When I'm at work: retirement planning - Supported employee's workbook
Meeting 4 - Where will I live when I retire?
Read the living choices listed below and decide what is important to you. Tick () those that are important to you.
|Living choices||What is important to me|
|Stay in the town I am now living in|
|Living at the beach|
|Living in the country|
|Living by myself or with my partner|
|Living with a group of people|
|Having a house with a big back yard|
|Being close to public transport|
|Being close to a swimming pool, tennis court or bowling club|
|Close to shops, a doctor or a theatre|
|Close to family and friends|
|List any other things|
Great, you have thought about some of the things that are important for you about where you will live. Now let's think about where you want to live and what is available in the town or community you want to live in. You can talk to people about these things.
|Living with a number of people
|Living with a member of my family|
|Residential care homes
||Leaving Australia |
If you have family and friends overseas or
were born overseas you may wish to return to your former country.
If you are going to be moving house when you retire, you need to plan for it. You might need to discuss your ideas for moving and some help to make it happen. Family members or your support workers might be able to give you advice or help.
In order to work out where you might like to live you could talk to other people you know about the types of homes they live in. Ask them what is good and bad about where they live. Ask them if they have any ideas about the type of home that would suit you.
You will also need to think about whether you will need things like wheelchair access, less stairs, ramps or special equipment in your next home.
A local accommodation service is one place you can contact to talk about the homes that might be available for you.
You can also talk to people at Centrelink about rental or housing concessions that you might be eligible for when you retire. This could increase the money you will have available to pay rent, and could improve the range of housing available to you.
Use the telephone book to find the names, addresses and telephone numbers of places you could contact for help or more information.
Bring this information to your next meeting.