By Kyle Thomas Haley
For years youíve lived in that sprawling house where you
your children . . . itís home. But now you donít need all the
space and the upkeep is becoming more difficult every year.
You now have to consider things that werenít issues before.
When you were younger, you never thought about how many times
day you went up and down the stairs. You didnít mind having
bedroom upstairs and the laundry facilities in the basement.
Now, all those steps are taking their toll.
Washing windows isnít as easy as it was before either, is it?
Climbing an extension ladder to reach the second story becomes
a bit scarier with each passing year. As you age, you become
more concerned about falling.
You may be thinking itís finally time to move into a home
thatís a bit more senior-friendly, but what are your options?
ē Smaller, single level houses
ē Retirement communities
ē Assisted living facilities
Letís take a more detailed look at these options:
Smaller homes built on one level with convenient laundry
facilities may be what you need.
Look for a house that requires little outside maintenance. A
brick or vinyl-sided house wonít require painting. An open
floor plan may be helpful if youíre ever confined to a
wheelchair. A smaller yard allows you to garden but still
the yard work to a minimum. An attached garage is a helpful
feature, especially in the winter when icy sidewalks can cause
falls. Of course, finding a location thatís close to shopping,
public transportation and medical facilities is also
Condominiums provide privacy without a lot of maintenance.
Like individual houses, there are many different types of
condominiums from which to choose. The main advantage of a
condo is that outside maintenance of both the structure and
yard is usually provided. Most condos include a small area
you can plant flowers but the lawn and other common areas are
maintained by the association. There are additional fees for
this mandatory service so be sure to find out if they will fit
into your budget.
Apartments require no maintenance.
One of the main advantages of apartment living is that you
arenít responsible for any maintenance. You donít have to
about painting, replacing major appliances or yard work.
Apartments also give you a certain degree of freedom because
you donít have to worry about them if you travel a lot. Itís
important for laundry facilities to be easily accessible and
that there is an elevator if your apartment is to be on a
higher floor. You wonít have as much privacy and your only
personal outdoor space may be limited to a small patio or
balcony, if that. Rent is likely to increase and is not tax
deductible on your Federal returns.
Retirement communities or assisted living facilities give you
the highest level of security.
Both of these options are specifically designed for seniors
offer many safety features not found in regular housing. The
amount of privacy you have depends on which community you
choose. Your medical condition will usually dictate whether a
retirement community or assisted living facility is your best
choice. Some retirement communities offer private living
much like individual homes, as long as youíre healthy and then
provides assisted living if your health deteriorates.
Giving up the home where youíve lived for many, many years may
seem a little scary. But, often a new home that brings less
responsibility and greater peace of mind will make you feel
About The Author: Kyle Thomas Haley has been helping people
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