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Top 5 Reasons to Move to a Retirement Community

At long last, you are retired! This is what you worked so hard for all those years. Now you have more time for travel, new hobbies and getting together with family and friends. But if you are like many retirees, retirement life can often be weighed down by stressors like home maintenance and unexpected expenses. Why not spend your time doing more of what you love? Following are some top reasons to make the move to a retirement community:

1) Maintenance Free Living

Retirement should mean enjoying life to its fullest. Clark’s maintenance-free lifestyle allows you to enjoy life and focus on what matters most. You can forget about all that maintenance required of a house – no more mowing the lawn, snow blowing the driveway or dealing with a leaky roof. We take care of all of the grounds and home maintenance needs, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, connect with friends and family and pursue your interests. Your time is your own! 

2) Right-Sizing

What you needed in a home when you were working and raising a family is much different than what you need during retirement. The concept of downsizing is often used in retirement. Couples and individuals opting for a smaller, more simple dwelling place. The term downsize implies you’re taking a step back or down. But for today’s active retirees, we prefer to use the term “right-size” and by that we mean finding a home that fits your lifestyle. Making a move and right-sizing your space will give you the freedom and flexibility to spend more time doing all the things you love rather than spending your time maintaining your living space. 

At Clark, you can choose between spacious townhomes, cozy apartments or luxury apartment homes, all of which include a wide selection of amenities and add on services that make life convenient. Explore our many independent living options at two beautiful locations:


Keller Lake Apartment Homes – Keller Lake’s beautiful new community features 52 luxury apartment homes. The contemporary apartment homes offer spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom options. The community features West Michigan’s first townsquare model.

Keller Lake Towne Homes – Spacious towne homes are clustered around Keller Lake. Each towne home offers two bedrooms, two full baths, a full kitchen, living room, dining room, solarium, cathedral ceilings, and an oversized attached garage.


Towne Homes at Franklin – Our one- and two-bedroom brick towne homes create a wonderful neighborhood at the Franklin entrance. The towne homes offer full kitchens, living and dining rooms, sun rooms, and attached garages.

Sherman Court Homes – Perfect for a simpler lifestyle, these homes offer full kitchens, porches and lush yards for gardening and entertaining.

Sherman Street Apartments – Gorgeous new one-and two bedroom apartments featuring full kitchens with beautifully appointed quartz countertops and modern appliances

Terrace & Manor Apartments – Classic one and two-bedroom apartments offer full kitchens and all of the amenities available in our Franklin flagship building.

Franklin Suites & Studio Apartments – The suite and studio apartments offer three floor plans to accommodate various preferences and include kitchenettes.

3) The Promise of Lifetime Housing

A Life Plan Community like Clark is a community with the added promise of lifetime housing for residents. This allows you to “age in place” no matter what happens next. As a Clark resident, we promise you will always have a home in our community, even if your financial resources are depleted through longevity or illness. Think of it as having peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Should your needs change, you can rest assured you’ll receive quality care and support. At Clark we have multiple levels of care all in one community including Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care

4) Financial Security

One of the biggest benefits of being in a Life Plan Community is financial security. This means you won’t be a burden on family should there be any unexpected health changes or financial issues that arise. You initially pay an entrance fee of which a portion is refunded when you leave your Life Plan home. You also pay a monthly fee which varies depending on the home you choose and other services you may receive. It’s common for your loved ones to worry about your future needs and the potential “what-if’s” down the road. Moving into a Life Plan Community gives you and your loved one’s peace of mind knowing that no matter what happens, you will be cared for and your financial resources will not be depleted.

5) Vibrant Living 

Imagine spacious and well-appointed living spaces, access to a wide variety of amenities including health and wellness options, housekeeping and laundry services, dining options and so much more. Life is certainly vibrant at Clark!

Whether it’s working on a project in our woodworking studio, coffee with neighbors at the piazza overlooking Keller Lake, viewing art in the Donna Chase Art Gallery, taking a yoga class at the Wellness Center or attending a concert in the chapel, our community is always buzzing with activity. Clark’s extensive social calendar, filled with engaging activities and outings, make our community a sought-after place for senior living. Community is core in everything we do and ours is one where neighbors feel like family.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about our independent living options, fill out the form below to schedule a tour today or to receive additional information about pricing and availability. You can also call (616) 278-6520 or email to speak with one of our senior living advisors.

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