Safe & Sound – The Security of a 55+ Communityby Emily on March 2nd, 2017
There’s no doubt that feeling safe at home and in your neighborhood is one of the most important things for all people, no matter their age or where they live. Safety and security can become more important as we age, as we accumulate more assets, and as our physical beings become more delicate.
One of the benefits of living in a 55+ community is the abundance of onsite safety and security options. Instead of relying solely on local police or alarm systems that are managed far off-site, many 55+ communities make on-site “hyper local” home and neighborhood security a major priority.
On-Site Security Features
When considering a 55+ community be sure to investigate all of the safety features they offer. Remember–gated communities are just the beginning! Many 55+ communities have an on-site patrol, some of which operate 24 hours a day. Having these extra set of eyes on the community itself can really promote security and safety as well.
Having great security inside your own home is really important too. Taylor Morrison launched their newest smart home system called Interactive Home 2.0™ in 2016. In addition to being able to control room temperature, music, and more throughout your home, the Interactive Home 2.0™ system includes security features such as video door entry and indoor and outdoor camera monitoring. When integrated with a third-party system the Interactive Home 2.0™ also includes a security alarm system and digital door locks. Smart home systems are becoming more common in 55+ communities so be sure to ask about their specific features when considering a new home.
What to Look For When Touring a 55+ Community
As you tour the 55+ plus communities you’re considering moving into, be sure to ask about gate and visitor policies, security patrols, and in-home security systems. Also keep your eyes open for design that promotes safety–well-lit parking lots, sidewalks, and common areas. Be sure to ask if all homes and common areas have fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Safety and Security
Remember, security starts with you. Make a conscious effort to choose a community that offers many security features and practice safe living when you arrive. Always lock your doors and stay in well-lit areas. Get to know your neighbors and keep an eye out for them as well. There’s no doubt the relationships you’ll build in a 55+ community, paired with top-of-the-line security features, will keep you safer than if you were alone.