Sunday, April 26, 2020

Phuket: A Nice Place to Settle Down

When you are looking down the road at that new lifestyle of retirement, there is a whole new way of life to be anticipated.  And that is the fun of retirement planning because, as they say, anticipation is half of the fun.  And part of the preparation for retirement is looking at various retirement facilities and retirement communities that you might look to call home.

You may also choose to rent an apartment overseas and hang out there for several months of the year instead of picking a retirement community. Many are "retiree friendly" and you can live in the sunshine for less cost than in most countries retirement homes. 

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Patong Beach Apartments

It’s appropriate to use the term “retirement community” because when you are considering selling your home and moving to an assisted care facility or a senior apartment, community is just as important to you as the food and the layout of your space.  So when you start that search process, it’s good to know what questions to ask and how to evaluate different retirement communities against each other.

The layout and how the residents are interacted with by staff make a big difference for how well people get out of their apartments and enjoy their living arrangements.  Take the tour of the place but don’t just look the carpet and the views out of the display apartment windows.  Look at how many people are out and about, how much informal communication is going on and if public spaces are available and in use on a daily basis.  That is something that cannot be “staged” and you will be able to tell if the people are having fun and enjoying each other at the retirement community. 

Make it a point to talk to various staff members during your stay.  If the person assigned to host you lets you talk to residents and staff but they must be present, that might indicate that they are putting on a show for you and not letting you know the real story of the facility.  Make arrangements to be “cut loose” to wander the halls, talk to residents and visit staff on a surprise basis. If the staff is irritated by your attempts to communicate, always busy or cold and hostile, that is a culture issue that you don’t want to be part of your new lifestyle.

A real test of a retirement community might come in giving them a test drive.  If the facility owners have a guest apartment and they offer to let you stay for a few days to just sample life in the community, that is a strong statement of faith that you will find everything to your liking.  By living amongst the people, you have lots of chances to eat with the residents, begin making friends and find out the real scoop on whether this is a good place to live or not.

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Patong Beach Apartments

By coming up with a strategy for looking at different retirement centers to find out what they are really all about, you will do a much better job of evaluating retirement communities.  And it’s worth the effort to dig a bit beneath the surface because if this place wants to be your new home, they must be able to make you retirement life happy, social and fun.  Because that’s the way it should be.

You may want to choose to live abroad if you are in good health. If so, we recommend you look at Phuket Thailand as to making it a new home. It has international world class hospitals, lots of sunshine and many fun things to do. Cost of living much less than UK, America, Australia or another european country. 

If you separated, single or divorced, it is a great place to start over. Thais are forgiving of your past and ready to start a new life with you. If you have a budget of £ 2000, $3000 USD or $3500 Canadian or Australian, you should strongly consider Phuket for a retirement home instead of staying your home country.


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