If you and your spouse are currently still healthy, active and enjoying all that life has to offer in your retirement years, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about your future together. You might think that aging in place in your home will be the best option for both of you, but being prepared for the decline in health that can be a normal part of aging is vitally important.
In fact, home caregiving duties can take an average of 20 hours a week when it’s provided by an unpaid caregiver. The healthier spouse will often become the primary caregiver as the couple ages in place in the home, and they are often not prepared for the physical, mental and emotional challenges that caregiving brings.
More and more senior couples are beginning to realize the true benefits of moving to a continuing care retirement community, also known as a life care community. After raising children together and supporting each other throughout their careers, couples are ready to enjoy a comfortable, happy retirement. Moving to a senior living community means a simpler lifestyle with more time to do all the things that are important to you.
Have a conversation with your spouse while you’re both independent and healthy about what your future living needs will be. You can start by researching continuing care retirement communities in your area, scheduling some tours and learning about the services and amenities that would appeal to both of you.
If you’re both still healthy and active, choosing a life care community is the perfect option. You can enjoy independent living in a beautiful patio home or spacious apartment where you’re able to come and go as you please. You’ll have access to a wide variety of services and amenities, like elegant dining experiences, health and wellness programs, regularly scheduled events, and aide with home maintenance and light housekeeping tasks.
Beyond all the amazing amenities, a life care community will give you the peace of mind that if you or your spouse’s needs begin to change, the level of services provided will change, too. For instance, if you or your spouse’s health begins to decline, you experience an illness or injury, or memory issues, the healthier spouse can remain living independently while the other spouse can transition to assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care. The independent spouse is relieved of caregiving duties, with the benefit of remaining together on the same campus so you’ll still see your spouse on a daily basis.
Making the decision to downsize and move to a senior living community is not only a wise decision for you and your spouse, but it also helps ease the minds of your loved ones who might be concerned for your future, too.