Is there ever a right time to do anything in life? We often ask the same question of ourselves many times throughout this journey........
The honest truth is that if you are having doubts about living on your own or your Physician or family members have raised the question of moving into assisted living then now is probably the right time to start considering your options.
Here are few questions that you will have to ask yourselves in order to get the right perspective on what it is you want from life as you age.
- Do you currently live close to family or would you consider a move to be closer to them?
- Are you aware of your income and what spending requirements are needed in a care facility?
- Do you have health issues that prevent you from staying in your own home?
- Are the health issues that you have now likely to progress quickly?
- Are you likely to give up driving in the next year?
- Does preparing meals pose a problem? Are you getting adequate nutrition?
- Is shopping becoming a burden?
Families often begin seeking senior living options following some sort of life-changing event. By expressing your retirement preferences, visiting potential options with family or friends, and keeping the lines of communication open, you will be much more prepared to handle the transition process in the event that something unforseen happens.
If possible, visit or begin communication with a variety of senior living options in your desired location, which will help you develop a feel for the ones that best fit your budget and your needs. Find out what levels of care and amenities are offered at each community and if Home Care is available should you need it in the future. Once you’ve narrowed your choices to a few communities that interest you, take advantage of a walk-through or ask if it is possible to dine in as a guest.This will also allow you to sample the food and observe any community activities.
If you have friends or family already residing in an assisted living home then don't be afraid to ask questions or visit them for a chat about what life is like in their environment.
The big question that is often overlooked is what about your current home? If you are planning to list your home for sale then you need to interview realtors that are aware of your needs and they need to know that you may be moving out before the property sells. Showing a vacant property is different to a possible buyer viewing a home that is lived in. There are also insurance considerations to be dealt with if your home is vacant as well as maintenance issues. Also consult your financial advisor to be sure that a move won't stress you financially if it takes some time to sell your property. The last thing you want to do is to be worrying about your last home while you are transitioning into your new one!
The main thing to think about is that you are starting to talk about the next phase of your life and that you want to be in control as much as possible. The more prepared you are for your move then the easier and smoother the change will seem.