Your personal health and well-being should be the most important factor you consider when deciding if it’s time to downsize. Here are just a few of the benefits that you are likely to experience when the time is right to modify your living and move to a smaller space.
Reduce physical demands
Housework, yard work, and general maintenance or upkeep of a house can be physically demanding. Chores necessary to maintain your property but difficult to complete can take the joy out of homeownership. Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t still have some of the comforts of a home that you enjoy, such as a garden or yard, for example. A smaller place could still have room for plants and flowers to grow. Many senior living communities have shared gardens and opportunities for residents to enjoy the comforts of home while eliminating the physical and financial stress of maintenance.
Lower mental stress & financial burdens
Finances are likely to weigh heavily on your decision of when it’s time to downsize. Utilities, property taxes, repairs, and more can become a lot to manage on a fixed retirement income. Downsizing will most certainly reduce or eliminate several living expenses, including the ones you plan for and those unexpected ones you don’t. Beyond finances, living in a home that once provided many happy memories of kids growing up and major life events can now be a source of sadness being reminded of good times passed. Starting fresh in new surroundings can provide a positive boost for your mental health.
Taking the stairs in your home or being isolated in the event a fall or other medical emergency should occur are risk factors to consider as we age. Your current home may not be equipped to conform to the needs of your health and body as you age – such as having grab bars in your shower or hand railings on all your steps inside and out. Senior living communities provide not only fully accessible grounds but also a sense of safety and security by being surrounded by other residents and staff. Secure premises and constant monitoring of one another among neighbors are aspects that provide a great sense of physical and mental security.
Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit
Senior living communities are filled with activities and opportunities for socializing and even volunteering. With less stress in your life, you can focus more on the things you enjoy the most, whether it’s time with family, friends, a religious group, or giving back to the community. Saving money on things like home maintenance might also allow you to free up money for travel or other interests that bring you joy. Whatever you choose, focus on yourself and your health and well-being to live out your golden years to the fullest extent that you’re able to!
The LECOM Institute for Successful Aging is committed to enhancing wellness for seniors. LECOM Health offers a full continuum of care that includes several downsizing options for seniors, including our Parkside Independent Living communities and Personal Care apartments, Skilled Nursing Care, and Outpatient Services, including In-Home Care, Home Health, and Hospice. Visit LECOMisAging.com or call 814-868-3883 to learn more.