How To Choose Retirement Accommodation


You will find a wide range of retirement living options. As such, you could be confused about the option that suits you best. The article below explains what you should consider when deciding your post-retirement living arrangements. 

Your Family

Retirement is an opportunity to spend more time with your close family members. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise if you opt to live close to your kids or grandkids. Aging at home is an instant solution for people who wish to live together with their families. However, other accommodation options also promote close family ties. For example, you could opt to live in a spacious retirement apartment. It allows your family members to visit at will. When moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility, examine the terms and conditions to determine whether or not you are allowed to receive guests. In addition, check when your family members are allowed to visit. 

Health Needs 

As you age, your body begins to weaken. Therefore, you could develop mobility problems or age-related illnesses like diabetes or arthritis. When assessing your retirement accommodation options, consider your future health needs. For instance, if you have arthritis, you could opt for properties with rails and lowered shelves to ease mobility and promote independence. Suppose you suffer from a condition requiring round-the-clock medical supervision; you could decide to hire respite care services, move into a nursing home or assisted living facility. 

Socialisation Opportunities

Given that you will no longer be working, boredom could take over during your retirement years. As such, your preferred retirement accommodation should make it easy for you to interact with your peers. For example, a retirement village enables you to live close to other seniors. Besides, the facilities have recreation amenities such as golf courses, members' clubs and tennis courts. Moreover, residents organise charity events, barbeques and parties to ensure new members can easily interact with other residents. If you wish to live in a retirement village, conduct background research to determine the demographics of residents living in the complex. For instance, you could prefer villages whose members belong to a particular profession. 


Your preferred retirement accommodation must be affordable. If you decide to live in rented accommodation, examine the hidden and additional accommodation costs. For instance, you might have to pay property management fees if you live in a strata development. When buying property in a retirement village, read the terms of sale to determine your property rights. For example, will you get a share of the property's appreciation when selling the property? Additionally, check if you can renovate or improve the property. 

For more information about retirement living, contact a local service.


28 March 2022

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