Here are some key things to keep in mind as you prepare to make the leap.
DownsizingWhen you're no longer working, will you want to keep living in the family home? Many ‘empty nesters; find that without the kids, the house they've been living in can feel too big and empty, or be too difficult or expensive to maintain. A big garden may be fine for now, but will you still be able (or willing) to keep it looking lovely in a couple of years? And how will you navigate that flight of stairs as you get older? It's worth thinking about your hobbies and plans here too – if you're keen to spend your retirement caravanning around Australia, then downsizing to a unit, villa or apartment that you can lock up and leave could be the way to go!
Staying activeAs you get older, it's important to keep active – both physically and mentally. With some extra time on your hands, it's the perfect opportunity to take up that hobby you've always been meaning to try, whether it's a sport, language, craft or game. Some retirees find that, instead of slowing down without work, their hobbies, social activities and volunteering keep them as busy as ever! Even just getting out and about and meeting new people in a social setting is a great way to stay busy and mentally fit.
At Rise, there's always something to do and someone to chat to at our six social centres around Perth. Our team of friendly staff are always planning new and interesting outings and activities – in the past few months, members of our social clubs have enjoyed a scenic cruise on the Mandurah Estuary, a trishaw ride around Lake Monger, a glamorous high tea, a barbeque brunch by the river, and so much more. We also have a dedicated Arts Hub where you can explore your creativity with woodwork, art, pottery and craft.
Retirement is your time to enjoy life, so why not get involved in all the activities and daytrips on offer? Find out more about our day centres here .
Find your communityIn retirement, having a supportive group of people around you can make all the difference. Pursuing your hobbies and taking part in group activities is a great way to meet new friends and find people who share your interests and are at the same stage of life as you. Why not join a club or social group, or become part of the busy Rise community ?
Support optionsWherever you are on your retirement journey, Rise can help. In addition to keeping your calendar full at our activity-packed social centres, we can support you in so many ways. These include:
- Home care, from cleaning and shopping to meal preparation;
- Transport to appointments and activities;
- Help with personal care and medication;
- Staying on top of the garden and home maintenance;
- Equipment and house modifications.
Retirement is a big change, but it's also an opportunity to spend time doing the things you want to do. Once you've thought about where you want to live and how you'll keep busy, active, and connected, you're well on your way to having a wonderful retirement. Now it's time to put those plans into action and get ready to live your best life!
Need help? Contact us on 08 6274 3700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs and how we can support you.