Once you make the decision to move into senior apartments, perhaps in a senior living community, you may find yourself facing a great deal of change. After perhaps years or decades of living in a residence and community you’re familiar with, it may seem daunting to uproot yourself and relocate. With some careful planning, your move can lead to some great outcomes—fewer responsibilities, more available assistance, and the ability to enjoy your golden years. To ease your transition to senior apartments, consider the following before you make your move:
Of course, the first step towards moving into senior apartments is to select the community that best fits your needs. Today’s communities have many more options and flexibility than in the past. Most senior communities want to promote independence and activity among their residents. Assistance and care are available to meet each resident’s unique needs. As you select a community, you want to be sure you can remain there throughout your golden years, so look for a setting that can scale up to meet your needs.
After considering the available settings and selecting the one you feel most at home in, you will want to fully survey it to ensure you can properly plan for your move. You might have the option to select a floorplan for your personal residence. Ask to see your senior apartment (or one like it) so that you can have a vision in mind as you prepare for your move. It is also helpful to find out what will be supplied to you versus what you may need to bring yourself (for example, whether the apartment is furnished).
After you know where you are headed, you can start planning for your move. Determine the timeline you may need to follow. Depending on how much time you have available to prepare for the move, you may need to allot time each day or week towards downsizing and packing. Lists will also be helpful during this stage. Start making notes about what you want to take, what you may get rid of, and where your unwanted belongings can go (for example, to family or donated to charitable organizations).
Once you have made your plans and done your initial prep, you will need to tackle the tough work of downsizing and packing. This can be difficult work, both physically and emotionally. After years of collecting, you might find it sad to let go of your belongings. The good news is, you can take your most prized possessions to senior apartments. Focus on what you need to take and what you want to take versus what you can live without. As you eliminate items, you might even find it freeing to start fresh.
As you pack, follow your plans to avoid overpacking. Avoid putting items into long-term storage as they will only be something to deal with later. Have boxes ready for donations and gifts for friends/family. As you say goodbye to some belongings, you can take a moment to appreciate the role they served in your life, before sending them along to someone else who can enjoy them equally as much. You might recruit others for this part of the process as well, especially if you need someone to help you haul heavy items.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Moving into senior apartments can be a big transition, but it does not need to be a difficult process. Having choices for where you go, when you go, and what goes with you will make the process much easier. By starting early and selecting the right venue, you can feel confident that the end of this path will be a good outcome and worth the challenge of getting there. Depending on your planned location, you might also find that staff can help you in the process of downsizing and settling into your new home.