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5 Tips for Transitioning to a Senior Living Community

It’s difficult for an independent older adult to move into a new environment. But moving to a senior living community could be the best option if you or a loved one needs just a bit of help with activities of daily living. After all, moving to a senior care community ensures you or an aging loved one can make new friends, can access the right level of care 24/7, and can continue experiencing the highest quality of life possible.

As is the case with any move, the move-in process to a new community can be stressful. But don’t worry! You and your family members can take actionable steps to make the transition period go as smoothly as possible.

5 Tips for a Successful Move

1. Downsize

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

Here’s how you can make the process easier for yourself or an aging parent:

  • Make a list of everything to bring to the new living space. Remember to list all the items that come to mind without walking through the house.
  • Plan the new space. Get the dimensions of the room in the community and develop a floor plan. This method makes it easier to visualize new surroundings and decide what furniture to bring… and what pieces to eliminate.
  • Start in the kitchen, dining room, or garage, as a lot of the items in these rooms tend to be less sentimental. You’ll be able to take care of a lot of clutter in only a few days.
  • Let it go. Give away unwanted items to family and friends, sell them, recycle them, or donate them—whatever you do, just get rid of the clutter. If an item doesn’t bring you joy, let it go.

2. Make It Feel Like Home

The best way to make yourself or your loved ones feel comfortable in their new apartment? Make it feel familiar, like their own home. Organize the space the same way it was in your previous living space. For example, put up photos of family and display their sentimental items prominently.

Take time to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing living space; we find it’s one of the best ways to ease new residents into their new home.

3. Get Involved

Socialization is incredibly important for overall wellness. Fortunately, seniors today have many choices when it comes to social activities. Every senior living option, from memory care to respite care to assisted living, has a wide variety of social events in the Avista Senior Living network. These events help incoming residents meet their new neighbors, caregivers, and other staff members, making it easy to start developing a new social circle on the first day.

4. Organize Family Visits

Organizing family visits and engaging with your loved ones is crucial in the first few months of moving into a senior living community. Regularly seeing loved ones will make a move bearable and offer happiness.

5. Take Care of Emotional Well-Being

Moving yourself, 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 life that can put a lot of emotional strain on the family. Everyone is going to need emotional support during this time, even when making the move to exactly the right community.

Always make sure to lean on your emotional support network or talk to a counselor or support group when times get tough.

Make the Move to Senior Living with Avista

Transitioning to senior living might seem overwhelming at first, but remember that change can be exciting. Retirement can be the best years of you or your parents’ lives. Come by and visit one of our senior living communities today to see firsthand the joy our residents and their loved ones find at Avista.

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