Deciding where to retire isn’t just about choosing your retirement community. It’s also about choosing the location where you want to spend your golden years. It’s weighing sun against snow, rural against urban, and multiple other variables that reflect your wishes and dreams.
Retirement is your reward and a chance to celebrate all your life’s accomplishments, so ultimately, the answer to “where should you retire?” is the place that truly enables you to live the lifestyle you’ve been working toward for so many years.
Some of the factors that could influence your decision are practical (like how far away your grandkids will be), while others are all about your lifestyle and how you expect to live as a retiree.
As the saying goes, “You can’t put a price on happiness.” Even so, finances are sure to figure into your plans as you’re deciding where to retire. One important example is your cost of living. If you’re considering relocating to a different part of the country, you’ll want to do some research about how living expenses compare to your current hometown so you’re not surprised by significantly higher monthly bills. Another consideration is local tax regulations. If you’re weighing two locations and one has more favorable tax laws, such as no sales tax, that might help tip the scales.
An important step in deciding where to retire is recognizing that your current state of health could change. Making your retirement home in a Life Plan Community, also known as a continuing care retirement community, ensures your future medical needs will be met. Springpoint Senior Living’s eight Life Plan Communities across Delaware and New Jersey offer a continuum of care as residents’ needs change. You can take advantage of maintenance-free independent living and a wide array of resort-like amenities now, with the comforting knowledge that extra support is available within the community when you need it.
Of course, in the event of an emergency, you may need care outside the community; that’s why it’s a good idea to learn about the distance and quality ratings of the hospitals near the senior living communities you’re considering.
When choosing your retirement community, you can quickly narrow your options by focusing your search around a specific point on the map, like the city where your kids and grandkids live (or maybe a point in between multiple children). It might be a place you’ve enjoyed visiting or someplace you always imagined living, like a charming coastal town. Perhaps you enjoy the bright lights and bustle of a big city like New York but prefer to settle somewhere a little quieter and make an occasional commute to take in the culture and excitement.
While you should love the amenities within your community’s grounds, it’s important you feel connected to the larger community as well. After all, there will be times when you crave a change of scenery or want to share your new surroundings with an out-of-town guest.
Ultimately, the deciding factor may not be something you can define at all, but rather a sense of safety and belonging that lets you know you’re home. For more than a century, that’s the kind of comfort and security Springpoint has been passionate about bringing to seniors.
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