Moving into an assisted living community can be a scary thing to tackle. It can be an emotionally and physically draining process for both you and your family. Little decisions can seem incredibly overwhelming. So many things need to happen even before you choose your new home. After choosing your new home, the moving process can still be daunting. Even if you know this is the right decision for you and your family, anxiety can still linger. However, the process does not have to be all stressful. Here are some ways to ease the transition:
Community Involvement Is Key
Before the big move, attend a community enrichment event offered by your new home. Many senior living communities offer an assortment of activities for residents as well as non-residents. What a better way to familiarize yourself with your future home as well as meeting your new neighbors!
Slow Down & Remember to Breathe
Don’t underestimate the time it will take to downsize your home. It usually takes more than a weekend to pack 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. Don’t hesitate to call on your family or friends to help you pack. 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.
Moving Day Plans
Start off your transition right by ensuring moving day goes as smoothly as possible. Have a plan ready. Pack a bag of necessities, items like clothes, toiletries, medications that you will 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.
It’s Your Home, Make It Yours
Decorate your home with familiar belongings, such as blankets, furniture, and photos. These personal items will make your new apartment feel cozy and comfortable as you ease into your new life.
Remember, there will be ups and downs throughout the process, especially when it comes to transitioning into a senior living community. It’s only natural when dealing with such a major life change.
At Francois Bend Senior Living, our mission is to help ease your transition, every step of the way. We are an assisted living and memory care facility dedicated to a blend of comfort, safety, and maintenance-free living in the heart of Gonzales. Learn about all we have to offer. Schedule a tour today!