is in the process of designing a retirement community centered around you and all things baby boomer.

And what is The Fairfax you may ask?

Introducing The Fairfax 

Imagine a spacious residence with luxurious features and amenities in a community with endless possibilities. Envision lavish dining with exquisite cuisine. Picture yourself in a close-knit community of seniors simultaneously pursuing their passions — that is The Fairfax.  

The Fairfax is an expansion of First Community Village, which is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or Life Plan Community, offering unique amenities and comprehensive healthcare services in Columbus, Ohio. When The Fairfax opens in summer 2021, it will feature 70 contemporary apartment homes in the English Country Manor style.

 Your generation has been the inspiration for this community. The ideas, morals, and history of the baby boomers are rooted in the amenities, the passion, and all that is to come to The Fairfax.

The Campus, Location and Amenities

Baby boomers are known for valuing choice, community involvement, and independence. At The Fairfax, we do not take your values lightly. We know these values have molded you into the wise individual you are today. With every aspect of the community thought out with deep consideration, The Fairfax has crafted desirable amenities and services that align with your values!

To name a few:

  • Maintenance-free living
  • A vibrant neighborhood setting with sweeping views of a lush, tree-lined campus
  • Private, gated entrance for security
  • Spa, fitness center, and an indoor pool with aquatic programming
  • Climate controlled parking
  • Warm and welcoming social spaces, along with a full schedule of social, cultural, and wellness activities
  • Walking and biking trails
  • Upscale dining and shops within walking distance

 

The Healthcare

In the past, retirement communities have offered the same, limited healthcare services to all members, but there is no successful one-size-fits-all approach in healthcare. Everyone has their own unique healthcare needs and we understand how important it is to address them, individually.

One of the special things about a Continuing Care Retirement Community is the personalization of healthcare. At First Community Village, we offer various layers of healthcare services such as independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and memory care. By living at The Fairfax, you can enjoy an active lifestyle and have all your individual healthcare needs met, while also maintaining a high level of personal wellbeing.

 The Food

One thing that cannot fly under the radar is your unique palate. Over the years, you’ve experienced both traditional and contemporary flavors; you’ve dined at the best restaurants; and you’ve experienced the love and warmth of a home-cooked meal. No longer can senior living communities get by with mundane menus and insipid food. Your generation has pushed the threshold of all things dining. 

And at The Fairfax, we know that to be true. Whether you choose to enjoy an artisan, chef-prepared meal in our dining center, a home-cooked meal in your state-of-the-art, gourmet kitchen, or to wander to Downtown Columbus/Upper Arlington, the possibilities are endless.

Senior living is no longer about settling down; but rather living advantageously, passionately, and luxuriously. You’ve done your fair share of hard work, and now, it is time for you to live the life you’ve always wanted — always craved. To inquire about available homes or to schedule a visit, call us at 877-364-2570 or visit our website at tourthefairfax.com. Your future at The Fairfax awaits!

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Invest in Your Future Self By Joining a Senior Living Community

We hear it our whole lives — set yourself up for the future. More specific suggestions include, save a percentage of all your paychecks, make sure you’re contributing to your 401k, and the list goes on and on. 

So as you age, how many of these boxes have you checked off? 

Your needs change when you get older. What was once a home that provided all you need to live comfortably may not be enough as the years go on. Your health, for example, requires more time and attention. Health, wellness, and medical attention will need to be a greater priority in your life — why not ensure that they’re convenient? 

Invest in modern senior living to achieve the care-free, secure, and enriching lifestyle that you crave. 

Since 1963, First Community Village has provided a premier lifestyle within Upper Arlington, Ohio and eliminates the burdens of homeownership and allows more time to live and enjoy life. This senior living community allows residents the freedom they desire, while also offering the convenience they need as tasks grow increasingly difficult over time.

Find out why it’s important to invest in your future self and how First Community Village can help you do so.

Invest in Your Health

It’s easier to stay healthy than to fight an illness or disease, so being proactive and investing in your health can help you avoid the trials and tribulations — and costs — that can come with falling ill. 

The Huffington Post states that, “effectively managing your health can reliably produce a financial windfall unmatched by Wall Street, precious metals and every other retirement plan staple. Best of all, you can start this very day and you’re never too poor or too old to take advantage of the opportunity.” 

At a senior living community, you have access to all the tools you need to take an active role in your health and wellness. In your own home, it can be difficult to know just where to start when it comes to your wellness plan, not to mention resources. Take the guesswork out of the equation. Experienced professionals will help you determine what type of care you’ll need and will help you get involved in various wellness activities throughout the community.

Invest in Your Family

Your family means the world to you and you mean the world to them. If you haven’t had a conversation with them yet about aging in place or looking to relocate, they’ll likely express their concern for your future plans. 

You can give them the peace of mind that you’ll be taken care of, with plenty to do at the CCRC. Certified nurses and doctors will be at your side as soon as you need them, so your family won’t have to worry about how you’ll get to a doctor or hospital in the case of an event.

A senior living community could also serve as the perfect place to host your family. You don’t have to think of your new community as a place where you’ll be removed from them. Retirement is about seeking your independence, while simultaneously having the freedom to make your community your own. 

Invest in Your Bank Account

Investing in your health now means you may be saving money on care down the line. Unexpected costs can arise when you need healthcare most, and it may not be affordable. The life care plans that are associated with many senior living communities are flexible. 

Based on your needs when entering the community, you will be placed in a certain category for care. As time goes on and health needs change, you’ll still be supported through any stage of your retirement living. 

Invest in Yourself

One of the most important aspects of a senior living community is that it serves to keep residents’ minds active and sharp. Whether it’s creating relationships with others, or participating in activities that work the brain, residents will be “exercising” their minds in a senior living community more than they would if they remain at home. 

Senior living communities offer many different programs and activities for residents to enjoy themselves through favorite hobbies and games, while also allowing them to discover new pleasures. 

Invest in Your Future Life

Make the most of the rest of your life. By taking all of these categories into consideration and realizing what’s most important to you and your future, you can determine how you want the rest of your life to look. And it may be at First Community Village. 

While many of our 70 apartment homes are already reserved at The Fairfax, there are still choice floor plans and views available. Reserving now, and with no obligation, ensures you the lowest rates and many other unique benefits that won’t be available to those who wait. Please call or email us today so we can address any questions you may have or schedule a time to share with you our floor plans and scale model. Call us at 877-364-2570 or visit our website.

Why You Should Stay Active in Senior Living

Maintaining an active lifestyle as you get older can be challenging, but it’s crucial to prioritize keeping both your mind and body in shape. In an active retirement community, activities for seniors to strengthen the mind and body are offered frequently and conveniently. And best of all, these enriching activities allow you to enjoy yourself, while also welcoming the company of others. 

Active senior living communities offer various activities and programs for you to get involved in, often right on site. If the location is elsewhere, communities typically arrange transportation to and from the site. This way, you don’t have to sacrifice the hobbies that bring you fulfillment and joy. 

In fact, you’ll be able to participate in them more frequently than you would have if you lived at home. And since these programs are so easily accessible, you also have the opportunity to check out new hobbies, and maybe fall in love with something new.

Staying active as a senior will not only keep you feeling happier, it’s also necessary for preventing injuries and fighting off disease the body is prone to as it ages. Read on to find out more about why exercise is so important to senior health.

Exercise for Social Connection

In an active senior living community, there are many exercise programs available to residents. These programs involve joining in with others for a class or a group workout activity. Retirees are especially susceptible to depression and social isolation, but these group exercise opportunities will allow you to stay connected to others.

In a report by USA Today, sociologist Patricia Thomas, a faculty associate in the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University states, “Maintaining that social engagement can give you a greater sense of purpose and give a sense of motivation that can make you behave in ways that are better for your health.”

Creating new friendships will help you to feel generally happier, as you’ll have someone to share new experiences with. You’ll also be participating in activities to keep you mentally and physically sharp for a healthy mind and body. 

Manage Body Weight

As we age, our metabolism slows down and it’s more important than ever to incorporate exercise into your routine. Take an active role in managing your body weight in an effort to avoid dealing with serious illness or injury down the line. 

Prevent Falls

Unfortunately, falls can cause very serious injury but taking the appropriate precautions can strengthen the body and prevent these injuries. An active lifestyle will build muscle strength, resulting in improved bone health and increased balance. Low impact exercises (walking, using the elliptical, swimming, yoga, pilates, etc.) are effective methods to building muscle strength. 

Promote Heart and Cardiovascular Health

Consistent physical activity – both cardio and strength training – improves cardiovascular health and reduces risk of heart disease. You’ll feel better after taking a walk or a swim, and your heart will thank you for it. 

Increase Energy and Focus

Another benefit of exercise is that it’s linked to improved cognitive function and motor skills, allowing you to be more focused on your tasks. More productive days will allow you to live a higher quality life. 

Reduce Hypertension

If you’re dealing with hypertension as a senior, try managing it with exercise, as aerobic activity is proven to help lower blood pressure. With 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (walking, hiking, swimming, etc.) around five times a week, you can lower blood pressure, stress and decrease the risk of certain cardiovascular issues.

See the Sights

Staying active definitely does not mean you have to walk on a treadmill in the gym for 30 minutes a day. Lace up your walking shoes and hit the town! Explore the cities that surround the senior living community and take in all it has to offer. Check out restaurants and dining options, historical landmarks, or recreational parks.

At The Fairfax, suburban Columbus is located in Upper Arlington and it offers all the benefits you’d expect from a major American city like Columbus, while avoiding some of the inconveniences that living directly within a city can bring about.

Maintain Your Wellness – But Don’t Overdo It

Put your safety first and make sure to always speak with your doctor before joining new workout programs. It’s common for retirees to be focused on their exercise plans, but it’s crucial to stick with your own pace. Come up with a plan that you’re comfortable with that incorporates a balanced diet and healthy choices.

Even activities such as golf or a brisk walk around the block at your retirement community counts as exercise. You do not have to overdue it to stay fit.

You may want to learn more about what will be available at The Fairfax, and come see the site for yourself. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them—and if you want to visit The Fairfax and First Community Village in person, we will be thrilled to have you.

Call us at 877-364-2570 or visit us at tourthefairfax.com. Your future at The Fairfax awaits!

What It Means to Stay Independent in Senior Living

Growing older and living in a retirement community shouldn’t mean that you are giving up your freedom or losing your independence. In fact, in the right setting, it can mean the exact opposite. 

Independent senior living is for those who don’t require assistance with the tasks of daily life, but are seeking a carefree lifestyle. At an independent living community, you can focus on what’s most important to you. Participate in an array of daily activities, find new hobbies and enjoy old ones, and join a fulfilling community of individuals who share your desire for a simpler retirement life. 

Finding a place that will give you what you need out of retirement living, while also allowing you to enjoy your freedom, is what independent living and senior living is all about. In a community like The Fairfax, you are still able to live independently and take advantage of the many amenities, knowing that care will be available for you in the future. So you are not only investing in your future healthcare, but an independent lifestyle with lots to offer in the present. So why independent living? 

The lifestyle you deserve.

As you get older, participating in your favorite activities can become difficult. Finding a place  or a group where you can enjoy your hobbies can also be challenging, and may require you to travel a far distance. But these opportunities are available in abundance at independent living communities like The Fairfax. Independent living services make it easy for you to do all of those things you love, without having to venture too far. 

The Fairfax makes it easy for you to choose from different activities and presents it right to you. You don’t have to travel, we’ll arrange everything. All you have to do is choose – which can be tough with the vast offerings available.

A sense of community.

It’s not unlikely for aging to turn into isolation as traveling to spend time with others becomes more of a burden. A senior living community allows people to join a group of others to spend time with, laugh with, and share in beautiful life experiences.

In addition, socializing with others keeps your mind sharp. While you’re speaking, listening, and expressing yourself, you’re performing mental tasks and exercising your brain. Participating in activities and engaging in conversations with others can help you lead a happier life than if you remained in your home. 

Additional benefits of socialization for seniors includes:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased fitness 
  • Reduced risk of depression
  • Less anxiety
  • Greater self esteem

 

A healthy body.

You may be in top notch shape currently, but your health needs may be greater as you age. With independent living, there are health care services on site whenever you need them. Professional staff and nurses are nearby to assist with any aches, pains, or ailments you may have.

Leave housework behind.

The burdens of owning a home can start to consume all of your energy when you’d rather use it elsewhere. And when you add up all the time you’re spending cleaning and organizing, tending to appliances, and working on landscape, it may seem that you’re dedicating a good portion of your day to your home. 

Instead, spend time with your friends and family, or focusing on your favorite hobbies. At a senior living community, most of this basic housework will be taken care of. Enjoy luxury living without the additional stresses of keeping a home.

Seize the moment.

First Community Village has continuously provided a premier independent living program since 1963. Upper Arlington, Ohio serves as the setting for senior independent living, offers its residents more freedom, eliminates the burdens of home ownership and allows more time to enjoy what’s most important. The suburban Columbus location allows for benefits you expect of a major American city, while avoiding the inconveniences of city life. 

When it opens in summer 2021, The Fairfax expansion will feature 70 contemporary apartment homes in the English Country Manor style along with all the amenities of First Community Village. A close community both in terms of its welcoming culture and its proximity to the civic attractions of Upper Arlington, The Fairfax offers what is truly the first and only living opportunity of its kind in Columbus.

While many of our 70 apartment homes are already reserved at The Fairfax, there are still choice floor plans and views available. Reserving now, and with no obligation, ensures you the lowest rates and many other unique benefits that won’t be available to those who wait.

Please call or visit tourthefairfax.com today so we can address any questions you may have or schedule a time to share with you our floor plans and scale model.

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Senior Living Amenities Worth Moving For

Moving to a new place can seem scary, intimidating, and most of all it might not meet your expectations. But at the new expansion of First Community Village, The Fairfax, the amenities and services available will not only meet those set standards you are accustomed to, but will also surpass them. 

Senior independent living is an opportunity to live the carefree lifestyle you desire with everything you need within reach. You won’t have to deal with the stresses of home maintenance and housekeeping, and you won’t have to sacrifice your privacy. And possibly best of all, you won’t have to sacrifice the things that make a house a home to you.

The long list of amenities available at The Fairfax provides you with a great quality of life, one that you don’t have to worry about maintaining yourself. And it’s all set in the welcoming, peaceful Columbus, Ohio. The suburban location offers all the benefits of living in a city, without the inconveniences that sometimes come along with it. 

Live your life carefree with all you need for a healthy senior lifestyle right within reach, plus customizable options available throughout.

Floorplans

The beautiful floor plans available at The Fairfax will put you in the lap of luxury, with their contemporary and open layouts that feature up to 2,300 square feet and nine-foot-high ceilings.

Your master suite will include a bathroom that holds a double-sink vanity, while walk-in closets provide a place for all of your possessions. Cook your favorite meals in your gourmet kitchen, by the glow of a fireplace in the great room–available in select floor plans. Gaze through large windows onto the expansive lush setting, professionally designed and maintained. 

And since you know what you want to make you feel the most comfortable and at-home, you have the opportunity to customize many different parts of your floor plan. So not only are you reaping the benefits in a modern, sophisticated home, you’re designing how they’re set up to work best for you. 

Dining

When you’re ready to take a break from your state-of-the-art kitchen, you can scope out some of the delicious dining options. Enjoy chef-prepared meals and the all-encompassing menu that always offers variety. The grab-and-go bistro is also packed with fresh and healthy options when you want a meal on the run. 

Active Lifestyle

You know how important having an active lifestyle is as you get older–so does The Fairfax. In fact, it can be difficult to live this type of lifestyle while remaining in your own home. Many find it challenging to determine where to begin or what to do for exercise. 

Physical activity won’t feel like exercise at The Fairfax because the wellness programs available are a fun and easy way to stay in shape. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to staying in shape–it’s all about what helps you feel your best. That’s why we provide many different options, from an indoor pool with aquatic programs, to walking and biking trails that extend off-campus. There’s something for everyone at our fitness center, and when you’re done with your work out, you’ll enjoy winding down in the spa. 

Senior Health Care

The Fairfax’s healthcare for seniors provides the promise of continuity of care as long as residents need it. From senior rehab solutions, to memory care–residents’ health will be prioritized first and foremost by a staff of trained, compassionate professionals. 

The Fairfax healthcare offerings include:

And when all that’s offered on-site isn’t enough, Columbus and Upper Arlington will serve as the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled day or night. Some highlights include upscale shopping and dining, The Ohio State University, walking paths by the Scioto River, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and many more attractions. 

Many of our 70 apartment homes are already reserved at The Fairfax, but there are still choice floor plans and views available. You have the chance to reserve now with no obligation to lock in the lowest rate and many other unique benefits.

Visit our website for more information or call us at 877-364-2570.

Live Happy and Well in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

If you or a loved one are looking for retirement living options in your area, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), also known as a Life Plan Community, is likely the best option. At a CCRC, you can enjoy an active lifestyle, have all your healthcare needs met, and maintain a high level of personal wellbeing.

In this post, we’ll discuss what makes CCRC senior living models superior:

  • They feature a different setup from traditional communities.
  • They help seniors get the most value possible out of their senior living community.
  • They provide premium care services for their residents, delivering peace of mind and affordability in a carefree senior living environment.
  • They offer seniors the chance to move into vibrant communities with like-minded, active seniors.

Why CCRCs are Different

As we’ll discuss later, there are many ways that CCRCs (a.k.a. Life Plan Communities) deliver value for their residents. In general, Life Plan Communities provide optimal living conditions for seniors—so much so that they can live happier and healthier lives because of it.

The primary way that these communities differ from other senior living communities is that CCRCs account for all the lifestyle and health needs of their residents. They offer a host of services and amenities for residents to enjoy, and they provide lifelong healthcare and assisted living options so that residents never have to relocate to another community if their healthcare needs increase.

The continuity of living in a CCRC gives seniors a sense of security and belonging. If you move to a CCRC such as The Fairfax at First Community Village in Upper Arlington, you’ll do so knowing that you’ll be able to spend the entirety of your retirement there, in the presence of friends.

Happiness, Health, and Value

Numerous medical studies have shown that seniors who remain active—physically, mentally, and socially—live longer, enjoy better overall health, retain their independence, and face lower rates of depression and loneliness than seniors who live sedentary, isolated lifestyles.

Because CCRC communities promote physical, mental, and social activity among their residents, these communities actually make a tangible difference in improving and prolonging their residents’ lives.

How does this happen? Using First Community Village as an example, we can see how residents enjoy independent living (in homes of their choosing) while also knowing that, should they need other types of care, the community has their needs covered.

The residents also have access to premium amenities and services such as a state-of-the-art therapy gym, a variety of clubs and activities, a wellness clinic, a full-service salon, a library, an indoor pool, private rehabilitation suites, and qualified on-site medical staff. These amenities and services encourage the kind of active senior lifestyle that yields better health and happiness outcomes.

A Continuum of Care

CCRCs, by definition, are designed to cover the full continuum of care that seniors may need as they age. At The Fairfax at First Community Village, this continuum includes independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, memory care, and skilled nursing services.

Different Life Plan Communities have different fee models; at First Community Village near Columbus, OH, residents benefit from a fee-for-service model that enables them to pay only for the care services they need, and none of the services they don’t use.

By making the costs of care predictable up front, and by locating all the care services seniors may need in one place, CCRCs make it so their residents no longer need to worry about how they’ll receive care if their health needs increase.

Community Spirit

When the new expansion called The Fairfax officially opens in summer 2021, it will join already bustling First Community Village, which has provided a premier lifestyle for seniors in the Columbus area since 1963.

At First Community Village, residents quickly come to discover a group of engaging, cultured, and social individuals who share a love for exploration, growth, and friendship. The amenities, services, care, and lavish lifestyle at First Community Village will become even more top-class once The Fairfax officially opens—and the community spirit of the Village’s residents will be stronger than ever.

As mentioned before, this sense of community togetherness isn’t merely a nice thing that doesn’t matter all that much—it’s a critical component for meeting seniors’ social needs. Living in a tight-knit community helps seniors thrive during their retirement years and equips them with carefree living.

Discover The Fairfax

As the next generation of retirement living on the campus of First Community Village, the expansion called The Fairfax will feature 70 brand-new residences and all of the benefits that today’s seniors deserve. From spacious, modern homes to superior amenities, premium services, expert medical care, and flexible care options, The Fairfax will be a part of one of Ohio’s top senior living communities—right off the bat.

To learn more about CCRCs in general or The Fairfax specifically, visit The Fairfax and First Community Village websites.

The Next Generation of Senior Living

You’ve reached the point in your life where you’re ready to downsize and focus more on the things that matter most to you. It’s time to focus on doing things that make you happy and spending time with loved ones. As you begin to explore what this means to you, consider how a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) could serve as the setting for the rest of your life.

Senior living has changed over the years and there are many diverse options to choose from. The best option can be found in a CCRC model, which with all its modern-day and life-enriching features, will leave you ready and excited to start the next phase of your life. A CCRC allows you the freedom to live the life you want to live while having all the resources you need to live right at your fingertips. 

If you’re looking for an active senior living community, read on to find out more about the options available to you. 

Location

Location is one of the top priorities for many people choosing a senior living community.  Ideally, you want to be near the people and places you love. The best senior living communities are located in a quiet, relaxing, serene area that isn’t too far from more exciting activities. This makes for the best of both worlds. If you’re interested in visiting places outside the community, make sure to take a trip to the area to decide if it’s one you enjoy spending time in. 

The Fairfax, a modern expansion of First Community Village, is located in Columbus, Ohio. The buildings themselves are modeled after the English Country Manor architectural style. From the buildings you’ll see sweeping views of the lush, green campus. It’s home to many outdoor areas to relax, mingle and enjoy. The neighborhood is friendly and just a short distance away from walking and biking trails.

And when you get the itch for adventure, Upper Arlington is nearby for upscale dining and shopping. Or, head into downtown Columbus for a day at the zoo or aquarium, spend time at The Ohio State University or take in the Scioto River.

Floor Plan Layouts

Senior living communities typically come with many different floor plan layouts for you to choose from. They understand that people are choosing to move into the communities for many different reasons so having a variety of floor plans is crucial. 

Some are small, single bedroom layouts, while others are larger with big kitchens and sprawling living rooms. Consider the non-negotiables in terms of amenities to determine what you’re looking for in a living space. This will help you get an idea of what you want, and will also allow you to narrow down places. When trying to determine what you want most out of a living space, consider if you’d like it to be more of a private area, or if you expect to be entertaining family and friends.

Although units are beginning to fill at The Fairfax, you can choose from several different contemporary, open floor plans that include nine-foot ceilings, large windows with expansive views, and an oversized deck or patio for spacious living. Cook dream meals in a state of the art, gourmet kitchen. Enjoy easy bathroom living with dual sinks, and walk-in closets. Some layouts even include a fireplace and a separate laundry room. These senior living amenities are all maintenance-free, relieving you of responsibility so you can dedicate your time to what’s most important to you.

Health Care Options

Whether your main reason for looking into senior living communities was due to medical circumstances or not, having an onsite team of medical professionals is always beneficial. A major advantage of living in one of the best senior living communities is having constant access to health care and multiple levels of care. When the need arises, any additional care or increased level of care that is needed can be provided in a CCRC model, making health care easy and accessible. As a resident, you’ll be able to receive care as soon as you need it. 

Senior Living Community

Modern senior living comes with a strong sense of community and various activities you can participate in. Activity calendars will allow you to quickly become part of the community, make long-lasting friends, and explore new hobbies. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover new and exciting pastimes you may not have been exposed to before.

At The Fairfax, you’ll find no shortage of social, cultural and wellness events to keep your mind and body active. Enjoy the indoor pool with aquatic programming, or catch up with neighbors in one of the welcoming social spaces.

Schedule a Tour

A great way to decide if senior living is right for you is to schedule a tour of all the amenities, services offered, and the campus grounds. While The Fairfax is still in development, you’ll be able to get a feel for the community, atmosphere and senior enrichment, while also seeing which boxes it checks off on your list.  We encourage you to make a list of questions you want answered before you go, and bring a family member or friend to get their opinion as well. 

Take a tour of the current community call First Community Village and learn more about its future expansion, The Fairfax. You can find out if you can see yourself being a part of this community. https://tourthefairfax.wpmudev.host/#schedule     

 

Inquire about available homes or schedule a visit by calling 877-364-2570 or visiting tourthefairfax.com. Your future at The Fairfax awaits!