What is different between my needs and my wants when it comes to choosing retirement living?

Tawab K Asks...

What is different between my needs and my wants when it comes to choosing retirement living?


Dear Tawab K:

Your wants are things that you would love to have but can live without. They are factors that affect your happiness and engagement such as transportation to outings, exercise classes, pet visitation, etc. When you are searching, be sure to look for homes that offer the majority of your wants, but be prepared to sacrifice some.


Your needs are crucial to your health and safety. It’s important to consider your current medical needs as well as the needs you could require in the future, such as medication management, continence care and memory care. Proper nutrition is a must and special dietary needs, like a diabetic diet, should always be accommodated. The community should also be well equipped for your physical needs. This could mean having grab bars in each hallway, toilet lifts in the restrooms or a range of assistance with daily living. Lastly, make sure the community provides the level of intellectual and social stimulation you require.


Best,

Pearl


Posted on May 04 2016
Topics: retirement, medication, pets