As a Baby Boomer, chances are you have had to come to terms with one or more of the following by now:
- Your home has become too big. You’re an Empty Nester now and no longer need 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Cleaning rooms you no longer use or need just isn’t practical.
- You want to downsize your home maintenance. Lawn care and maintenance of your home’s exterior is overwhelming and burdensome.
- You’ve retired. You need a new and more manageable lifestyle.
- Your neighborhood is deteriorating. You are concerned about safety.
- Stairs in your home, if you have them, have become hard to navigate.
- Cash is needed, but your assets are tied up in your home.
- You no longer drive. The availability of adequate transportation is a must.
Whatever the reason, choosing to move or not to move in Brooklyn takes a lot of planning. Moving is always stressful, but if you do your homework and know what to expect before deciding to move in Brooklyn, you’ll be happy with your new location.
There is a wide variety of independent living options available to you:
- retirement homes or retirement communities
- low-income or subsidized senior housing
- 55+ or 62+ communities
- senior apartments or congregate care housing
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities
- Active adult communities
Ask yourself these questions about each independent living option listed above before you make a move in Brooklyn:
- Will I have common interests with my neighbors or other residents?
- Are the people that will be around me friendly and helpful?
- Are support services timely?
- Is this move going to take me farther away from friends and family than I want to be?
- How active is the community? What kinds of activities are offered?
- How large is this community?
- Is medical care available at the facility? If not, is a medical care facility nearby?
- What amenities and services are included? If none are included, how much does it cost to add on services if I need or choose to want them later? Are the amenities and services outside of the facility within walking distance or is transportation needed?
- What is the climate like here?
- Do you feel safe coming and going at any time of day in this community?
- Are pets welcome?
- Can I comfortably handle the initial investment and monthly fees?
Moving is a major life change that can be tough to do. Feelings of anger, embarrassment, regret, grief for the loss of your home and memories of the old neighborhood, vulnerability, anxiousness, loss of control, longing for the way it used to be, are normal. It’s okay to admit that you are not as independent as you once were. It’s time to reach out to those you trust for support.
Give yourself time to mourn what once was and to adjust to your new home and living environment. A new chapter in your life has opened up. Look forward to and enjoy new experiences and relationships. Explore new interests, too.
To move or not to move in Brooklyn? For help with the answer to that question, call your Brooklyn Realtor, Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate, at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email [email protected] today. You can trust me to sell your home for the best possible price and find the perfect independent living home for you.
More help for independent living for seniors:
- Senior Housing Options: Making the Best Senior Living Choices
- Assisted Living Facilities: Tips for Choosing a Facility and Making the Transition
- Home Care Services for Seniors: Services to Help You Stay at Home
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