Guidelines in Choosing Retirement Housing

by : Miodrag Trajkovic



1. Determine if living in retirement housing is for you. Living in retirement housing requires a lot of adjustments and flexibility. Ask yourself if you can be flexible with your new environment. Your lifestyle may also change and you should be prepared that the place, the surroundings, the people and many factors may be far more different from what you have now.

2. Consider it early. Living in a retirement location may require you a lot of time to make a decision. However, you should consider it early. It will be difficult for you to decide when your health is already failing. You need to think about it and decide for it before your body starts to get weak. In addition, moving in to retirement housing will undoubtedly bring on physical and emotional stress because of the changes in lifestyle. Therefore, it is better to make your decisions while you are still strong and able to cope with changes.

3. Make a list on what you are looking for in a retirement location. Since moving to a retirement housing means living in a new place, shop around before jumping on a final decision. Make a checklist of what you like in a retirement location. Getting a handbook of every prospect will also help you make the job easier. Consider the houses, the neighborhood, the different amenities and accessibility of the place.

4. Visit the home. It is better to check on many retirement locations before you make the final choice. You can then narrow down your choices. Visiting the place will help you make the comparison and will make you also consider if the place feels right for you. That will also be the chance for you make a survey of the neighborhood. You can also ask them what they like about the place, the experiences and the things that they do not like about the place.

5. Know the legal structures involved in getting retirement housing. You should be aware of the legal issues, implications that are involved in getting a retirement home. Know the service charges; stamp duties, legislations, and capital replacements costs that will be involved. Read the files and documentations involved and consult with a lawyer.

6. Know the fees. Determine the fees involved in getting the retirement housing. Ask about the entry cost, service and departure fees. Also, consider the benefits and risks involved in the location for you to be able to assess if the charges are worth it. Do not forget expenses that will arise once you have moved in the place. You need money to live and that is why it important to have a financial plan before you make any permanent decisions about moving into a retirement location.