Services 55+ Active Adults Want and Need
Since my wife and I will be moving to a 55+ community in the near future, we thought we would visit the massive Vendors Fair at our Del Webb community near Atlanta, Village at Deaton Creek. We just returned and now know what services we will be needing soon. There were probably 250 vendors with exhibits filling the 53,000 square foot clubhouse completely inside and out.
Transportation: Approaching the entrance we were greeted with the golf cart display. There really is quite a select of carts these day. These were mostly the rechargeable types, not the gas powered carts that we saw in our visit to The Villages in Florida recently. Gas powered carts are probably only needed in the huge communities. Then the cars were displayed, mostly fuel efficient, electric and hybrid types.
In general here are the most popular services for us active adults.
Home Improvements: Interior design and decorating. These services are needed to assist with moving to your ideal retirement home. Simple, elegant but functional. Use some of your existing furniture or start entirely over, it's up to you. Reupholster and refinished what you have services too. Shelving in the closets, panties, laundry and mud rooms are popular additions. Custom furniture and woodwork was offered by more than one vendor. Painters, hardwood flooring, title, window treatments, shades, stain glass windows and doors, sun tunnels, refinishing or replacing counter tops services were available.
We met with two interior designers and will decide on one to use since we are buying a resale home.
Outdoor Improvements: Include preventive services like roof washing to kill the mold streaks, gutters cleaning, painting, and driveway resurfacing. All kinds of improvement to the back patio or deck area like tiling the patio, adding pergolas, fire pits, sun rooms, seating and patio furniture.
Health: Northeast Georgia Medical Center, a new 100 bed hospital just open next door to Village at Deaton Creek. That is a huge benefit to us 55+ adults and they had several departments represented. Then there were chiropractors, rehab specialist, massage therapists, eye doctors, dentists, home health care, assisted living, and a funeral home.
Travel: Two cruise travel companies had displays and were some of the most visited vendors. We love our cruises don't we!
Those were some of the most popular services represented but quite a few of others like a book author, personal trainer, aroma therapy, crafts, alarm and pest services, UPS store, banks and credit unions, attorneys, and many more that I can't recall off the top of my head.
Our visit to the Vendor Fair at Village at Deaton Creek was worth it, giving us some knowledge about services and contacts we will be needing to deal with our upcoming move. The community also has a great password protected web site for residents only with a message board to report both good and bad experiences with all kinds of vendors and recommendations for whatever services you need.
This was an outside Vendors Fair but previously we attended the Clubs and Activities day at Village at Deaton Creek where the 100 clubs were represented. I got to meet some nice folks and already have my eye on signing up for the bocce club, coin collectors, Democratic club, Internet club, photography club, dance club, day trippers club, trail hiking club, ROMEO group, It's Showtime club, and....; Well I think I better cut that list back a little and ease into it a little slower. But Mary Ann and I are very excited about meeting our neighbors and living the active adult lifestyle at this Del Webb Community.
-Regards, Robert Fowler
Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb community North of Atlanta in South Hall County off the Chateau Elan exit of I-85 has about 1,150 homes build out in 2016 but there are resales of course. It is one of the most popular active adult retirement communities in Georgia.