While aging in place in your Long Island home has its appeal, living in a modern retirement community can give you the new home you want with the added advantages of maintenance services, security, and opportunities for physical activity, learning, and socializing. Let’s look at just four of the benefits of moving to a retirement community.
Freedom from Home Maintenance Chores
Whether you’ve live in your present home for 10, 20 or 30 years, you know that maintaining it is time and labor intensive. Even if you pay others to do your yard work, you still have to arrange for it to be done and be on the lookout for times when your yard needs additional work, such as after a storm. Then there’s the snow shoveling, the gutter cleaning, the painting and caulking, and the other numerous repairs you need to make or pay to have someone else do.
As you age, doing the necessary maintenance work or keeping track of what needs to be done and hiring people to do it can be burdensome. With a home in a retirement community, the burden is lifted. The maintenance tasks are taken care of and you can relax and focus on activities you enjoy.
Security When You Need It Most
Living in a retirement community also provides more security than homes in older neighborhoods. Because most are relatively new, homes in retirement communities typically have updated security systems. Moreover, many communities have security personnel on the grounds 24/7, and entrances are usually monitored continually.
Some retirement communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer an additional layer of security, with emergency buttons within each home. Whether regular staff or trained healthcare professionals respond, knowing that help is available if and when you need it gives you peace of mind.
New Friends and New Experiences
Without the social connections that a workplace provides, many retirees find themselves spending more time alone than they’re comfortable with. If this is the case for you, moving to a retirement community would be a good idea because you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and socialize right near your new home.
Most communities offer planned activities and communal meeting spaces. Whether you participate in exercise classes, card games, and planned outings or simply relax in a community lounge, you’re bound to have new experiences you probably would not have had if you were still living in your old home. While having these new experiences, you’ll also inevitably meet new, interesting people who will enrich your life.
Another benefit of living in a retirement community is the positive effect it can have on your health and well-being. In addition to the benefits of social interaction, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience the benefits of exercise.
Most retirement communities offer opportunities for walking, either on trails or sidewalks, exercise facilities and classes, and maybe even tennis courts and a swimming pool. You can pick and choose and find the exercise mix that’s going to help you stay mobile and healthy.
When You’re Ready to Move
When you’re ready to move to a retirement community, make sure you meet with an experienced, trustworthy moving professional to help plan your move.
At Maffucci Bekins, we’ve been helping people like you move on Long Island, throughout the New York area, and across the country for over 40 years. Our moving professionals will give you the personal attention and services you need to make your move as stress-free as possible. Let us help you ease into your new retirement home.