For many, the American Dream is all about owning your own home. But when kids leave the nest and retirement looms, that sprawling home can start to feel more like a burden than a dream. There are gutters to clean, lawns to be mowed, garages to organize – not to mention the daily household duties of cooking, cleaning and endless laundry.
Eventually, the idea of downsizing can be a welcome relief — one that more and more seniors are starting to explore. If you haven't yet thought about your next move, there are a few reasons you should probably start.
It's not exactly downsizing
Think of it as supersizing rather than downsizing. Senior living residents have so much less to deal with, from cleaning to cooking. All of those things go away, but in the meantime, they gain access to fitness centers, dining, activities, excursions, and more. So the personal space might decrease, but in the meantime, they have many more activities and amenities available to them.
When you think of your golden years, chances are they don't include the daily grind and upkeep of maintaining a home and household. When you downsize to a senior living community, you can focus on making your retirement an enriching and rewarding time. Make new, like-minded friends — all in the comfort of your own comfortable, private apartment.
Moving is the scariest part
For many, giving up “home” is a big decision – one that can seem intimidating, but many wish that they moved sooner.
You're investing in your future
For many seniors, downsizing to a senior living community isn't just about convenience, though it certainly provides that. If you decide to move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community, this can be a wise move for your financial future. According to Kiplinger, a CCRC can be a wise investment, as they allow seniors to age in place, with skilled nursing and long-term medical care available on-site. And with several financial plans from which to choose, you can select the program that works with your health, your budget and your needs.
It's peace of mind
Even if you're not yet ready to downsize, it's important to understand your options.
There are people who talk to communities before turning 62 and the minute they turned 62 they move in. And there are those people who move in at 85. It's never too late, and talking to someone about it doesn't mean you have to make the decision now. But, it's better to plan earlier so you know what your options are.
For more information, contact Spring Arbor.