Moving into a senior living care facility is a big step in your life. However, the process can feel overwhelming if you do not know where to begin. There are several things you will want to keep in mind when selecting a senior living facility and when making your move.
The Advantages of Being Part of a Senior Living Community
With a senior living community, you have control over how much independence you will have. Even if you want to maintain your independence, there might also be services that you want to have easy access to such as home maintenance or food preparation.
Do Your Research
Make sure to research the community before you move. You will not only be looking for a place to live, but a community you can become a part of and that you will feel comfortable in. You'll want to make sure that the community has many activities, opportunities to socialize, and amenities.
Schedule a tour of the facility. If you have any questions, make sure to ask them. Write down any thoughts you have. It might make sense to go on a second tour if you aren't sure or if you can't decide between two senior living facilities. Pay close attention to how you feel when you're visiting the senior living facility.
Make Sure You Have Everything You Need
One of the most important details to plan as you prepare to move into your new senior living home is your medications. You will also need to remember to transfer your prescriptions. Then, you'll have your medications available when you need them. Make sure to also update your address and have all mail forwarded to your new address.
Make sure to request a floor plan for your new senior living facility so you can make sure that you have enough space for all of your belongings. For those possessions that you don't have enough space for, you'll want to determine whether you need to place them in storage or donate them.
Imagine Your New Home
It's important to visualize each step of the moving process. You will want to imagine packing, moving into your new home, settling into your new routine, and then participating more and more with the community. Its important to not be afraid to ask for help from friends or family members. However, once you have settled into your senior living facility, it will be much easier to live a more independent life at your new home.