Downsizing 101: What housing option is right for you?

Your home is a reflection of you. It’s the place where you relax and unwind, host parties, and make memories. The decision to downsize your home and move to a refined senior community like Revel Lacey can be challenging to make, but it can often bring a more convenient and active lifestyle in return.

Deciding how and when to leave, where to move, and what pieces of your life and memories will go with you can feel stressful. Rest assured, you’re not alone in feeling that way. In fact, more than two-and-a-half million people have made that decision in the U.S. in the past six years. That’s more than 1,000 people every day considering the same things you are right now!

Most people in this stage of life are balancing the need for privacy with social interactions. They are also weighing the financial costs of staying where they are versus exploring something new. Often, they are mistakenly worrying about losing the ability to control their living conditions. After learning more, people frequently realize they are in greater control as they adopt a more convenient and freeing lifestyle. Let’s explore further:

The need for both privacy and social interactions.

Social scientists confirmed long ago that social connections keep you healthy and make life interesting. According to the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), more than 11 million people aged 65+ live alone. Isolation from healthy relationships is considered a major health risk for these individuals.

A place like Revel Lacey offers the privacy of your own home with the option to interact in community spaces, restaurants and pubs, and wellness-oriented amenity spaces at your leisure. If you’re interested in increasing your socialization opportunities, a community like this might be the right fit for you.

Staying can cost more than leaving.

Have you ever considered that the costs of staying in your current home might be keeping you from living the life you want? The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) and ASHA report that although senior living might seem expensive, the costs of remaining in your home could be significantly more. But reading reports won’t help you to know for sure; you will need to do the math for yourself.

Moving into an independent senior community in Lacey could save you money that you might have spent on a new roof, home maintenance, property taxes, and other expenses of owning a home. ASHA’s Costs Worksheet can help you think through your home ownership expenses and decide whether it makes more sense to stay home or move into an upscale 55+ apartment home.

The benefits of new.

Downsizing opens doors to new life experiences. New experiences are beneficial because they keep you curious and moving forward. Living at home, you might feel compelled to stick with what is familiar, but a unique senior community in Lacey can open your mind and heart to exciting and interesting opportunities.

A day at Revel Lacey can include a meal designed by a celebrity chef, a relaxing spa and salon appointment, or an energizing workout in a state-of-the-art fitness center. Can you find that just steps from your front door today? Having all these opportunities in one place increases the likelihood you’ll take advantage of them rather than having to create and manage them on your own.

Letting go of some tasks and responsibilities.

Living in a senior community will enable you to give up some of life’s more tedious duties. However, that doesn’t mean you give up control. In fact, in contemporary senior communities, you decide whether to hand off certain responsibilities like yard work, gardening, cooking, doing the dishes, and home maintenance. You can read more about the dynamics of balancing the duties of daily life with the amenities offered in a senior community in this report from the American Senior Housing Association.

Successful aging.

MacArthur research on aging shows that 70% of how we age is due to lifestyle choices. Successful agers are engaged with life, both socially and spiritually. While you can certainly age well in place as a homeowner, living in a senior community based on the six pillars of wellness affords you many opportunities to challenge yourself intellectually and physically, each and every day.

Thousands of people just like you see a future where the best is yet to come. Envisioning what your perfect future holds is the first step to making the right decision, whether that’s life at home, or experiencing all that senior living has to offer in Lacey.