Exploring Options for Retirement Living

Exploring Options for Retirement Living

You moved to Silicon Valley to pursue career opportunities and then stayed to raise your family. You are now a retired empty nester who has enjoyed clement weather, diverse cultural experiences, superior medical care, and are contemplating how to spend the next chapter of your life. With so many retirement community options available in the area, you can continue to enjoy all that you have come to value.  So when is the optimal time to transition from homeownership to some type of retirement community? What factors should you consider?

From a financial standpoint, after years of robust market growth and interest rates expected to rise, it may be a good time to sell the family home, which for most of us in Silicon Valley is our biggest asset. If you are a couple and have the means, you may wish to delay a sale until the first spouse passes away to take advantage of stepped-up cost basis. With such a historically strong rental market, you may choose to use rental income to cover some of the expenses.

There may be valid personal reasons to make the transition at this time as well. Perhaps you are alone and desire companionship. You are ready to be unburdened by the cooking, cleaning, and yardwork required by homeownership or struggle to perform daily activities. Perhaps you want to give your children peace of mind by removing the possibility that they may be responsible for your daily well-being. Are you missing out on pursuing your passions because they are at night and you no longer feel comfortable driving in the dark? Most offer extras such as lectures, cultural events, workshops, exercise classes, and other amenities focused on enriching one’s lifestyle located on the premises.

From a practical aspect, don’t wait. Even if you are not quite ready to make the move, take time to find out what is available in your community. If you need to choose quickly, your first choice may very well not be available. Do not wait until an unforeseen health crisis forces you to make a decision that may not be ideal. Even a small injury or fall can derail aging in place at home. Many of the most desirable facilities have long waiting lists, so expect to spend six months to two years on a wait list for a high-quality option. While you wait, take this time to get ready by downsizing and managing the logistical and emotional challenges.

Fortunately, there are many options available so you can select a choice that is best for your lifestyle. If you are active, healthy, and able to live on your own, an independent living community may be ideal. Assisted living communities are a great choice for seniors who value their independence but require some assistance with daily activities. If you are seeking a long-term approach where you can age in place and receive a continuum of care in the same location, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) may be the answer.

Generally, CCRCs  require prospective residents to enter in good health and be able to live independently. If you wait too long to apply and your health deteriorates, your housing options will shrink. Many communities reject applicants suffering from serious health conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart failure.

Of course, cost will play a significant role in determining which option is best for you. Some facilities have substantial entrance fees depending on the unit and may or may not be refunded, while monthly fees on the Peninsula can range from $3,000 to over $10,000.  Prior to starting your search, or considering the sale or rental of your home, we encourage you to meet with your Sand Hill Wealth Manager to determine a budget and plan for the most optimal living scenario in your golden years.

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