You’ve built a life in your family home over decades of dedication, hard work and love. You’ve raised your children, made lasting memories, and come to value your property for far more than its monetary worth. But traditional homeownership for older adults can be a burden that becomes too much to comfortably handle, and is frankly unnecessary when all that space is no longer needed. It might be time to consider what life might be like in a two-bedroom senior apartment.
Moving out of your family home is a serious and difficult decision to make. As you look back on all the memories and the meaning of the life you’ve built, it’s important to also look to the future, to what your upcoming years could bring.
Simplifying Your Living Space
You’ve spent decades acquiring beautiful possessions and there’s every reason to surround yourself with the things you love. But there’s also something very freeing and heartwarming about passing down some of those cherished belongings for other family members to enjoy. Perhaps it’s a collection of books or a favorite artwork, or the set of grandmother’s china boxed away since two moves ago.
The beautiful two-bedroom apartments at Harbour’s Edge offer plenty of comforts and all kinds of great spots to display favorite heirlooms or a piece of sculpture from that European vacation. But you’ll also find downsizing to be a wonderful way to gain more freedom in your retired lifestyle. By simplifying your surroundings, you can focus more on all the ways you can spend your time enjoying your retirement years!
Moving into a two-bedroom senior apartment means much less upkeep than what you’re used to dealing with in your family home. Also, moving to a smaller home forces you to declutter. There’s simply less space for belongings to pile up. You no longer have that basement, attic, and those spare bedrooms to accumulate unnecessary items. With fewer belongings, it’s easier to stay organized. You know where everything is and you don’t feel bogged down, which can be a great stress reliever.
If you move to a smaller home with no stairs, you can age in place longer after climbing stairs becomes difficult. You gain the peace of mind of knowing you’ll be at less risk of a serious fall.
Also, an apartment setting in a good location brings you closer to social activities, entertainment and restaurants. You can minimize the errands you have to run with less to take care of around the house, so you won’t have to drive as much anymore.
Most importantly, you’ll have more free time for enjoying life. In a smaller home, there’s simply less to worry about. This gives you more time for hobbies, socializing, recreation, travel, or just relaxation. The choice of how you spend your days becomes entirely yours.
The emotions of downsizing to a two-bedroom senior apartment can be deep and powerful, and need to be taken seriously. The process of sorting through a lifetime of possessions to decide what to keep and what to let go can bring back memories and trigger feelings you need to give yourself time to process. They may at times feel overwhelming. You may even experience feelings of grief or anxiety.
You’ve spent so much time and effort building the life you’ve been living, and now you’re dismantling that life to begin a new chapter. But therein lies the answer to your grief, the counter-argument to any sadness you may be feeling. You’re about to begin a new phase, a new beginning, an exciting new adventure.
Ask For Help
If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of going through your things, it often helps to have a friend or family member assist with the process of sorting through your belongings with you. Having someone there can help keep you on task and help you decide which items are legitimately worth keeping. And once you’ve determined what to take with you versus what to give away, there are many great companies who will carefully pack up your belongings and help you move into your new home.
Focus on Your Future and Long-term Needs
It’s important to think long-term and consider the ability of your new home to provide on-site healthcare services, should the need arise in the future. This way, you won’t have to make another jarring move at a later time when doing so could prove difficult.
On-site health care services like short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home health care allow you to age in place while continuing to enjoy the many amenities of your community. Plus, at Life Care communities like Harbour’s Edge, you’ll receive these services at predictable monthly rates that are below market costs.
Find the Perfect Floor Plan At Harbour’s Edge
A two-bedroom senior apartment at Harbour’s Edge could be the perfect fit for your new independent and active lifestyle. You’ll be able to spend your time enjoying the amenities with your friends in your new community. Each home has quality design details, spacious rooms, and large windows for bright light. You can choose a balcony to enjoy the gorgeous Florida weather in privacy, when you’re not walking along the intracoastal waterway or along the beautiful beaches. You’ll be living in luxury, and you’ll be free to enjoy every minute of it.
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