Settling into Your New Community

Whenever the moving is done, and the boxes are unpacked, it’s time to explore this exciting new chapter of senior living. But don’t feel like you have to do it all in one day. In fact, it’s ok if it takes a little while to feel like you've settled in. But there are a few things you can do to speed up the process.



1. Schedule regular visits.
If your loved one is lonely but knows a friend or family member is coming for a visit, they can have something to look forward and encourage them throughout the week. Consider coordinating a visit schedule with friends and family members so your loved one can look forward to regular social engagements. 

2. Fill their fridge with food.
When people move into a new house, people often bring over housewarming gifts, like delicious meals. This is a gesture that can remind your family member that they are still an important part of your life, even though they’ve moved. It can also remove some of the pressure they may feel about eating all their meals in the common room when they first arrive on campus.

3. Help them come up with daily rituals.
Routines give us a sense of comfort and familiarity. Helping your loved one establish daily rituals, like morning coffee by the fireplace, going on a walk before bed, or taking a morning exercise class, can provide them with a more predictable schedule and help them acclimate to community life sooner rather than later.


Further Reading

Knowing what to expect on moving day can help make the transition to senior living easier.

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