So after years and years of hard work, you’re finally retiring — congratulations! Now begins a time in your life purely devoted to much earned relaxation, reflection, and reuniting with family and friends. There is no better reason or occasion to celebrate than the close of a fulfilling career, and the start of uninterrupted vacation. So where do you start with planning the part to end (or begin) all parties? Here are a few ideas to get your festivities underway:
- Set up a budget. How much you’re willing to spend might be dependent on the size of your retirement savings — create a budget, and stick to it.
- Make a list of people you’d like to invite. Think of friends, family members, coworkers, bosses — these are all people who would love to celebrate your accomplishments with you.
- Consider having a theme. Are you planning on spending your retirement sprawled out on exotic beaches? Have an island theme! Party activities, food, and decorations can coordinate with the theme.
- Catering or BYO? Determine if it’s in your budget to hire a caterer. Suburban Eats, for example, offers catering in Plainview NY for large parties. Or for a tight budget, have guests bring a tray of their favorite dish to share.
- Share photos with guests. Create a slideshow of photos from your career that can be played continuously in the background at the party.
- Provide a guestbook that guests can sign with memories and best wishes.
- Design “business cards” with updated contact information to include in goodie bags.
- Enlist a friend, family member, or coworker to help you plan. They can help take some of the load off, and plan various surprises and toasts for you.
No matter what your budget is, or what you have in mind for your retirement party, the important thing is to have fun and reflect on all the positive memories of your career. A party will provide a great feeling of closure, and kick off the beginning of the rest of your life.
When my father had a stroke last year, he was in the hospital for almost 6 weeks. Although I was worried about him, and wondered what the future held, I knew that while he was in the hospital he was getting 24-hour care. Then his doctor said that he was going to be released and wanted to know what the family’s plans were. His doctor explained that he was going to need help if he wanted to stay at home and live independently. Since my father is pretty stubborn, this took some explanation, and finally an ultimatum was given to him – either he hired help or he moved into a retirement home. He reluctantly agreed to the help.
My dad’s doctor gave us the names and number of several different agencies. He explained that some were medical, while others were for non-medical senior care. My dad needed both, and at first I didn’t understand why. After a short time, however, the reason became quite apparent. While the nurses come and make sure that my dad has his medication, get him bathed and dressed and look after his general health, the non-medical senior care workers provided companionship. They ensure that his ‘mental’ health is looked after – playing cards with him, talking to him, and sometimes just sitting with him. Through extensively researching the agencies provided from my dad’s doctor we found that Seniors Helping Seniors of Jefferson County Colorado topped the list. They seemed to have wonderful reviews from their customers and had many locations around the states providing superior home care.
My dad was not very independent when he first arrived home, so these visits really helped him get through the day. The care workers would help prepare his dinner, play checkers with him, leaf through magazines, and just talk to him about his ‘younger’ days as a police office. They seemed genuinely interested in what he had to say and really listened to his concerns and questions as though they were one of his close friends.
He came to look forward to their visits and even has me go out and buy some chocolates or little gifts for them every once in a while, to show his appreciation. Seniors Helping Seniors of Jefferson Colorado has been the best thing that has happened to our family and I would definitely suggest anyone in need of home care to check these guys out. They are dedicated to their work and bring happiness into everyone’s life that they help.