Home-retirement may be our best and most affordable option. The check list for a permanent move to another area of the country (or world) could be extensive. Retiring at home would avoid the need to move to a strange city and sell a home that we may have lived in for 20 to 40 years.
Retiring at home would eliminate the necessity of leaving a local network of friends which were developed over many years. This network makes up a big part of a support system that everyone needs. How many truly good friends does each of us have in this life that we could count on when we needed them? Such people don’t come along that often and are tough to leave.
In addition to simply learning to navigate in a strange city, the move would also involve:
If you decide on home-retirement, will your home’s design support your need to “age in place?” If not you may want to consider some modifications to your home. Depending on your current health and mobility status, needed modifications can be made over time.
Planning modifications can be daunting but there are places where you can get help. There are local contractors, who would be willing to give you a free professional opinion. You can also find assistance at your area Council on Aging or a local chapter of AARP. State and local governments often have departments established to assist the elderly. Florida, for example, has the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
The following is a list of some home features to consider in planning your home-retirement:
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