We never know the future and the amount of time reserved for us in this life. We may pass away tomorrow or in half a century. Either way, most of us are willing to enjoy our life with beloved ones and to remain together in our own homes as long as we can maintain ourselves. That is why long-term planning is a perfect way to make the decline of our life pleasant and Stress-free.
The first step of planning is to determine whether you are going to live in your home when you get older. If the answer is yes, you should pay off your mortgage and update the house regularly so that it requires minimum future repairs.
Some people don’t like the idea of keeping up their houses when they retire. If this is you, it is better to discuss all the options with your spouse. Are you going to live in condominium or just move closer to your children? Discuss the scenario and share it with your children and other relatives.
Don’t postpone planning!
The years fly by and you shouldn’t put off the issue. Think about all the aspects of your life: physical, emotional and without any doubt, financial.
– Make your home improvements
– Think about one car instead of two
– Discuss the possibility of living closer to your children
– Consult your financial planner
Try to estimate your costs and think about savings that can be used for your future care. If your assets are not enough, you can supplement it with long-term care insurance. Discuss with your financial planner whether it is better to insure both spouses or just one, considering the cost of inflation.
Moreover, don’t forget to take into account your Medicare costs, which will be based on your retirement income. Remember, that B and D Medicare Parts cost much more for people with high income.