How To Get Comfortable In Your New Home
- Choose a community that makes you feel at home.
Look for welcoming staff and friendly residents when you are touring different senior living communities. Their interactions can tell you a lot about the community and whether it’s the right fit.
- Check community guidelines. Once you’ve found the ideal community, you should check into any rules or recommendations the community has regarding moving into its residences. By doing so, you’ll know about any restrictions up front as you or your loved one gets settled in.
- Decide what furniture to use. Use our floor plans and square footage information to start measuring your furniture and determining what pieces will best fit in your new space. You can also decide if you need to purchase anything – many residents prioritize comfortable seating, storage pieces and multi-functional furniture when they downsize.
- Show some personality in your décor. You may decide to bring familiar décor from your former home or instead pick a new theme or design – whatever makes you feel the best! Either way, be careful not to over clutter. You’ll likely need to cut back on decorative pieces while still letting your personal style shine through.
- Add photos and other memories. Every home needs some special keepsakes to make it unique and your new apartment is no exception. Framed photos of family, friends and personal mementos can also serve as conversation starters with new neighbors.
- Make new connections. After you or your loved one have moved in, it’s time to enjoy all the social opportunities that come with retirement living. Dine in common areas with other residents, take part in community activities and visit with neighbors. At The Crossings at Riverchase, everyone is welcoming and truly excited to meet new residents.
- Keep in touch. As you begin to meet new people at your community, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to friends and family outside of your new home. People we love are what truly creates a “home.” Invite visitors to your new apartment and offer to show them around — and of course, introduce them to all your new friends and neighbors!
- Leave room for new memories. Once you are making the most of life at your new community, you’ll also be making plenty of new memories and sharing experiences with friends. Whether creating new décor in art class, enjoying fitness opportunities or inviting friends to your apartment, you’ll find the more involved you become at your new home, the more at home you will feel.
Remember, it’s normal to feel a little homesick in a new setting and it takes time to adjust – but the team at The Crossings is always here to help you feel more comfortable. Once you’ve put these tips into action, it will only be a matter of time until living at our beautiful new senior living community feels just like home.