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Deciding the Right Time to Downsize (Right-size) and Relocate to a Retirement Village 

Retirement LivingJanuary 24, 20242 minute read

Knowing when to make a move can be one of the trickiest parts of downsizing. It's often a choice that balances practical needs, personal preferences, and emotional readiness. But when is the ideal time to start thinking about downsizing and moving to a retirement village?

Studies have shown that seniors who moved into a retirement village earlier have a smoother transition and adapt more quickly to their new lifestyle. This is partly because they have ample time to get adjusted, form new social connections, and participate more in the village activities.

Key Signs It Might Be Time to Consider Downsizing

Evolving Lifestyle

If tasks like cleaning and maintenance are becoming overwhelming, it may be time to consider downsizing. A retirement village can eliminate these hassles and offer a more comfortable, worry-free lifestyle.

Changing Social Needs

Feelings of loneliness or lack of social interaction can be a serious issue for seniors. Moving to a community environment can provide opportunities for social engagement and connection.

Shifting  Health Circumstances

If declining health is becoming a concern, it may be time to consider a move. Anglicare retirement villages provide on-site healthcare and well-being services to suit your changing needs and prefrences. 

Deciding When to Make the Move 

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Reflections About The Future

Downsizing isn't just about the present, but also about future-proofing your living situation. The reality of aging means that our physical abilities might change. The place you once managed easily might become a challenge. Such changes emphasise the very need for a safer, more manageable living space. 

Moreover, as we grow older, our social needs change. The desire for community, companionship and easy access to social activities become important. Not only do Anglicare retirement villages offer manageable living spaces, but they also come with a community, shared activities and foster a sense of belonging.

Deciding When to Make the Move 

The optimal time to downsize is a deeply individual decision and there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer. However, proactive planning can ease the process. Start by evaluating your current home situation, physical requirements, and financial situation. Weigh these against the benefits of a retirement village like Anglicare, such as minimized housing maintenance, potential for social interaction, and other conveniences. 

Remember, it's not just about downsizing your home, but about upsizing your quality of life! Downsizing to a retirement village like Anglicare is not merely a practical step but it’s about embarking on a new chapter full of possibilities, community, and relaxed living.


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