As has previously been touched on: when it comes to retirement, care homes are not only option; however, this doesn’t mean that assisted living or later living communities are the only other options, either. You can continue to live independently, self-reliantly and by your own means in a home that you can call your own.
You should, however, be open to the fact that the stage that you are at in life means that certain aspects of the place in which you live will have to change: whether this means making adjustments to your current home, or moving into a new home that better suits your current needs. If staying in your home would mean more to you than anything in the world, which is understandable considering the fact that you raised your family and spent the best years of your life there with the people you loved the most, then this can be made possible.
You should, however, be prepared to make adaptations to it that will help you retain a fantastic standard of life. Whether this means converting a downstairs room into a bedroom to eradicate having to go upstairs or having a stairlift installed so that you can still upstairs without having to tackle them; having a downstairs toilet fitted so that you never have to worry about not getting to it in time; making bathing easier by having a shower seat fitted; making access to the home more accessible through the installation of a ramp or handrails; or having the kitchen improved by having cupboard with pull-out shelves: you should be willing to do whatever it takes to not only mean that you can have a good standard of everyday life, every day, but those closest to you can rest assured that you are never going to be uncomfortable.
But if, for whatever reason, whether it be because of the practical layout of your home or because of financial matters, you can’t make adaptations and improvements to your home, then moving out is another option; specifically, downsizing is the perfect way to adapt to old age whilst still retaining your independence. Doing so will not only mean that you are moving to a place that is small enough to have everything you need every day in close proximity to you, but will also mean that you can ease your cashflow as buying or renting a smaller home is going to be less expensive than staying in your bigger one.
There are a whole host of mobile homes for sale all around the U.S. and even the world for those of you who would like to take the opportunity of moving to make a fresh start away from your old life. Choosing a place to live that suits you in this stage of your life is pivotal, so it’s important to choose wisely.
Most importantly: it is pivotal that you don’t let pride get in the way and are willing and open to all the changes that are coming your way. Retirement and old age doesn’t have to be a struggle, you just have to listen to your body, and then make improvements to your living area accordingly.