Is there a magic age when it makes sense for seniors to move into a retirement community? Is there a life milestone that signifies the perfect time to transition? When should you start looking?
“The best time to start looking is, quite simply, now! This doesn’t mean you need to move right away, but starting your search early gives you peace of mind. It also saves you and your family from the stress and pressure of making a decision on the fly,” says Kat Theus, Community Relations Manager for Berwick on the Lake.
What happens when you delay
Too many people put off researching retirement options, but that doesn’t put off the need to move. Eventually, a change in health, a fall or the loss of a spouse makes moving necessary, and rushed. In that moment of stress and emotion, few of us will have the time or energy to properly investigate retirement communities and find a home we love.
“Delaying adds pressure to the decision-making process that isn’t necessary,” Kat says.
Another thing to keep in mind? If you wait until the last moment, you may not be able to move into the community of your choice.
“Some places have wait lists that can be several months long. You’re not obligated to go on their wait lists when you go for a tour, but you’ll still want to have an idea of how long the wait times are.”
Research can be fun!
Looking at retirement communities can be a fun adventure — take a friend or family member with you to share the excitement and offer an extra set of eyes.
“It’s great to have a look at a few different options so that you can compare, and prioritize what really matters to you. You may not even know what you are looking for until you see it,” Kat says.
If you’re a reader, a library would be a great plus; maybe you really enjoy exercising, so find out about their programs — do they have a gym, do classes? How often? If outdoor spaces are your thing, make sure you have a look at the grounds — can you have plants on your patio?
“There’s lots to learn and many questions to have answered. Sometimes it takes more than one trip to find out everything that you want to know. It’s great to be prepared as well — jot down the things that matter to you, and find out if they can be accommodated.”
Start your search early so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve made the right decision for yourself. And don’t forget to let your family know your decision so they can help carry out your wishes.
Staff and residents of Berwick on the Lake are always happy and proud to show off their home. If you’re interested in a visit, please contact Kat, the Community Relations Manager, at 250-729-7995. To follow along with the latest adventures from community members, visit instagram.com/berwick.lake.