There is always a great deal of planning that goes into retirement. If you or a loved one are considering retirement you have to think not only about finances, but also about the emotional aspects of no longer working and deciding where you want to live. Many older Americans choose to move to a retirement community because of the amenities and lifestyle that these facilities offer. There is a wide range of options to consider when looking at potential communities. Because you are choosing a place where you will likely be living for an extended time, it is important to be sure you select a community that fits your life and expectations.
Consider what type of lifestyle you envision for your golden years. Everyone is different. While some people want to pursue further education or travel the world, others may want to simply sit back and relax in a friendly atmosphere. When looking at specific communities, ask about what amenities are available. Consider whether or not the community promotes an active lifestyle or a more laid-back atmosphere. Ask about the focus or theme of the community and, above all, ask other residents what the overall feeling is living there.
Moving is not usually an exciting prospective later in life. Ideally, you will be able to make a decision now that will allow you to live happily in the same place for the future. The reality is that 70% of adults will need long-term care at some point in their life. Therefore, it is important to also consider the health care services offered by the retirement communities you are looking at. Many facilities offer a wide variety of care services. Finding a place that offers assisted living or skilled nursing care will greatly improve the odds that you will not be forced to move to an unfamiliar place later on.
Finally, consider whether or not the community you are looking at is accepting of pets or children. If you have spent much of your life with pets, or have grandchildren it is likely that you will not want to give up these things to live somewhere. It is important to find a community that allows you to continue living life the way you have been. Many communities also have resident pets that offer companionship to seniors who have a love for animals, but no pet of their own.
When considering a retirement community be sure that you do not sacrifice things that are important to you. With all of the options out there today, there is certainly a community that will fit all of your needs and wants. By finding a place that allows you to live as you want, you will ensure happiness as the years roll on.
As an accredited attorney with the Veterans Administration, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Darol Tuttle of Washington State, has helped numerous families plan for the future and protect their assets.