Use these tips for guidance as you get ready to move so that you can get settled quickly and confidently – and save time so you’ll be able to start enjoying your carefree retirement lifestyle right away.
- Write out a plan and timeline.
It may be most helpful to start from your move-in date and work backwards creating a timeline for everything that needs to be done. Consider how much time you’ll need for each task on your list. We also recommend using a binder to store all the important information for your move, including notes, to-do lists and deadlines. Having everything you need in one place – important papers, contact information and even receipts in your binder – will help ensure nothing gets lost in the shuffle of packing and moving.
- Choose what’s moving with you.
Use the floor plan and measurements from your new assisted living apartment to make a potential layout, determining which of your furniture will fit into your space along with other larger items. Since you’re likely downsizing to a smaller space, decide on a process for sorting through your belongings. Though the idea of downsizing can be daunting, many retirees move into a smaller space and appreciate the scaled-down lifestyle – not to mention no longer cleaning or maintaining a larger home. Plan on enlisting help and allow plenty of time to sort, organize and make decisions about everything you’re bringing to your new residence.
- Give yourself time to let go.
Make sure you allow time and space for the emotions that may come along with this life change. Although not always possible in the case of a sudden move, this is an important step. Making any big change can be overwhelming and you may experience a rollercoaster of emotions along the way. Even if you’re excited about moving into your new community, it can be difficult to move away from a place where you’ve built a lot of memories. Begin by packing items that don’t have as much sentimental value to make it easier to get started.
Although it’s normal to feel a little nervous about the transition to your new place, keep in mind all the benefits you’ll be reaping from the move: chef-prepared meals, new neighbors who’ll quickly become friends, an energizing activity calendar and personalized, supportive care.
- Lay the foundation for a new chapter.
There are a few ways you can get a head start in feeling comfortable at your new assisted living community. Request a time for your sales counselor introduce you to staff and residents or join them for a meal. Ask about resident ambassadors or welcoming committees at your new community – they’re happy to answer your questions, introduce you to other residents and help you start integrating into community life early. You could also look into attending community events ahead of your move to help get acquainted with your future neighbors. By the time you move in, you’ll feel right at home in your new assisted living community.
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Finding the right senior living community and taking the time to plan ahead can make all the difference. There are so many benefits of living at Longleaf – you’ll truly find a more uplifting lifestyle when you make the decision to move in, as well as the reassurance of dedicated care tailored to your individual needs.