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Things to Consider in Preparation For Your Move to a Retirement Community

Five Tasks to Complete Before Relocating That Will Ensure You Have Your Bases Covered

Making the decision to move to a retirement community is a big step in a person’s life. It means a new home, new friends and neighbors, and a new list of things to do to ensure you have all your affairs in order. No matter which type of community you’re transitioning to – whether that be an independent living community, one of the local assisted living communities, or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) – it’s never a bad idea to have the finer points of your finances, healthcare, and living will all squared away so that you can relax and enjoy your new lifestyle of being retired and worry-free. There are also several things you’ll want to arrange with your move to ensure the process goes smoothly. Here atMcCrite Plaza, we have experience working with seniors from many different walks of life. Moving and getting your affairs in order can be overwhelming. In order to help you prioritize your tasks, here are the top five things to consider when you’re preparing to move into a retirement community.

#1 – Write/Update Your Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare

There are two main Durable Power of Attorney documents that you should seriously consider. The first of these is in regards to healthcare, which gives the person of your choosing (referred to as your agent) the instructions on the medical treatments you do and don’t want. This piece is also called a living will.

#2 – Write/Update Your Durable Power of Attorney for Finances

The Durable Power of Attorney document for finances is similar in nature to the one pertaining to healthcare. In this case, the person you designate as the Durable Power of Attorney over your finances would be able to make financial decisions on your behalf in the event you’re unable, or don’t care to, make them yourself. Should something happen to you, this ensures that your debts are taken care of and any money you have in your accounts makes it over to the right people.

#3 – Consult with Your Physician on a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Form

A do-not-resuscitate order (DNR order, for short) is a medical order written by a doctor that instructs healthcare providers to not perform CPR in the event that your breathing stops or your heart stops beating. In cases in which a person has a condition that will not improve or continue to get worse, some patients opt to fill out one of these forms. In the event that you do want your healthcare provider to deliver CPR, you do not have to do anything.

#4 – Consult with a Realtor About Your Home

Many senior homeowners decide to downsize and look into independent living communities or retirement communities in the area. This means starting the process of readying the home for sale so that you can put it on the market. Since listing a house and showing it to potential buyers can be a time-consuming process, many seniors enlist the help of a realtor to do it for them. This puts all the responsibility of selling the home on the realtor so you can focus on moving into your new retirement community.

#5 – Coordinate the Details of Your Move to a Retirement Community

Moving to a retirement community can seem a little bit overwhelming at times. There will be a lot of paperwork for you to go over, financial aspects to address, not to mention the process of coordinating the move of your personal items to your new residence. Fortunately, most retirement communities have moving coordinators to help their new residents keep everything organized and on schedule. The McCrite team has tons of experience helping residents get nice and cozy in their new places, so just know we’re here for you every step of the way.

Take a Tour of Luxury Senior Living at McCrite Plaza Today!

At McCrite Plaza, we offer a luxurious retirement community that offers a full continuum of care along with an extensive list of amenities that include activities, fine dining, and themed group events. We want your retirement to feel like a vacation, and we provide our residents everything they need so they feel like they’re right at home. The best way to see what McCrite Plaza is like is by visiting us in person so we can show you around our community. Simply go to our contact page and provide a little bit of information. A member of our team will reach out to you to set up your personal guided tour of McCrite Plaza. You will have an opportunity to meet our team, see our luxury apartments, and tour our beautiful grounds. Take the first step towards luxury living today!