If you or an older adult you love will be moving to a senior living community this spring, you may be more than a little fearful about it. Giving up a house you have lived in for many years is never easy. It can be especially difficult if it is the home where you raised a family. We developed this list of the most common concerns we hear from seniors preparing for a move to help address those worries.
Q: How do I downsize all of my belongings?
A: This is often one reason older adults put off moving. Just the idea of downsizing a lifetime of belongings can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are professionals that can help. The National Association of Senior Move Managers maintains a database of professionals to make it easier to find one near you. They also have tips to help you hire a move manager and explain what to expect once you do.
Q: How will I ever learn my way around this new place?
A: We hear this question a lot! Fortunately, you won’t be on your own. Staff and residents of most senior living communities are happy to help new residents orient themselves to new surroundings. At Whetstone Gardens, we also encourage you to join us for activities and life enrichment programs before you move. That will help you begin to get acquainted with fellow residents and the community.
Q: I’m having a hard time getting excited about moving
A: It is easy to understand why this transition can be emotionally difficult. It is important to allow yourself the opportunity to grieve the losses you are experiencing with this transition. At the same time, it is also important to give yourself permission to be excited about this new chapter in your life. With this move, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of life enrichment programs and make new friends.
Q: How can I stay connected to family and friends after moving
A: There are a variety of ways you can enjoy your new life while still staying connected with family and old friends. You are welcome to invite guests to join you for meals or a game of cards, and to encourage them to attend any of our scheduled activities and programs. We also have transportation services available should you need assistance getting to and from events you would like to attend in the community. And don’t overlook the role technology can play! You can keep in touch using video chat services such as Skype and share photos from your new life with friends on social media.
We hope by providing answers to some of seniors’ most common concerns, we can help to relieve the anxiety a late life move creates and make the transition go more smoothly.