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Choosing a Retirement Living Community or “Chewing Glass” – Your Complete Checklist

Choosing a Retirement Living Community or “Chewing Glass” – Your Complete Checklist

The decision to move to a senior retirement community is not easy. Someone once said to me that “chewing glass may be more enjoyable!” Friends will pass snide comments. Family will chip in with their slant. These opinions not based on your situation but tainted by their own views and feelings.

You and your spouse or partner will be filled with naked mixed emotions. It’s a venture into the unknown. Whatever the circumstances. Deciding to move is emotional and demanding. It’s critical to think carefully through each step. Although there are many, many factors to consider, these ones will give you a good basis for making your decision.

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1. Location

  • Do you have anything specific that is a priority? Will either something you love or something you hate have an influence?
  • Where do you want to live? Consider the distance to shops, public transport, pastime or sport facilities and family and friends. Remember, that as one gets older driving becomes more daunting.

2. The Facilities

  • What style and size home do you want?
  • Is security an issue? For many people it’s an important and growing concern.
  • What level of independence do you desire? How much privacy would you like?
  • Are there recreational activities?
  • Does it offer levels of independence? Some retirement living communities offer greater levels of independent living. While others have a greater focus on community living. Which approach best meets your needs?

3. Financial

  • Are there financial options available which suit you?
  • Does the development have a sustainable business model? Is it financially well-managed?
  • What are the costs now and what are they likely to be in the future?
  • What is included in the costs you’ll have to pay?
  • What financial provisions have been made for the long-term maintenance and upkeep?

4. The Developers

  • Beware of developer promises. There are some shady operators out there who have taken advantage of this market.
  • Is the development still in the growth phase? If so, will the developers be able to deliver on their promises? Consider the developer’s financial resources and their experience.
  • Will the developers be involved in the management of the completed estate?
  • If you are buying off plan. Where will any money you pay be kept until the completion of the estate?
  • What are your options should anything, like the community or frail care facilities, not be completed?

5. Medical Care

  • How close are the nearest medical services? Think carefully about how you could manage deteriorating health.
  • If this is required at a later date, what access is there to ongoing care?
  • Is there a frail care facility large enough for the estate? Remember that there will be growing numbers of “older old” folk requiring support.

6. Level of Input and Involvement

  • Would you like to have a say in the running of the estate? Is there a provision for the community to get involved in the operation?
  • Is there a residents’ committee or trustees’ committee that you can join? Does it work with management to make certain the needs of the residents are sustained at a high standard?

7. Management of the Estate

  • Who will run the estate? What is their experience or qualifications in this field? Do they have experience in meeting the needs of older people?

8. Selling

  • If you decide to leave the village what are your financial responsibilities? Will it be necessary to restore your unit? If so, exactly what restoration would you need to carry out?
  • When you leave, how much money will you receive? When will you receive this money? Often money is not paid until your unit is sold to a new resident.
  • What guarantees do you have that your unit will be sold as quickly as possible? Do you have the option of marketing your unit yourself to speed up the process?

9. Membership and assurances

  • Is the village a member of any organization or associations? If so, what assurance does this guarantee you?
  • Does the association provide a quick and cheap way of resolving disagreements between you and the estate?

10. Legal and binding contract

  • Check the Deed of Sale. Make sure that you understand your obligations with regard to maintenance, refurbishment, general upkeep of the property and medical and ongoing care services.
  • Find out what services the management are legally required to supply on an ongoing basis.

11. The Final decision

  • Make sure that all the boxes are ticked and all the questions answered.
  • When do you plan to move? Is there a long waiting list? Many of the more reasonably priced, well-managed and viable communities have long waiting lists … in some cases up to 10 years!
  • What are other people saying about the place? Do you know anyone living there? Do you know anyone who knows anyone living there? Have you spoken to anyone living there?

These are the many questions and concerns that you will have to wrestle with when making the final decision about moving to a retirement living community. Once you move the rewards can be considerable. Living in a community of like-minded people. Independence to enjoy life with less hassles and hindrances. A truly enhanced lifestyle.

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Freedom to have the time to follow the interests you’ve always wanted to pursue. Enjoying a well-deserved retirement. It’s now up to you. A new lifestyle in a new place … or live with life as you know it?

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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