Know When it's the Right Time to Move
When is it Time to Move?
While the decision of WHEN to give up the big house remains a personal and emotional one, some factors need to be considered. All residences - big or small - require maintenance.
If you have reason to believe you may become less than diligent about keeping up with repairs, even as MORE chores show up (the house isn't getting any younger either!), then you may want to consider selling. Homes that show signs of deferred maintenance will bring less value on the marketplace.
When is the right time to make a move?
This is not a straight forward answer. There are some rules of thumb that may help in arriving at an answer. If you are living in a home that is too large for you to maintain, then it makes sense to consider a move to a senior community. There are other reasons that may encourage you to make the move. These include being able to maintain an independent lifestyle without putting yourself at risk.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you able to go out and buy groceries and other necessities?
- Are you able and motivated to cook and eat meals?
- Do you have enough social contact with friends, family and neighbors?
- Do you get enough exercise and are you able to perform all the little chores that one needs to do to keep functioning?
If the answer is no to any of these questions, then a senior community may be your answer.
When selecting the right community for your loved one, it is very important that the whole family is involved in the decision-making process. A lot of people will not readily admit to infirmities that limit them from functioning at 100% capacity and as a result they put themselves at risk.
Everyone wants to believe that they can maintain their independence indefinitely and sometimes a move to a senior living community will enable you to continue being independent with the minimum of assistance. Family members can be helpful in reaching the right decision and in assisting with making the transition smooth and pleasant.
Come talk to one of our senior living counselors about the cost benefits of living at Waltonwood vs. your home. Let us help you determine how much extra it may cost you to remain in your present "comfort zone" for a few more years vs. living at Waltonwood.
Making the decision to move is the first, but not necessarily the hardest step. It's common for individuals to be hesitant and have anxiety of the unknown. After making the move, many say it was the best decision they had ever made.