After months of planning with your family, you have chosen the perfect assisted living community to move to. It’s close to family, has spacious rooms & luxury amenities, and offers quality care. However, there is one thing you’re anxious about, transitioning to your new life. Moving into an assisted living facility can be emotionally and physically draining, for both you and your family. Little decisions and tasks can seem incredibly overwhelming. Even if you know this is the right decision for you and your family, anxiety can still linger. Here are some ways to ease the transition:
Take Your Time
When it comes to downsizing your home, it’s important to not underestimate the amount of time it takes to do so. It often takes more than a weekend to pack a home full of a lifetime of memories and valuables. Decisions need to be made about what belongings you will take with you, sell, donate, or give to family or friends. Speaking of family, reach out to yours for help packing; it will ease the stress of the packing immensely. Remember, this is a major life change, not something that should be rushed. Unless you are moving amid a crisis, it’s important to take your time.
Get Involved with Your New Community Before the Move
Many senior living communities offer an assortment of community enrichment activities for residents and non-residents. Before the move, attend one. This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and staff, plus you’ll be able to better familiarize yourself with your new home.
Plan Your Move Carefully
Start off your transition right by ensuring moving day goes as smoothly as possible. Pack a bag of necessities, things like clothes, toiletries, medications that you’ll need right away. Enlist the help of a family member or a senior move manager to help move boxes and other belongings to your new home.
Personalize Your New Home
Make your new apartment feel as comfortable and cozy as possible by decorating with familiar belongings, such as blankets, furniture, and photos. This will definitely help ease the transition from your old life to your new one.
Remember, there will be ups and downs throughout the transition process. It’s only natural when dealing with such a major life change. Hopefully, these tips will help the process go as efficiently as possible.
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