There's no doubt about it -- moving to a new home can be exciting and frightening all at the same time. Some say moving in retirement is sort of like buying your first home all over again. You feel the butterflies that come with change and a new adventure ahead.One of the best ways to confirm you’re “making the best move” is to tackle and overcome your concerns.
Here are some of the top fears we’ve heard about moving to a senior living community:
Dispelling the 4 Biggest Fears of Moving to a Senior Living Community
Fear #1: What If My Home Doesn’t Sell?
Even after reading everything on how to sell your home, most people still have a lingering “what if.”
Selling your current home is an important aspect of moving into a senior living community. Many people try to perfectly align the timing of selling their current home and moving into their new home. In reality, it often doesn’t work that way.
That’s why at Twin Towers we developed a program that allows you to put a deposit down to secure the independent living home you want while you work through the application process and sell your current home.
Our program gives you 90 days to get through the application process and move in, along with a 13-month, no-interest promissory note to defer the entry fee payment available if your home hasn’t sold when you move in.
Fear #2: What If I Don’t Have Enough Money?
Most people are surprised to find senior residential communities are more affordable than they initially thought. Why?
Because there are different plans and options so you can find what works best for you. At Twin Towers, we have 40+ floor plans to help prospective residents find the home and services that fit within their financial situation.
We also offer free, informal financial reviews that include affordability calculations based on your age, monthly income, home value, liquid assets and lifestyle expenses. We want all our residents to gain a sense of financial security for the future when they move into their new home.
Fear #3: What If I Don’t Know Anyone Living There?
Any move to a new environment requires some time to get to know people and to settle into a routine. But a move to a senior living community opens up a wide variety of options that you may have never considered.
One of the biggest benefits of living in a neighborhood of residents aged 62 and older is the sense of community and friendships you gain. Your neighbors are people like you with the same goal of enjoying the life they worked for.
There is absolutely no reason to "say goodbye" to old friends, but there is every reason to welcome new ones, to participate in new experiences and to embrace a lifestyle that you design for yourself.
Fear #4: What If It Doesn’t Feel Like Home?
Now is the time to downsize and only keep what you truly love! When you surround yourself with things that truly mean something to you, it immediately feels like home.
As you prepare to put your current home on the market, get a better return on your time by making it a two-for-one. Downsize your belongings to make your home instantly appear more spacious and ready for buyers.
Use your new home and the lifestyle you plan to live as a guide on what to keep and what not to keep.
When Is the Right Time to Move to a Retirement Neighborhood?
People often wonder if they are too young to move into a senior living neighborhood or retirement community.
For a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) such as Twin Towers, the younger, the better. A CCRC is an investment into the lifestyle you want to live now and the care you may need in the future. Most people choose to move while they are independent and active.
At Twin Towers, most residents move into an independent living patio home or apartment in one of our two residential neighborhoods. They gain many included amenities and services and become part of the Twin Towers community.
If or when assistance or care is needed, they stay within the community but can move into an assisted living home or skilled nursing arrangement. This allows our residents to remain living in a community where they have built friendships, know the staff and feel at home.
The truth is a move to a retirement neighborhood can be freeing. When home maintenance and other services are included, you have much more time to focus on the things you want to do.
Travel, visit with friends, learn yoga, take classes or do whatever interests you. Find a community that offers the services and assistance you want to give you freedom to structure your days and life in a way that brings you happiness and fulfillment.
We invite you to visit our neighborhood here at Twin Towers senior living in Cincinnati. Tour our apartment homes and spacious single-family patio homes and experience what a day is like at Twin Towers.
Schedule your visit to Twin Towers today or give us a call! 513-853-2000.