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6 Helpful Tips on Transitioning to Senior Living

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Spring Gardens Senior Living in St. George, Utah

Moving to a senior living community could be the best option if your loved one needs just a bit of daily help. Moving to a senior housing community ensures your aging loved one won’t feel isolated and can continue living life to the fullest.

You and your family can certainly do things to make the transition to senior care go smoothly. Read our tips to consider.

#1 Downsize

Downsizing is a vast and challenging process, but it’s also crucial since your parents can’t bring everything with them to their new retirement community. Start downsizing as soon as possible. The earlier, the better.  

Here’s how you can make the process easier:

  • Ask your parents to list everything they want to bring with them. Remember to list all the items that come to mind without walking through the house.  
  • Plan their new space. Get the dimensions of their new space and develop a floor plan. They can visualize their room and decide what furniture to bring and what pieces to eliminate.  
  • Start in the kitchen or garage, as many items tend to be less sentimental. You’ll be able to take care of a lot of clutter in only a few days.
  • Consider giving away unwanted items to family and friends, selling them, recycling them, or donating them. If an item doesn’t bring you joy, let it go.

#2 Make it Cozy

Make your loved ones feel comfortable in their new accommodation by making it feel familiar. Organize their space the same way it was in their home. Put up photos of family and display their sentimental items. 

Create a functional and aesthetically pleasing living space that helps smooth the transition.

#3 Get Involved 

Today, seniors have many choices when it comes to social activities. Every senior living community boasts a robust social program. Encourage your parents to attend social events. It will help them meet their fellow residents, find new friends and develop their social circle. 

Having friends is crucial for emotional health and has the added benefit of engaging your mind and body.

#4 Get to Know Your Neighbors

A senior living community is like any other neighborhood. Life is better when you can confide in good neighbors and chat occasionally. Encourage your loved ones to get to know their neighbors. Meeting others who may also be going through something similar can help your loved ones adjust.

Get to know the staff and caregivers. It is they who will look after your loved ones. Developing a relationship with them could help with questions and concerns during this new experience.

#5 Organize Family Visits

Organizing family visits is crucial in the first few months of living in a senior living community. Regularly seeing the older adults in your family will make a move bearable, give them peace of mind and bring them happiness.

#6 Take Care of Emotional Well-being.

Moving a parent or loved one to an assisted living community is one of the most complex decisions anyone will ever make. It’s a new chapter in their life that can put a lot of emotional strain on them and their family. Your loved one will need a lot of support, and so will you.   

Don’t neglect your emotional and mental well-being either. It is good to consider talking to someone if you are feeling sad. 

Visit Spring Gardens Senior Living in St. George, Utah

Retirement can be the best years of your parent’s life. Come by and visit the Spring Gardens Senior Living community in the St. George, Utah, area to see the difference for yourself. We provide assisted living and memory care for your loved ones. 

 

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