Making the move to a senior living community can be overwhelming. A lot is changing at once, and you might be concerned about feeling at home, fitting in, or a myriad of other things. If you are helping a loved one settle in, you might be worried about making sure they are happy and well cared for. Here are a few tips to help you or your loved one feel at home in a senior community.
Having questions, reservations, or stress about the transition is all normal. Whether it's dealing with last-minute downsizing logistics or a fear of being isolated from loved ones, it's OK to talk about your concerns. Don't downplay any part of your or your loved one’s transition. Talk it out and ask for help if needed, or reach out to the community's staff. Here is a quick list of the most common concerns seniors struggle with when moving into a new community. Give them a look over to address any problems before they become overwhelming!
Get To Know the Staff
The staff are focused on providing solutions, care, and a life-improving community. They are your first point of contact and are here to help you or your loved one settle in. The more comfortable you feel with the staff, the easier the transition will be. Make it a point to meet the staff, ask questions, address problems, and understand their role in you or your loved one’s daily routine.
Careage communities offer a jam-packed events calendar – outings, happy hours, fitness classes, arts and crafts, and more. The best way to settle in is to jump right into what's going on! Getting to know your neighbors is a great way to feel at home. Make new friends, have a good time, and you'll quickly get comfortable.
Try New Things
One additional tip when taking a look at our event calendars is to try out new activities. You might discover new passions or meet your new best friend. You just never know. If you're helping a loved one transition, motivate them to have an open mind and get out there.
Give it Time
Transitioning into a senior living community is a big life change. It's OK if it takes time to feel at home, so don't become discouraged if it doesn't automatically "click." Have patience, and reach out to the staff and loved ones as needed.
If you're still looking for the right fit, take a look at Careage communities nearby.