You’ve got a vision for how you want to spend your retirement years. Now, make sure your resources can deliver on that vision by following these five steps:
1. Retirement: It’s Best To Plan Ahead
The best plan is the one you make before you need it. So plan ahead -- keeping in mind that changes in your health can transform your entire financial picture if you’re not prepared for them.
Where do you see yourself living out your retirement - in your current home? In a smaller, easier-to-manage place? At a retirement community? Think about where you want to be, and consider some of the following:
- Your health and your spouse's health
- Proximity to amenities, family, and friends
- Geographic climate and weather
- Size and required maintenance of the home
- Timing - when will you retire and/or move?
Many people want to live at home for as long as possible, and that's certainly an option - but it might not be as simple as you think. For one, you may need to hire extra help with home maintenance and health care needs. And if your health needs change in the future, will you still be able to get the care you need at your home?
2. Do The Math For A Peaceful Retirement
According to the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute, people who calculate the costs of their retirement future feel more confident they can afford the comfortable lifestyle they want compared to those who haven't added up the costs.
Check with a trusted financial adviser to be sure you're on track for your retirement and understand any rules and regulations related to IRAs, Medicare, and so one. And remember that your investment strategy is usually quite different as you age compared to when you started.
Finally, a last word on Medicare and Medicaid: Don't assume they'll pay for everything you need. Know what's eligible to be paid with via these sources of funding and what's not as you plan for retirement.
3. Retirement Planning Is Different For Everyone
You’ve probably heard all sorts of numbers thrown around when it comes to how much you need to fund your retirement lifestyle. The truth is, there’s no replacement for sitting down and running the numbers for your specific situation, including your age, income, assets, the kind of lifestyle you want, and other factors.
For example, remaining in your current home and making some renovations will be a different cost than selling your home and moving to Florida. And if you're planning to move to a retirement community, those costs can vary widely depending on amenities, services, home options, location, and more.
4. Prepare To Be Happily Surprised While Retirement Planning
When you crunch the numbers and compare the costs of living at a retirement community to your current costs of maintaining a home, you may be delighted to learn just how affordable it can be.
That's because you might not realize how much you're already paying in your current residence. Factor in mortgage or rent, home maintenance, transportation, groceries, utilities, and more, and you might find that living at a retirement community is quite comparable to what you already pay.
Download our free cost comparison guide to see the difference between what you're already paying and what you could pay at a retirement community.
5. Take The Guesswork Out Of Your Retirement Planning
If you're unprepared, your picture-perfect retirement lifestyle could be harder to reach.
Contact Otterbein SeniorLife today, and we’ll help you put the numbers together so you can see exactly where you stand. While you’re here, we can create your personal financial forecast to help you project how you can fund your preferred retirement lifestyle.
Develop Your Retirement Plan Sooner Rather Than Later
Sooner is better than later when it comes to developing your retirement living plans. And getting good information while you’re considering your choices can help you in your search for a secure, fulfilling future.
Download our free cost comparison guide to learn more about retirement community costs and get help planning for retirement - your way.