Four tips for getting settled at a senior living community
A change of scenery can be fun and add enjoyment to your life. Now that the kids are grown and living close to work isn’t a necessity, it’s a great time to focus on your personal quality of life. Plus, there are many benefits to downsizing, such as no longer having to worry about a leaky roof or a weedy garden. Now you can finally relax and just go where the day takes you.
Here are four tips to getting settled in:
Celebrate your next adventure. Organize a celebration to let friends and family know that you are moving. Share information on where you are headed, and invite friends and family to write and visit. Explore different rooms of your house with people close to you, remembering special events that took place in each, and discuss how the rooms have changed over time before saying goodbye.
Bring your old home to your new one. Before packing up, take photographs of how your furniture and decorations are arranged. They can be valuable keepsakes or, if the change is particularly difficult, you can arrange the furniture and decorations in a similar way at your new place. This way, when you wake up each morning, your gaze will fall on the same items it did before your move, helping you feel at home.
Bring a friend. If you’re nervous about finding your place in the crowd, ask a family member or close friend to spend the first day or two with you. Being social and exploring new places is often easier with someone familiar at your side. Many retirement communities offer visiting hours you can find online or by calling. Make a day trip to ask about meals, activities and the living areas while meeting current residents and staff members. Introducing yourself and your loved one to staff and other residents is a great conversation starter.
Give yourself a break. Adjusting to change takes time, so try to stay positive and do your best. The transition can be a challenge, and it helps to speak your mind with a family member, close friend or staff member. If you feel overwhelmed, take some time and remember that independent senior living is meant to connect residents with each other, to help you find new friends with similar interests. Before you know it, you will be making happy memories in your new home!
Once you start to get settled, look over the activities calendar and find some fun things to do throughout the week. These will make great starting points for developing new friendships and learning about other activities you might enjoy. At Holiday Retirement, our active social calendars are filled with many fun and popular activities like beanbag baseball, yoga, card bingo and more. Schedule a visit today!