Enjoy More Of What You Love at Silver Creek
Once you’ve made the decision to move yourself or a loved one to an assisted living community, it’s time to start planning the move. With some basic preparation, you can minimize stress and make for a smooth transition to your new home.
The following list can help you proceed with confidence as you get ready to move, allowing you to settle in and start enjoying your carefree retirement lifestyle as soon as possible.
- Create a timeline and a written plan.
Starting with your move-in date, work backwards to make a timeline for everything that needs to be done. Decide how much time to allocate for each task. It’s helpful to use a binder to store all the important information for your move, including notes, to-do lists and deadlines. You can also store important papers, contact information and receipts in your binder so that nothing gets lost in the shuffle of packing and moving.
- Decide what’s moving with you.
Start with the floor plan and measurements from your new assisted living apartment in order to determine which larger items will fit into your space. If there’s a size difference between your residences, you may need to downsize. We understand it’s not always easy to downsize your belongings; however, many retirees move into a smaller space and appreciate not having to clean or maintain a larger home. Be sure to enlist help and allow plenty of time to sort, organize and make decisions about everything you’re bringing to your new residence.
- Allow time to let go.
Unless circumstances require you to move in a hurry, make sure you give yourself enough time to process this life change. Even when you’re excited about the move, you may experience a rollercoaster of emotions along the way. Making any big change can be difficult, including moving away from a place where you’ve built a lot of memories. If you begin by packing items that don’t have sentimental value, it may be easier to get started. It’s normal to feel a little nervous about the transition to your new place but remind yourself of the benefits you’ll be reaping from the move: chef-prepared meals, opportunities to socialize with friends and make new ones, a vibrant activity calendar to keep you moving and the reassurance of high-quality care if needed.
- Pave the way for a new chapter.
You can get a head start in feeling comfortable at your new assisted living community in a few simple ways. Ask your sales counselor to introduce you to staff and residents or join them for a meal. Some communities have resident ambassadors or welcoming committees who can answer your questions, introduce you to other residents and help you start integrating into community life early. You may also be able attend any community events leading up to your move so you can get acquainted with your future neighbors. All this can help you feel more comfortable in your new home by the time you move in.
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Silver Creek – An Innovative Retirement Community
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 Silver Creek – you’ll truly upgrade your lifestyle when you make the decision to move in. With access to on-site assisted living, memory care, and other therapeutic and support services, you never have to worry about who to turn to for short- or long-term health care – and you’ll have more time for those who matter most.