The Next Chapter: Your Guide to Relocating in Retirement

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Moving to a retirement community is a big change – but it isn’t always a permanent one. Some older adults choose to relocate to a new community later in their retirement years in what’s called a “second retirement.” This could happen for health-related reasons, changes in financial status or just for a change of pace. Whatever the reason, relocating in retirement is a big decision, but one that is often rewarding. Here are a few things to consider if you’re interested in a second retirement location.


Reasons to Relocate in Retirement

Older adults may relocate to a new retirement community for several reasons, including:

  • Location. Maybe you’re looking for a milder climate or proximity to family members who live in a different state. Maybe you want to retire somewhere with more options for recreation. Or maybe your current retirement community is in a bigger city and you’re interested in moving to a more rural area.
  • Health needs. Some retirement communities offer closer proximity to hospitals, treatment centers and other healthcare resources. You may also be looking for a home environment that accommodates your changing mobility or accessibility needs.
  • Finances. You may wish to downsize or adjust your housing expenses to better align with your retirement savings or financial goals. Switching to a more affordable retirement community or housing option can provide peace of mind during your retirement years.
  • Amenities. Finally, you might be interested in moving to a retirement community with amenities that yours does not currently offer. This could be a fitness center and pool or events and lifestyle activities to enjoy. Retirement is a time to live your life to the fullest – whatever that looks like for you.


How to Relocate: Finding Your “Second Retirement”

What you’re looking for in a new retirement community depends on your reason for making the switch in the first place. Once you determine your “why,” you can use that as a starting point to find your new home.

Next, it’s time to do some research. You can look at websites, read reviews and testimonials or ask your friends and family. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, take the time to schedule an in-person visit and see the community for yourself. You can interact with the staff and residents, explore the facilities and get a feel for the atmosphere.

If an option feels like a good fit, it’s time to look at the fine print. Ask about entrance fees, monthly fees, costs for services or amenities and any potential price increases over time. Ask about their billing structure and consider whether it fits your budget.

While this process can take some time, it’s worth exploring all your options.


Making The Move

Once you’ve found your next second retirement location, it’s time to plan the logistics of your move. You may wish to downsize your possessions or use this as an opportunity to get organized.

Depending on your current situation, this might involve selling or renting out your current home, coordinating with movers and notifying relevant parties about your upcoming change in address.

It can be helpful to work closely with the staff at your new community to make your transition as smooth and easy as possible.


Find Your Home at Advent Christian Village

Whether this is your first, second or even third retirement, we want to show you what it looks like to thrive in your retirement years at Advent Christian Village. A charming community based on small-town values, we offer vibrant community, affordable living options, on-site healthcare and beautiful landscapes to enjoy all year round. Call 1-800-647-3353 today to schedule a tour.

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