Make your first days in senior living a success with these tips
For many older adults, making the decision to move to senior living is an exciting one. It’s an opportunity to live among friends and always have a nearby neighbor to chat with or join on a walk. These seniors no longer worry about house or lawn maintenance, and enjoy shared meals with fellow residents.
At Holiday Retirement, our more than 300 communities strive to help new residents feel at home, welcomed and included at the retirement community. That way, as you embark on a new adventure, any feelings of nervousness will be quickly replaced by excitement.
If you’re considering senior living for your loved one and have selected a community that fits his or her needs, all that’s left now is to make the move. As you set the move-in date and begin organizing and packing, consider what it was like to do similar activities in your life – such as making the move to another city or state. Such an exciting time!
Many of our communities have empowered fellow residents to become resident ambassadors. These individuals have often lived in their communities for quite some time and enjoy helping new residents get acclimated to senior living. At Holiday Retirement’s Birch Heights in Derry, New Hampshire, veteran resident Priscilla Vachon has spearheaded the resident ambassador program. Priscilla and her fellow ambassadors invite new residents to come to different events and activities and mingle with other residents to feel more at home. They encourage new residents to take their time settling in and make getting to know their ambassador a priority so they feel comfortable in their new digs.
Holiday Retirement’s Maple Suites has also embraced the resident ambassador program, and its impact is obvious among newer residents. The mentor/mentee relationship has helped residents feel welcomed and included from day one at the Dover, New Hampshire, retirement community. Maple Suites’ resident ambassadors advise newcomers to “remember that every resident at a Holiday Retirement community has made the same transition you’re making. The moving, the paperwork, the downsizing. We, as residents, understand where you’re at, and we’re here to support you and listen and offer advice if needed.”
Feeling supported by fellow residents is great for the transition to a senior living community, but it’s also important to make sure your apartment or personal living space is well equipped for you to call home. Here’s a list of “the practical stuff” many residents have found helpful when settling in:
- A few kitchen basics (bowl, plate, flatware, glass, mug)
- Small microwave, toaster or toaster oven
- Coffee maker or Keurig (Holiday offers fresh coffee in the community’s coffee bar, but residents say they like being able to make their own when they want)
- Collapsible TV-style table
- Small folding cart for shopping excursions
- Shower caddy
- Shower chair
If you’re interested in exploring Holiday’s senior living options for yourself or a loved one, start today by getting in touch with us. We’re happy to answer your questions and take you on a tour.