Retirement often gives people more time to pursue their passions and hobbies and with a little bit of preparation and planning you can ensure you have your affairs in order, allowing you to sit back and enjoy doing the things you love.
Some top tips for planning ahead for your retirement:
Ask yourself if your current home is suitable for now and into the future. Consider rightsizing into a retirement village to minimise your home and garden maintenance as Carmen, a Uniting Independent Living Resident explains, “Moving to a retirement village was one of the best decisions we’ve made. We have more time to focus on the things we enjoy.”
Seek advice from a financial adviser to determine the various options available to you and minimise the stress of navigating a system that can often be complex. A financial planner who specialises in the aged pension and superannuation can help to ensure you’re getting the maximum benefits and assist you with planning for the retirement you envision.
Understand your care needs and what you may be eligible for already, Commonwealth Support Programs are an option for those who may needassistance to remain living independently.
If you’re interested in rightsizing, book a tour of a Uniting retirement village near you to discover if it’s the next step in your journey. Call 1800 864 846 or visit www.uniting.org/villages