It can be difficult to make the decision to move out of a long-time home, especially when you’re considering moving to a retirement community. Making the decision to move to a retirement community shouldn’t wait until you experience a crisis, when the process of moving can become much more difficult and feel less like a choice.
Our team at Wesley Manor retirement community in Louisville, KY, has compiled some advice on how to decide when it’s time to move to a retirement community as well as information about the many benefits of making that move while you’re still active.
Advantages of senior living communities
Senior living and retirement communities are designed to provide you with full independence, while offering the amenities and services you want to live life to the fullest.
Some of the many advantages of senior living communities include:
- No need to worry about home or yard maintenance: Dealing with tasks like shoveling snow and home maintenance can consume more of your time as you get older, taking away time and energy from activities you enjoy. In a senior living community, the staff can take care of these tasks, so you can pursue your passions.
- Enjoyment of easy access to more amenities: Senior living communities typically offer fitness classes, adult education, special events, and entertainment within walking distance of your front door. They also offer organized outings and transportation to off-site events. We make it easy to find the activities that are right for you.
- Making friends with similar interests: Whether you’re looking to find a gardening buddy, are interested in deepening your yoga practice, or want to get better at woodworking, senior communities offer a great way to connect with other retired individuals with similar hobbies.
When to make the move
Many seniors wait until a major crisis or health event occurs before deciding to move to a retirement community. Waiting until that stage of life, however, can make a move and the adjustment to a new home far more difficult. Moving to a retirement community following a crisis may make it harder to find new friends or take advantage of the many activities independent living communities have to offer.
As you consider the best time to move to a retirement community, here are some factors to consider:
- Moving early is better than moving late: Settling into a new community is easier at a more active age and can set you up for enhanced assistance you may need later.
- Consider a realistic future in 5 to 10 years: Though grappling with realities of aging can be difficult, looking at the realities of whether you’ll be able to drive in 10 years or how difficult yard work will be can make the whole process more enjoyable. Getting assistance with these tasks at a retirement community can free up your time and energy for more fulfilling hobbies and better enable your independence.
- Selecting the right community is important: Starting early with searching for and applying for retirement communities gives you the opportunity to select the right fit, get accepted, and have time to sell your home. This helps you end up somewhere you love instead of settling for the only open place.
If you have questions about this process, reach out to our team at Wesley Manor in Louisville, KY. We’ll help you learn more about when to apply for independent living facilities and how to find the right match for you.