Easing the Move to Retirement Living
Deciding to move to a retirement community can be overwhelming. If you're about to downsize your life by taking this step, following these tips can make the transition easier:
- Know where you're going. When choosing a facility, visit beforehand if possible to talk with residents and staff members. Check out the type of room or apartments, and collect brochures and other materials about the facility so you can learn more about it before making a decision.
- Start packing early. Since your new home may be smaller, you'll need to choose which belongings will come with you. Bring items that will make your new home comfortable and familiar, such as photo albums and keepsakes. Consider bringing a cherished piece of furniture, such as a favorite chair.
- Hold on to some "just-in-case" items. If you aren't sure whether to part with certain belongings or bring them, tuck them in storage or ask your family to hold on to them. That way, if you still want them later, they'll be available.
After you move into a facility, put "making friends" at the top of your to-do list. Becoming active as soon as you arrive can help you feel happier with your new home. Talk with your new neighbors and make a point to join in the social activities.