As you grow older, the most important parts of your life typically don’t take up too much space. Many CCRC’s, also known as a Life Plan Communities, have spacious options for you and all of your belongings, but many seniors opt to downsize for a number of reasons. And while this looks different for everyone, freeing up space to allow for a better flow of energy can never hurt. So if you are considering downsizing when planning for your future, you may find yourself making room for health, freedom, and spending time with loved ones.
Some benefits of moving into a Life Plan Community are obvious – you won’t have to take care of a home, easy access to healthcare – but there are added bonuses you may not have considered.
Joining Viamonte at Walnut Creek will allow community members to stretch their retirement and minimize their housing expenses and maintenance. Read on to learn more about if it’s the right move for you or your family member.
Downsizing Gives You the Financial Freedom You Crave
Moving to a CCRC allows you to save money that you’d otherwise be spending on your mortgage, repairs, and everyday household items. And the sooner you start your move to the CCRC, the sooner you can start saving. With the money you’re saving on household items, you’ll have more to spend on experiences and activities.
A recent study by ARCO focused on setting standards for retirement communities, surveyed residents of a CCRC. The study notes that “having less need for property maintenance, access to communal facilities and availability of 24-hour support and domiciliary care on-site were the main reasons given for moving to a Retirement Community.”
And it’s not just the cost that people move for – it’s also the upkeep that’s time-consuming and requires a lot of effort. Moving into an independent senior living community will allow you to spend your time and money on what means the most to you.
Increased Sense of Well Being
Residents understand that when staying at a CCRC, their health and wellness is at the forefront of their days. The community they’re a part of is dedicated to ensuring their minds and bodies are taken care of.
The ARCO study also found that residents of retirement communities, such as a CCRC, are substantially happier, healthier, and have a greater overall sense of well-being than their counterparts who opt to remain in their current home.
Independent living at a CCRC allows residents to operate independently, while also providing the convenience of necessities within arm’s reach. Viamonte’s continuum of care means residents have the security of knowing they’ll be taken care of should they need extra attention as the years go on.
Assisted Living is designed for those who require help with daily activities. Their customized care plans will be carried out by compassionate caregivers within the residents’ homes. Viamonte’s Memory Care Center is available for those dealing with mild to moderate dementia.
Quality of Life Factor
The study shows that a majority of residents (55%) agreed or strongly agreed that their quality of life was higher now than a year ago – four times as many of them said this as compared to non-residents.
The factors that contribute to a higher quality of life span far and wide, from cultivating relationships with others to providing opportunities to get involved in programs. Viamonte even offers wellness programs and fitness classes to ensure residents stay on top of their health.
Steps to Take to Prepare for Your Move
You may be considering downsizing in the far future, but it’s never too early to take steps to prepare for this life event. By starting early, you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed down the line.
Take the following items into consideration when preparing to downsize.
Don’t over-save for the next generation.
Be generous in your giving. There are many people who aren’t fortunate enough to have some of the belongings you have. Consider donating to good causes so that others can use some things that you are no longer using. Around the holidays you’ll find many drives and events where donations are requested.
Be thoughtful with new purchases.
You don’t want to be purchasing new things just to look to downsize in the future. This doesn’t mean you can’t buy anything new, but start to adopt the lifestyle that if you purchase something new, give one old item away.
You may have files of important paperwork saved up, and it’s best to get ahead of going through these items. When you start, you’ll probably realize that you’ve been holding onto a lot of paperwork that you no longer have a need for.
Downsizing doesn’t have to be a scary experience, in fact, the majority of residents currently living in a CCRC believe they’re happier overall. And at Viamonte at Walnut Creek, the friendly and professional staff, amenities and services all contribute to this wonderful community.
To learn more about Viamonte at Walnut Creek, contact us at 925-621-6600. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and to arrange for you to visit our Preview Center and model home. Visit our website to learn more about your options.