As you make the move to a retirement community it can be quite a daunting experience. In order to make the whole process much smoother, we have put together some great tips for your move. The most important thing is to stay positive as you transition into this exciting new stage of your life.
1. Decide on how you will decorate your new place
Ahead of your move into your retirement community, you should have a clear idea of what your room will look like and how large it is. This will help you to decide what you’re going to bring with you. You may have some personal items that you will want to bring with you, so you need to make sure that there is room for them to be displayed or stored at your new home.
You should also ask about the possibility of bringing any furniture with you. By planning ahead, you will be able to ensure that there are no surprises. Making the room your own is an important step to making it feel like home.
2. Think about the positive side of downsizing
Just think about all of the housework that you won’t have to do anymore! By downsizing to a smaller living space you will be able to enjoy a lot more free time. The challenge is what to do with a lot of your possessions. An ideal way to proceed is to go room by room and decide what items you want to take with you and what you are comfortable to hand off to younger generations or even donate.
You should take your time with this process as it can be an emotional one. It is best to involve a family member and have them help you to make some of the decisions that you’re about to. After all, they may have a use for something that you don’t need or want any more.
3. Make it an event
You may want your friends and family to help you pack up your possessions. This will make the process much faster. You can even make it into a fun-filled family event. As you pack up your possessions you may find that there are stories you want to tell and what could be better than having the whole family there to hear them.
4. Take it one day at a time
Moving to a retirement community is going to be an emotional roller coaster. You may find that you are a little overwhelmed at times. The best thing to do is to take a deep breath and remember that you want to make this move. Remind yourself of all of the reasons that you have decided to move to a retirement community.
5. Make a list of everything that you’re excited about
You will have made a visit to the retirement home that you’re going to be moving to and you probably have a few things that you’re looking forward to trying. It might be the delicious sounding menu, or maybe some of the activities that they have planned throughout each week.
No matter what it is that you are looking forward to, you should write out a list so that you can look at it any time you have doubts or feel even a little apprehensive about the move.
6. Make the most of it
When you arrive in the retirement community you should be ready to get out there and meet people and take part in the activities. Getting involved in the community will help you to feel more comfortable in your new home in no time.