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Planning for Senior Living
11/20/2014

Planning for Senior Living

Steps to take to prepare for your future

As you enter your senior years, you may find yourself wondering about senior housing. Most people want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, but there comes a point when the ease, convenience and safety of living in a senior housing facility might add up to the best move. Here are some things to consider that may help you make your decision.
 
While your senior years can be lengthened with a healthy and active lifestyle, you may find that, as the years go on, the everyday activities become more difficult. When your safety is at stake, you may need to consider moving to a senior living facility.
 
The move to senior housing is a challenging decision to make on many levels. It can be difficult for seniors to give up their independence and they may be scared of moving out of a home that they’ve lived in for many years,” said Diana Rodriguez of EverydayHealth.com. “Senior housing can also be very expensive if this move wasn’t anticipated and planned for funds or long-term care insurance.”
 
To financially prepare yourself for your retirement and your move to senior housing, there are steps you can take now to boost your savings and your confidence in your future.
 
“When it comes to retirement, many of us are running scared. One of the biggest fears is that we’ll live long enough to run out of money,” said Rodney Brooks of USA Today. Some of Brooks’ tips to financially prepare for the future include the following.
 
Set a financial goal for yourself and start planning. Determine how much you think you may need for the future. There are resources, such as the website www.choosetosave.org, that can help you come up with an estimate.
 
Define what you want in your retirement and what you look for in a senior living facility. What do you want to do for fun and leisure in the future? Be sure to set aside funds so you can still do what you like to do after you move into senior housing.
 
Take control of your debt now. As you plan for your future and your move into a senior living facility, you don’t want to be concerned about carrying your debt with you. Take steps to pay down any debt now.
 
Be prepared for emergencies. As you age, you likely will encounter more emergencies than you did in your younger years. Plan ahead by setting aside money that can come in handy when the unexpected occurs.
 
Chances are you’ll need to start looking into senior housing before you’re really ready to move. Getting the information you need in advance can help make the decision to move much easier when it’s time. The Senior Resource Group (www.srgseniorliving.com) offered some helpful steps to take to prepare you for what to look for in your future senior living facility: 
  • Start researching in advance. Ask family, friends and trusted advisors, such as an estate attorney, for recommendations.
  • Determine what type of facility will best meet your needs. Understand your needs and your options, including the fees and lifestyle involved.
  • Tour the facilities. Get a feel for the culture of the facilities you are most interested in by taking a tour. Sample the food, attend a social event and speak with the residents.
  • Allow yourself time. Choosing the right senior living facility is important, so take the necessary time to evaluate your options. 
When it comes to selecting a senior living facility to move into, you want to be financially, emotionally and physically prepared. Taking the necessary steps now to prepare for your future can make all the difference.
 

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