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Old 03-03-2017, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I am basically asking for advice about selecting a retirement home. If the choice is between a secluded property with a nice view three miles outside of town, and a "so-so" home in town with no view, which would you suggest, and why?

(We are introverts to whom peace and quiet is VERY important, but we also want to be practical.)
Choose on the basis of access to services and health care. You need good docs and hospitals when you are older. That is a basic thing, I think.

You also need a stable neighborhood with good jobs. You don't need the jobs, but your fellow citizens need them. If you move to a town with a horrible economy, you will have more crime and services will be fewer.

In my opinion, you also need an active and well funded library.

IMO, installing yourselves far away in the country, away from good medical services will require you move sooner than you imagine, if one of you develops a chronic condition, or has a health reverse.
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Old 03-03-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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"Choose on the basis of access to services and health care. You need good docs and hospitals when you are older. That is a basic thing, I think."

That is, if you plan to spend your retirement in doctors' office and hospitals. In my view, too many have been programmed to make their golden years an unending quest to extend them. I avoid doctors like the plague now and plan to continue that practice then. When it's my time to die, at least I'll have lived -- and enjoyed my life -- first. Proximity to medical facilities will not be my first priority. A gym, an ocean, a university, public transit, an airport, a dance community, a library, a hiking and biking trail, woods, theatre, ballet, a spiritual home -- yes.
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Old 03-03-2017, 03:39 PM
 
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"Choose on the basis of access to services and health care. You need good docs and hospitals when you are older. That is a basic thing, I think."

That is, if you plan to spend your retirement in doctors' office and hospitals. In my view, too many have been programmed to make their golden years an unending quest to extend them. I avoid doctors like the plague now and plan to continue that practice then. When it's my time to die, at least I'll have lived -- and enjoyed my life -- first. Proximity to medical facilities will not be my first priority. A gym, an ocean, a university, public transit, an airport, a dance community, a library, a hiking and biking trail, woods, theatre, ballet, a spiritual home -- yes.
I absolutely agree with this! -- and, to everyone, thanks for your opinions and advice!!!
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Old 03-03-2017, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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That is, if you plan to spend your retirement in doctors' office and hospitals. In my view, too many have been programmed to make their golden years an unending quest to extend them. I avoid doctors like the plague now and plan to continue that practice then.
This ^^^^^ !
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Old 03-03-2017, 04:28 PM
 
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Imagine this scenario. You have a incident in your home. perhaps a fall, perhaps getting locked out when something is on the stove.

In the "big bad city" it's not too difficult to shout and have neighbors hear you and come to investigate. Or if you must go to seek help, it could be as close as a few yards away.

In the sticks? Good luck with that!
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Old 03-03-2017, 04:30 PM
 
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"Choose on the basis of access to services and health care. You need good docs and hospitals when you are older. That is a basic thing, I think."

That is, if you plan to spend your retirement in doctors' office and hospitals. In my view, too many have been programmed to make their golden years an unending quest to extend them. I avoid doctors like the plague now and plan to continue that practice then. When it's my time to die, at least I'll have lived -- and enjoyed my life -- first. Proximity to medical facilities will not be my first priority. A gym, an ocean, a university, public transit, an airport, a dance community, a library, a hiking and biking trail, woods, theatre, ballet, a spiritual home -- yes.
No one starts out with a plan to do such.

However, time has a way of putting us all into our places.
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Old 03-03-2017, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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No one starts out with a plan to do such.

However, time has a way of putting us all into our places.
But to choose to retire in a place based on medical care instead of being where you are happy is a sad way to spend the last 25% of one's life. If at age 65 you're a wreck physically then it might make sense, but otherwise, no.

Be happy and take your chances. A lot of people die before they need continuous medical care. So not all. Further, is living a lifestyle where your hobby is doctor visits and hospital stays any way to live? Maybe if you fear death and want to hang on to life as long as possible.

We live rural and live in one of many places that is a semi-paradise. The fact we have a good regional hospital with a helicopter pad 25 minutes away is a side note. Was never a consideration.

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Imagine this scenario. You have a incident in your home. perhaps a fall, perhaps getting locked out when something is on the stove.

In the "big bad city" it's not too difficult to shout and have neighbors hear you and come to investigate. Or if you must go to seek help, it could be as close as a few yards away.

In the sticks? Good luck with that!
assuming you have urban neighbors who care. Not always the case or if they can hear you above the noise of the city.

For a dollar a day you get this: https://www.lifeline.philips.com/saf...en_v4k8_google Yes, it works rural vis landline or cell.

Lifeline. A common and widely available service. And of course there is my cell phone in my pocket. "Hi 911! I just fell and can't get up. Would be so kind and dispatch an ambulance to my address?"

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Old 03-03-2017, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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Imagine this scenario. You have a incident in your home. perhaps a fall, perhaps getting locked out when something is on the stove.

In the "big bad city" it's not too difficult to shout and have neighbors hear you and come to investigate. Or if you must go to seek help, it could be as close as a few yards away.

In the sticks? Good luck with that!
Locked out? Nah, never lock the door out here in the sticks. Leave the keys in the car too.

Shout to the neighbors? If they can hear me, I can hear them. I can live without that.

An aid car does take longer to get here. It does make you take self reliance a bit more seriously. But I don't see anything wrong with that.
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Old 03-03-2017, 05:42 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Come back and tell us in 15 years how it's working out.
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Old 03-03-2017, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Northern IL
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Imagine this scenario. You have a incident in your home. perhaps a fall, perhaps getting locked out when something is on the stove.

In the "big bad city" it's not too difficult to shout and have neighbors hear you and come to investigate. Or if you must go to seek help, it could be as close as a few yards away.

In the sticks? Good luck with that!
Odd presumption. I find our country neighbors extremely accommodating and very willing to help in anyway.
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