You may be surprised that many folks today are reaching ages that they never thought possible thanks to medical advancements. People who once were considered eligible for assisted living still find themselves very active and happy. Perhaps you might be one of them. However, it’s never too early to discuss plans for the future. When it comes to figuring out what you should do, there are many options out there for you. Consider this advice from Feisty Side of 50.
Assisted living is a scary concept for those who don’t know what it means. Some think of this type of facility as “a nursing home,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Assisted living is more than just a place for older adults to rest their head. It is a place where seniors can gather and have fun in their later years, even if they have a disability or medical needs. Many choose assisted living in order to be around their peers. Others do it for the convenience it offers. There are several places all around the US that offer games and social events for seniors to enjoy.
But is it the right time to discuss moving to one of these facilities?
Assisted living is great for those who have medical issues that need to be constantly supervised. Say if you or your loved one starts forgetting to take important medication or maybe forgets the stove is on. Small memory lapses can quickly become big issues. Assisted living can help you stay on top of important things. Not to mention they provide care around the clock for accidents that can arise.
There are a ton of options for you to choose from, but which one is the right one? You can pick from independent living in a community of your peers, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, or even continuous care retirement communities. Each of these places offers you different perks, so visit each place to determine what fits best.
Then of course there is the option to age in place. This will allow you to remain in the comfort of your home. If you are going this route though, you may need to modify your home, especially in areas like the bathroom. Renovations to your home may be the best solution for you, but keep in mind that it can become pricey depending on how many rooms you renovate.
When renovating, you’ll also need to look into remodeling the steps in and around your home. Stairs can become a problem for you as you get older. Thinking about these things now will prepare you for the future.
Once you have established where you want to go, the next big step is to declutter your home and think about what to do with it. You have many options, and not all roads lead to selling.
Selling might be the right option if you plan to use the funds for your new place. But before you stake that sign in the front yard you should do a quick check on the market. The last thing you want is to sell your home for a lower price due to the changes in the market.
Study the market and see what you can get for your home before making any plans to sell. The house isn’t going anywhere while you are away, so you don’t have to be hasty on what you are going to do with it.
Whether you decide to age in place, move into a senior community, or move into an assisted living facility, this time of your life can be a bit stressful. But it doesn’t have to be if you have a plan in place so you know what you’re going to do. These choices shouldn’t be taken lightly, so take the process slowly and try to remember that life is an adventure and you are simply stepping into the next chapter of your life.
This guest post was graciously provided by Hazel Bridges.