Are you considering moving into a retirement community? That could be a smart move. Retirement communities are popular because they usually offer a wide range of activities, amenities and socialization opportunities. They also offer support for each phase of retirement, from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing care.
You may find a retirement community helpful because it gives you the chance to enjoy your independence while also having support and medical providers nearby. You also may make a whole network of new friends, as all of your neighbors will be like-minded retirees. In fact, regular socialization with others could reduce your stress level and your risk of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s.
Before you sign the contract, though, it’s important to do your due diligence and ask tough questions. Every community will put its best face forward during the sales process. Not all communities are the same, however. Below are a few factors to think about as you consider your retirement community options:
Your retirement community is meant to be your final home. You may transition over time from independent living to assisted living or even skilled nursing care. However, the idea is that you’ll never have to move again after you move into the community. You could be there for several decades.
The only way to get the full benefit of the community’s services, though, is for the community to last for the duration of your retirement. If the community fails because of financial issues, you may not get a return of your deposit or other funds.
Don’t be afraid to ask about the community’s finances before you move in. The occupancy rate is an especially important point. If the community has a high level of vacancies, that could be a red flag. Ask why the vacancies exist and what’s being done to correct the issue. You may even ask to see the community’s balance sheet. Also, be sure to ask what happens to your deposit and payments if the community ever becomes financially insolvent.
Base Services and Extras
As you tour a retirement community, you will likely see flashy marketing materials that highlight fun activities and luxurious amenities. However, those items aren’t always included in your initial deposit and monthly payments. Many communities offer premium services and amenities for an extra cost.
For example, group outings could cost extra. While the community may have an association with a local golf or tennis club, you may have to pay membership dues to join. Also, it’s possible that your costs may change if you transition to assisted living or skilled nursing care. Ask plenty of questions to see how the costs will add up now and in the future.
Long-Term Care Insurance
If you’re in the early stages of retirement, you may not be thinking about long-term care. However, long-term care is an issue that many retirees will face at some point. It’s extended assistance with basic daily activities such as mobility, bathing and eating. Most communities offer some level of long-term care support, usually through an assisted living community.
If you already own long-term care insurance, check with your insurer to make sure it covers the community and its services. If you don’t have insurance, now may be the time to consider it. Your insurance policy could help cover some of your community payments should you ever need assisted living care or skilled nursing care. Your financial professional can help you determine which long-term care policy is right for you.
Ready to develop your retirement strategy? Let’s talk about it. Contact us today at Heritage Financial North. We can help you analyze your needs and implement a plan. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
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Own your own business? If so, you’re probably juggling many different challenges. You have to provide service your customers, find new clients and manage your company’s cash flow. You also may have to manage your employees, develop new products and services and work to achieve your long-term goals. As a business owner, you probably wear many different hats.
With so many challenges on your plate, retirement may not be on your radar. If you’re like many business owners, you may think you can work as long as you want. Many self-employed individuals funnel their energy and resources into their business rather than plan for the future.
However, retirement is one challenge you may not want to ignore. It’s not a given that you’ll be able to work forever, and you may not be able to sell your business to fund your retirement. It’s always helpful to have assets set aside for retirement. Also, a business retirement plan may be a helpful tool to attract new employees.
Approaching retirement? If so, you may be thinking about how you’ll manage and avoid major financial risks. The biggest risk you may face is the need for long-term care. Long-term care is extended assistance with basic daily activities such as eating, bathing and mobility. It’s often provided either in an assisted living facility or in the home by family members or home health aides.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, long-term care will be a reality for many seniors. The department found that today’s 65-year-olds have a 70 percent chance of needing long-term care at some point. The care is usually needed for a few years, but nearly 20 percent of those who need care require it for five years or more.1
Is retirement approaching? Worried that you won’t have enough money? You have company. According to a recent study from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, baby boomers have a median retirement savings balance of only $147,000.1 While that number may represent a good start, it’s unlikely to be sufficient to fund a long retirement.
Baby boomers face a number of unprecedented retirement challenges. Many don’t have pensions, which means they have to shoulder the burden of funding their expenses in retirement. Retirees also have to contend with a longer life span, which means they need to cover more years of spending. Health care is also a substantial area of expense.
Did you leave your 401(k) behind at your old job? According to a study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), you have company. The study found that more than 25 million Americans left their 401(k) balance in a former employer’s plan during the 10-year period from 2004 through 2013.1
When you leave a 401(k) balance in a former employer’s plan, it could create complications. For example, if the employer is sold or goes out of business, you may have trouble accessing the money. If you pass away, your beneficiaries could have trouble tracking down your old balance.
If you have a balance in an old 401(k) plan, now may be the right time to take action. Below are a few options. Consider your unique needs and goals. You also may want to consult with a financial professional to help you decide on the right strategy.
According to a recent study from InsuranceQuotes, 40 percent of Americans don’t have life insurance. Among those who didn’t have insurance, half said they feel like it’s not necessary.1 Even among those who have insurance, many don’t know if they have the correct amount.
Risk management is at the core of any financial plan. There may not be a bigger risk than the early death of a parent, loved one or financial provider. If you have young children or you support loved ones, your death could cause serious financial challenges for those who are most important to you. Life insurance helps you minimize that risk.
Do you take a comprehensive approach to planning your finances? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. According to a study from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, only 19 percent of Americans could be classified as “comprehensive planners.” The remaining 81 percent either plan only for specific financial goals or don’t do any planning at all.1
A comprehensive financial plan is one that addresses your entire financial picture. It may include everything from retirement planning to investment management to risk management and much more. A comprehensive plan is often helpful because it can show you how financial decisions in one area of your life can impact goals in other areas of your financial life.
For example, you may have a plan for retirement. But do you know how your efforts to save for retirement impact other goals, such as saving for your child’s education or paying down high-interest debt? A comprehensive plan shows you the interaction between these goals so you can make more informed decisions.