Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
And if I stay there will be double
So you gotta let me know
Should I cool it or should I blow?
In the early 1980s, you hummed English punk rock band The Clash’s song “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” any time you had a big decision to make: Should I end my relationship? Should I go on that overseas getaway? Should I quit my job? Today, you hear the tune in your mind when contemplating an entirely new life decision: Should I stay in my home, or should I move to a continuing care retirement community?
Perhaps you have friends who have recently taken the plunge and moved to a retirement community, or maybe it’s those constant AARP mailings keeping downsizing on the brain. Even if you know you’re not ready to make a decision about relocating now, you know you’ll need to do it eventually, which is why you should start weighing the pros and cons of relocating sooner rather than later.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled a few reasons why many older adults decide to stay in their homes:
Maintain the Sense of Community You Know
No matter if you’ve lived in your home 10 years or 50, you’ve developed a sense of familiarity and community with the people and places around you. You’ve become good friends with your neighbors. You enjoy attending the local high school’s sporting events. You look forward to the days you volunteer at the area soup kitchen. While you know it would just be a matter of time before you became accustomed to new surroundings at a retirement community, you also know the sense of community you feel now would be difficult to eclipse.
The Opportunity to Re-Discover Your Community
On the flip side of the coin, many older adults will live in an area for years without really knowing it. Now that you’re retired or nearing retirement, you can take the time to discover all sorts of things about your community that you overlooked or didn’t have time for when you were working. “Lots of cities have become more interesting and friendly to retirees by investing in sidewalks and trails, plus mass transit, housing, and health care facilities that work well for the 50-plus set,” according to Time.
Room for Your Extensive Collection
If you live in a sizeable home, downsizing to a retirement community cottage or apartment can make you feel cramped. And while you know it won’t be a problem to cut through the clutter you’ve acquired through the years, you know scaling your collections—like your art or book collection—is not something you want to do.
Pride in Your Home/Hometown
Every home has a story, every homeowner a reason to feel proud. This is especially true if you built your home or if you’ve finished paying off your mortgage. But non-tangible points of pride can make you want to stay, too. The fact that your children took their first steps in the family room, for example. Pride in your hometown may be another reason to stay put. If your family has lived in the same town for generations, for example, leaving may be difficult to do.
A Place for Loved Ones to Stay
A once full empty nest is one of the many reasons people begin thinking about downsizing. But if you have out-of-town friends or family who visit often, the extra rooms may not be as noticeable to you as they would be to others. In fact, having that extra space may be a blessing.
Already know you want to remain in your home? Click here to connect with us about Kendal at Home, a unique program that combines the security of a continuing care retirement community with the freedom and independence of staying in your home.