Prepare for Your New Chapter
The time is finally here! You are about to start an exciting new chapter in your life. It’s okay if you don’t feel ready just yet. Adjustments take time, and moving to a senior living community is no different. It can be hard at first, but after you settle into your spacious room with all of your belongings, it’ll begin to feel like home right away. To make the process easier, we’ve provided a few tips that will help you feel ready for this next step.
Say goodbye to your current home
You’ve spent a lot of time in your home creating memories. Before you leave, spend a day or evening enjoying your home in your favorite way. For some it may be asking family to give you a night alone to sit in your favorite chair and watch your favorite TV show. For others it may mean having family and friends in for dinner, or enjoying a garden or deck. It’s important to remember and appreciate the time you spent there, but to also begin looking forward to the memories you’ll be making in your new home.
Be mindful of emotional traps
Any type of change, whether it’s moving to a new house or a new city, can stir up emotions. For many people, it’s a regular part of the moving process. Be open to these emotions and let yourself experience them. But also be aware of the motivation behind these feelings. Your negative emotions might be trigged by unfounded fears.
Fear can often be a trap that can hold you back from fully experiencing life, and many times, that fear isn’t based on a fact or proven truth. The truth is that many seniors prefer living in a senior living community than living alone, and they are glad they made the move. If you find yourself getting nervous about the upcoming move, list the positive aspects of this change: no more cooking, the security of having assistance, new friends, and interesting activities to explore. Try to focus on everything you’ll be gaining when you go to the community, as opposed to what you think you might be losing.
Get familiar with your new surroundings as soon as possible
This new living space may feel unknown and strange when you first move in. But it’s only because you aren’t used to it yet. The more you start getting to know the community, the more at home you’ll begin to feel. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the daily routines, availability of services, and layout of your new apartment. And seek out answers to some of your questions. Some good questions to ask would be: How will you get to the dining room from your apartment? What common spaces are available for you to enjoy time with family and friends? What kinds of things are on the community calendar that may be of interest to you? How will you arrange your furniture in your new space? Is there a resident who can answer some questions about community life?
Investing time and energy into the emotional part of the senior living journey will reap rewards. Brookdale is committed to bringing new life to senior living and we look forward to saying, “Welcome Home.”