Putting off major decisions such as moving to a senior living community can be daunting, and often, we put them out of our minds to avoid making them. Of course, the right time for this decision is different for everyone, but what is true for everyone is that sooner is better than later. Below we will explore some reasons to start the process of exploring communities and making an informed decision about your future.
- Make the decision yours. This will likely be your last big life decision, and you should be a part of that decision. Right now, you may be thinking, “well of course I will be part of the decision,” unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many wait until something happens to them medically to decide, and the problem is that many times whatever happens can limit your ability to make the decision for yourself. Do your research now and let your loved ones know your wishes should something happen to you. This will also give them one less thing to worry about regarding your care.
- Make an informed decision. Doing your research now and having a plan in place allows making an informed decision about your future. Waiting until you must move somewhere to begin looking into communities can lead to a decision that will be made under duress. Making a quick decision can lead to being unhappy with where you are living, and moving to another community can lead to more stress.
- Make sure the community you choose has availability. Every day until 2030, 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65[i], and 7 out of 10 of those will require long-term care at some point in their lives[ii]. Many communities have waitlists that may require a small deposit that is usually refundable should you decide not to move there. These waitlists can often have a wait of a year if not longer. Joining a waitlist may allow you to experience many of the community’s amenities and make friends with residents before moving in.
In the words of the great American philosopher Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up someplace else.”
[i] “2020 Census Will Help Policymakers Prepare for the Incoming Wave of Aging Boomers” (census.gov – opens in new window), site accessed 01/10/22.
[ii] 2020 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (https://acl.gov/ltc/basic-needs/how-much-care-will-you-need – opens in new window). Site accessed01/10/22.