Life after work can be as daunting as it is exciting. On the one hand, you’re looking forward to all of the freedom you’ll have when you’re no longer tied down by work. On the other hand, it can be a little unsettling to imagine what you’re going to do with all of the free time that you’ll have.
Given that work has played such a huge part of your life for such a long time, it’s understandable that you might be a bit apprehensive or unsure about what your post-work life will be like. Living arrangements that suited you while you were at the office from 9 to 5, five days a week may no longer be ideal.
The whole point is that you now have the freedom to choose the style of living arrangement that suits you best. While lots of people choose to stay in their family homes, others find that the social, engaging and supportive environment of a retirement community (such as our villages located throughout WA) helps them to get the most out of retired life.
So which is the best option for you: staying in your own home or relocating to a retirement community?
It’s all about taking stock, assessing your lifestyle and priorities and choosing the living arrangement that’s right for you. To help you do this, we’ve put together an expert guide that can help you make this very important decision.
Do You Live Close To Other Retired Friends?
One of the great joys of being retired is having more time to socialise and spend time with your friends. If you live close to lots of other friends who are also retired, then staying in your own home might be the right move.
However, if you don’t live near retired friends and are worried about becoming isolated and lonely, then a retirement community might be the right living arrangement for you. Living in close proximity to numerous other people means that you’ll always have people to interact and socialise with.
Chances are you’ll probably make a whole load of new friends as well!
Do You Have Interests & Social Bonds Outside Of Work?
Lots of people have hobbies and interests that help them to form strong social bonds outside of their working life. It could be a social sports team, choir, a collectors club or any sort of activity that involves getting together on a regular basis to bond over something that you’re passionate about.
If you have something like this in your life, then it’s likely that you’ll be able to maintain a full and interesting lifestyle while living in your own home. However, the problem with work is that it often takes over your life and means that you don’t get adequate time to devote to your hobbies, interests and passions.
This means that by the time they retire, many people find that they don’t have as many interests and social bonds in their life as they’d like. If this is the case with you, then moving to a retirement community can be a great way of forming these social bonds and finding new interests and passions that you can share with other residents.
Are You Concerned About The Security Of Your Home & Do You Like To Travel?
When you’re retired, it’s incredibly important to feel safe and secure in your home. Being free from work also means that you’re able to travel more – be that jetting off overseas or hitching up the trailer to join the “grey nomad” trail for months at a time – and this can mean that you’re at an increased risk of experiencing a break-in.
If you live in a safe area and are comfortable that your home is safe and secure both when you’re in it and also while you’re away for extended periods of time, then choosing to remain living in your own home could be the right move.
However, if that’s not the case, a retirement community can provide you with the extra safety, security and peace of mind you need to really enjoy your retirement lifestyle.
How Much Do You Like Maintaining Your Property?
Living in your own home has many positives, but it also requires a lot of maintenance work like cleaning, gardening and mowing the lawn.
However, for lots of people that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If maintaining your own home keeps you active and gives you a sense of pride and satisfaction, then choosing to remain living there is probably the right lifestyle arrangement for you.
However, if you’ve grown tired of breaking out the lawnmower, dusting your furniture or weeding the garden – and would rather spend your retirement doing the things you want to do instead of the chores you need to – then moving to a retirement community can help free you from these more mundane tasks.
Live Your Way With Arcadia Waters
At Arcadia Waters, we understand that there’s no “right” way to do retirement. Everyone is different, so it’s important to carefully assess your lifestyle and priorities in order to choose the living arrangement that will enable you to get the most enjoyment and satisfaction out of your retirement.
We’ve created a series of vibrant retirement communities that are focused on helping our residents to live fulfilling, interesting, independent and convenient lives. If you think that they might be the right fit for you, just get in touch today to find out more!