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August 25, 2014

Retirement Relocation or Retirement at Home: What’s Right for Me?

As you get closer to your retirement, you’re probably asking yourself several questions about your future. How do I want to spend my time? Will I be bored if I don’t work? And then there’s the most important question of all: Do I want to retire at home, or should I relocate to a retirement community?

We can’t answer that question for you. Where you choose to spend your retirement is a choice only you can make. What we can do is help you ask the right questions to find the right answer. If you’re having trouble deciding where to spend your retirement, here are a few questions to ask yourself.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding Where to Retire

    1. Do I feel comfortable in my current living situation? Wherever you choose to retire, you want to make sure you’re comfortable. If your current living situation doesn’t make you feel safe and engaged, a retirement community might be a good option. However, if you’re still able to move throughout your home easily and live independently, there might not be a reason for you to move.
    2. How would I like living in a community? The degree to which residents participate in a retirement community’s activities varies on an individual basis, but it’s important to consider you feel about the community lifestyle. Does the idea of dining with other residents excite you? Are you interested in participating in social functions?
    3. Where do I see myself in 10 or 20 years? Part of moving to a retirement community involves setting up a plan for your future. Figuring out where you eventually want to live if you do require consistent outside care is an important decision to make.
    4. Who else do I need to consider in this decision? If you have a spouse, children, or even parents who are part of your daily life, then this might not be a decision you can make on your own. Make sure you consider all of your loved ones who will be affected by where you choose to spend your retirement.

Keep in mind that even if you make one decision now, you can always change your mind later. Where you choose to spend your retirement is an important choice, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent one. If you aren’t ready to commit to a continuing care retirement community right now, continue to explore your feelings before you make a final decision.

Have you thought about where you want to spend your retirement? Is retirement relocation or retirement at home right for you? What are your biggest questions and concerns?

Oberlin Living


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