Guide to move-in day: How to help the older adult in your life get settled
From the very first Google search through getting settled in a new community, navigating the world of senior living for the older person in your life can seem like a tall order. There are so many events and feelings to anticipate in your journey, and the next step is not always the clearest.
To help demystify one part of this process, we put together this short guide to move-in day to make the move to a new community as seamless (and fun!) as possible.
As with many things in life, preparation before the “big day” is key. Be sure to know the exact dimensions of the room and doorways well before starting the moving process. No one wants to pack up the antique armoire only to realize it won’t fit until you’re right outside the door.
Ask for help!
There are no bonus points for taking on moving day all by yourself, so ask for help! Take some of the stress out of the move with Moves for Seniors. This organization specializes in helping older people move and can help with everything from packing and planning the move to making everything go as smoothly as possible.
Keep the mood light
Some new residents are leaving a home they’ve lived in for years, even decades. Change is rarely easy and can result in some folks being a bit blue or irritable. Help combat those feelings by keeping the mood light. Have a sense of humor throughout the day, wear a funny hat or listen to music while you’re unpacking to keep your loved one’s thoughts from racing.
Make sure things are accessible and clearly labeled
One of the most frustrating things about moving is locating everything once you’re moved in. Avoid the headaches by clearly labeling every box with what it contains and where it should go. This makes unpacking much smoother and is especially helpful if you need quick access to something such as medication.
Make it feel like home
Moving to a new home can mean the older adult in your life is leaving behind a place he or she loves, made memories and experienced life. When moving to a senior living community, be sure to make it feel like home as soon as possible. This can be done by showcasing a loved one’s handmade quilt, a favorite candle that instantly brings back memories, photos on the walls or even the furniture arrangement. Go above and beyond to bring some of these items to the new home before move-in day so it’s the first thing he or she sees walking in.
Familiarize yourself with your surroundings
It may have been a while between touring a community and move-in day. Once you get settled, walk around to familiarize yourself with the community. Find your way to the dining room, meet next-door neighbors and even take a walk around the block to help the older adult in your life see his or her new neighborhood.
Set a date
Before you leave for the day, set a date with the older adult in your life for later that week. Plan to stop by for lunch or coffee so you can hear about the first few days.
With a little prep and some know-how, move-in day won’t be stressful or something to dread. In fact, the day is all about new beginnings! Keep the energy upbeat, remember to ask for help when you need it and, most important, have fun!
Interested in learning more about a senior living community for an older adult in your life? Get in touch to join us for a meal and find out why Holiday Retirement helps older adults live better.