After months of careful planning, you’ve finally discovered the perfect senior living community to call home. This community is close to family, has spacious rooms, and offers luxurious amenities. However, anxiety is still there. Moving into an assisted living facility can be emotionally and physically draining. Small decisions can seem overwhelming. Even if you are convinced moving is the right decision, the transition can seem frightening. Here are a few methods to ease that transition:
Take Your Time
Do not underestimate the amount of time it takes to downsize your home. It often takes more than a weekend to pack a home filled with a lifetime of memories and valuables. You will need to make decisions about what belongings you will take with you, sell, donate, or give to family or friends. Speaking of family, reach out to them for help; it will ease the stress of packing immensely. Remember, moving should not be rushed, this is a major life change. Unless you are moving amid a crisis, just take your time.
Before you move, attend a community enrichment activity at the new senior community you’ll be calling home. These are great opportunities to meet neighbors and staff, plus you will be able to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings.
Pack a bag of necessities, things like clothes, toiletries, and medications that you will need right away. Enlist the help of a family member or a senior move manager to move boxes and other belongings to your new home. Start your transition off right by ensuring your move goes as smoothly as possible.
Make It Your Own
Make your new home feel as comfortable and cozy as possible by decorating with familiar belongings, such as blankets, furniture, and photos.
Remember, there will be ups and downs throughout the moving process, especially when it comes to transitioning into an assisted living community. It is only natural when dealing with such a major life change.
If you are searching for a lively senior living community where there is always something to do, consider Vista Shores Assisted Living and Memory Care. We are a luxury assisted living community on the banks of Bayou St. John in New Orleans. We offer a wide array of diverse social and cultural activities and health and fitness classes, as well as weekly housekeeping, laundry, and transportation services. Contact us today to schedule a tour!