6 times when moving to a retirement property is a better choice than staying in your family home
Are you thinking about moving into either an assisted living apartment or a retirement living apartment, but are worried it won’t match up to living in your current home? Perhaps you’re concerned you may lose your privacy, independence and social life or that you won’t feel safe and secure?
When moving into a retirement property, there's a lot to consider and it can sometimes be an overwhelming prospect. But there are also many benefits, such as the opportunity to meet new friends and being able to cut down on the stress and responsibility of upkeeping a larger, freehold property.There are steps you can take to alleviate the anxiety of moving to a retirement property, such as choosing a development where friends already own retirement apartments, or arranging an overnight visit at the development of your choice to get a real feel for the place and to meet other homeowners.
Ultimately, you need to weigh up the pros and cons of choosing a completely new lifestyle and leaving your family home behind, and decide what is best for you. To help, here are 6 times when choosing retirement living over staying in your family home is the right move:
1. When your boiler lets you down - again
When you live in a retirement property, most of the home and garden maintenance is taken care of as part of the service charge. This means you won’t need to worry about things like boiler breakdowns. You also won’t have to worry about grounds maintenance or repairing a leaky roof as these are all taken care of too!
2. When adding mobility features to your home makes you feel old
Many retirement properties are built with older people in mind and are fully equipped with hand rails in the bathroom and ramps by the front door, integrated in a stylish and subtle way. You won’t have time to feel old – because you’ll have more time to be out meeting new friends and enjoying your life.
3. When you want to go for a long holiday but are worried about leaving your home vacant
You may feel safe in your family home, but there is nothing quite like the feeling of security living in a retirement apartment. Retirement properties all have video entry systems with security codes on the front doors and all visitors must be signed in. In addition, assisted living apartments have staff who are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can go away on a long holiday without having to worry about your house being broken into.
4. When you fancy eating out, but actually going out to a restaurant is too tiring
As you get older, it can become more difficult to get out and about as often as you would like to. Retirement apartments are built to ensure that most of the facilities needed are literally right on the doorstep. For example, many assisted living or retirement living apartments have a restaurant, communal lounge and laundry room. Some even have a well-being or fitness suite. In addition, they are usually located close to shops and amenities such as Pharmacies and Doctor’s surgeries.
5. When you’re feeling lonely and fancy a nice cup of something and a chat
Sometimes as you get older, it can become difficult to visit friends, and you end up seeing them less often. Retirement properties have spaces such as communal lounges, landscaped gardens and attractive furnished roof terraces where you can meet up with friends or make new friends by joining in with social activities. But if you don’t feel like being sociable, your apartment is just a few steps away. Many assisted living apartments even have their own quiet areas like a library where you can escape to if you want to have some time to yourself.
6. When keeping on top of household finances feels like a chore
Running a household can be costly and if you’re at home for most of the day, utility bills such as heating and lighting can increase during retirement. However, the cost of living in a retirement property is more manageable because many outgoings such as buildings insurance, water rates, property and garden maintenance are all covered by the service charge.
Top Tip! Confused about the difference between retirement living and assisted living? Read these helpful pages to discover what the two retirement properties have to offer.
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