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Senior Downsizing: Moving Tips for Your New Home
Planning for the Future | 11/13/18
Does the thought of downsizing your home excite you, or scare you? There are surprisingly many joys to downsizing, especially during retirement. You are gaining not only a new home, but less space to clean and maintain, less clutter, and more time to spend doing things you enjoy.
Many seniors consider downsizing once they reach retirement because they have more time on their hands. Moving is time-consuming, but once you’re settled you’ll have extra free time to travel, spend with friends and family, try a new hobby, or whatever else your heart desires.
Still not convinced you’re ready to downsize? Let’s explore some of the ways downsizing can help you live your best life during retirement.
You’ll gain more freedom from worries and to-do lists.
Moving to a continuing care retirement community means moving to a place where many of your previous daily tasks are taken care of by someone else. No more mowing the lawn, weeding the landscaping, or power-washing the house. No more bundling up to shovel the driveway when it snows overnight. And the list goes on!
“I wake up every morning worry-free. I no longer have to deal with house repairs, snow removal, cooking and housekeeping issues; it’s all done for me here. I am very pleased with the lifestyle at Winchester Gardens and I am very satisfied with this stage of my life!” – Ted, resident
You’ll have peace of mind for the future.
One of the biggest reasons to move to a senior retirement community is knowing care is there if or when you need it. Independent living is a wonderful first step, but if someday your health changes, you can stay in the same community and access health amenities and services you need for higher quality of life. This same peace of mind transfers to your loved ones, too. They’ll feel better knowing you have help if you need it.
You’ll Love Your New Home
It may take some time, because change isn’t easy for everyone. Before you know it, your senior living community will feel like home. You can make your apartment your own, just like your previous home, and as you gain new friendships, a sense of purpose, and fulfillment in retirement. All will feel as it should. You’ll wonder to yourself, “why didn’t I make this change sooner?”
You will have fewer financial concerns.
Another benefit of seniors downsizing is the reduction of costs that come with larger homes. If you don’t need to heat and cool so much space, why are you paying an arm and a leg for it? If you don’t need the cost that comes with hiring a landscaper, why are you paying for it? All of this and more are the joys of downsizing to a retirement community.
You’ll have enough space, but not too much space.
When you think about moving to a senior living community, what do you see? Do you picture a tiny apartment with hardly any space to move around? Contrary to this stereotype, many continuing care retirement communities offer a variety of floorplans with varying square footage. You’re sure to find one that suits your needs – with plenty of room to grow.
There are more benefits of downsizing to a retirement community than those listed here. The best way to learn them is to see them with your own eyes. We can help with that. Let those of us at Winchester Gardens answer your questions about senior living in person. Contact us today to schedule a tour or request more information.