A lot of preparation goes into retirement — 401(k)s, IRAs, downsizing. In the midst of maximizing your savings and planning for the future, it is crucial not to lose sight of the bigger picture, like where you plan to live. Making sure your home is equipped for your specific needs can be quite the undertaking. Here are the most important things seniors need in a home for retirement.
Location, location, location
With most of life’s big decisions, location is key, but even more so when you are basing those decisions on your golden years. The location of where you live should seamlessly integrate into the lifestyle you want. Are you within quick access to good health care? Is being near a hub airport important to you and your visiting family members? Would you prefer to avoid cold winters? These are all questions you should answer prior to choosing a senior living community.
Make sure you have an open floor plan with wide hallways
As frightful as it may be, living in a place with a wide open floor plan and handicap accessible hallways is imperative. The chances are high that at a certain point you or your partner will need those wide hallways for wheelchair accessibility or a walker, and the last thing you want to deal with is having to move again. Take the floorplan into consideration before making a move.
Be sure everything is easily accessible
To avoid completely relinquishing your daily tasks such as laundry, cooking, dishwashing, and even showering, move to a community that will accommodate your needs. Senior living communities are outfitted for aging residents to comfortably complete daily tasks. That includes step-in showers and eye-level appliance setups.
Stairs will likely turn into the bain of your existence. Purchasing a single-level home will take away a lot of the stress and anxiety associated with your daily routine, plus you won’t have to install any expensive lifts to get you up and down those pesky stairwells.