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Tips For Moving To A Senior Living Community

How To Plan For The Moving Process

Once you have made the decision to move yourself or a loved one to a senior living community, it’s time to start planning the move. With some basic preparation, you can minimize stress and make for a smooth transition.

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Simplify For A Successful Move

During the time leading up to your move, you can take certain steps that will help you get settled more quickly and easily – giving you the opportunity to start enjoying your carefree retirement lifestyle right away and keeping you feeling young and active for years to come.

  • Find the right community.

Before you begin the process of finding a community, prioritize what’s most important to you. Financial considerations can be particularly significant in your decision. Some people prefer a more flexible rental community while others are looking for the long-term value of communities with a buy-in. We encourage individuals to compare their current budget (costs of living and expenses of maintaining a home) to that of living in a particular community to determine everything that is included at each. Also compare the lifestyle options provided at each of the communities you visit to find a community with your favorite activities, interesting programs and socialization opportunities.

  • Make a timeline.

Determine your move-in date and work backwards creating a timeline for everything that needs to be accomplished, allocating how much time you’ll need for each task on your list. You may find it helpful to use a binder to store all the important information for your move, including notes, to-do lists and deadlines, so that nothing gets lost in the shuffle of packing and moving.

  • Choose what to take.

Start with the floor plan and measurements from your new senior living apartment in order to determine which large furniture items will fit into your space. As you streamline your belongings, keep it simple and prioritize bringing your favorite furniture, meaningful décor and clothing. You’ll want to allow plenty of time to sort, organize and make decisions about everything you’re bringing to your new residence. If additional help is needed, we can connect you with local companies that specialize in downsizing and senior relocation.

  • Move forward.

Having help as you move can definitely ease some of the strong emotions that come along with packing and downsizing. Allow time and space for the emotions that may come along with this life change but try to keep your thoughts and conversations focused on the future rather than the past. Begin by packing items that don’t have sentimental value and as you go, find the excitement in bringing your special belongings into a new, comfortable space.

  • Enjoy your fresh start.

Finding ways to feel comfortable at your new community is much more important than emptying every box. Take breaks to introduce yourself to your new neighbors, join a fitness class or take part a community event. It’s easy to jump right in with all the services and amenities provided at our maintenance-free community; however, you will still need time to adjust. It can take six months or more to make your new community feel like home, get into a routine and develop a new circle of friends – but by being prepared and staying positive, your new beginning should go smoothly.