We understand that moving from a home to a retirement community is not always easy. While you may know it to be the right step forward, there's often a host of reasons that make moving into a retirement community feel otherwise.
Moving, in general, is stressful and overwhelming and furthermore, the marker of transitioning into a new stage of life can be a formidable adjustment. We recognize that after an especially stressful and isolating year moving may be a challenge. That is why with all life’s changes, a move into a retirement community might give you peace of mind. As your needs change, communities like Village Green can come alongside you to ensure future transitions are less significant and taxing. It is our job to make transitions as seamless as possible. Here are a few tips for moving that we’ve observed over the years that might help you ease into your new home.
Village Green strives to make any move into retirement as easy as possible. Despite all the logistical elements of a move, the most difficult aspect of any move is the newness and not being familiar with the community. Our staff are experts in assisting with this process. New community members and their families will receive personalized assistance from our staff as it relates to navigating the property, settling into their new routines, and organizing any health needs. We see all residents as family and have created a community culture that does the same. All questions you have will be answered and adjustments can be made as quickly or as slowly as the resident needs. We are experts in assisting with this process, as we have helped hundreds of families adjust to our community and we will be there with you every step of the way.
When Should You Move Into A Retirement Community?
When deciding when to move into a retirement community it is important to remember that there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer. However as time passes it slowly becomes apparent that you or your loved one needs more support for their daily activities, requires constant reminders to take their medications, and/or has trouble remembering important information. As these small indicators continue to become more noticeable, so does the realization of the need to move to a place where you or they can get more support.
Other times if a parent is living on their own, they may grow lonely. Visits from family and friends can happen with only so much frequency. We know that a retirement community naturally provides people to talk to and spend time with. If you frequently experience feelings of sadness, it may be due to a form of depression connected with isolation and loneliness. Moving into a retirement community is often the best solution.
Many of our residents decide to move because they are ready for a change and want to better their surroundings. They know at a retirement community they can be around people their own age and who were on a similar schedule. We have found that while there isn't a single answer as to when specifically it's time to make the move, there is typically a realization that it is simply the right time.
How Do You Transition Into Assisted Living?
Moving from any home to another takes some adjustment. The longer you've lived in one place the harder it can be to leave it. This is especially true if there are important memories attached to the home. Emotionally vested individuals can struggle with moving away from their home, which is why it is essential to help smooth the transition into the retirement community.
In our experience, it is a good idea to visit the community numerous times, to become better acquainted with the new location prior to making the move. Getting slowly familiar with a new environment and knowing where everything is, will make the overall move much easier. In certain instances, when it is for the betterment of a person's immediate health needs, this might not be possible, but in general, it will make for a smooth transition if you can become familiar with the location prior to the move.
We recommend stopping by and walking around the property more than once, to have some overlap with moving into the new location and moving out of the old one. That way, you can bring what you'd like with you over a period of time. Whether it is photographs, a favorite lamp, different items of furniture, or anything else. And if you have some overlap, and you can slowly integrate more of your daily activities over to the assisted living facility, getting to know the staff and other residents so you will have some friendly faces even before you fully settle into your new home.
We know that everyone adapts differently, and our staff at Village Green can work directly with you and your family to help make your specific transition as smooth as possible. Our staff here will provide moving ideas and other assisted living tips to help ensure everyone gets the most out of the move and that it is an overall straightforward and even enjoyable process. Once you get settled in, we have found our residents appreciate being around other people who have similar interests and life experiences. We know it will only be a matter of time before you begin to enjoy your new surroundings and all the benefits that come with them.
How do I prepare myself for assisted living?
The biggest thing you can do to prepare yourself for assisted living is to begin the mental process of the move. This is really your most difficult task. Many of your daily activities won't change after moving. From waking up to having your morning walk or a cup of coffee, all of this is the same. It's truly mentally deconstructing the move and being okay with it.
Trust us, it's not only okay to be emotional, it is normal! If you need to cry at times that is perfectly fine. Many of us at all stages of our lives have cried when moving away. Grieving even small changes and giving yourself space to say goodbye to your old life can help you to be more open to adjusting to your new life as the time comes. You probably cried the first time your kids moved out of the house or felt emotionally overwhelmed the first time you met your grandkids. Crying is part of life, as are other emotions. And we’ve seen the benefits of a good cry and advise you to not bottle up your emotions.
Look over everything your new location has to offer you. Get excited about the different activities, trips, and all the exciting opportunities available in your new environment (especially in connecting with others). And learn to embrace the environment you are now in, focusing your mind on what is to come and all you have to be grateful for both from the past and in this present moment. When you do that, you will absolutely get the most out of your move.
We're Here To Help
Here at Village Green we understand the move can sometimes be difficult, and yet it can be exciting at the same time. We are committed to making your move into our community as easy as possible. Just know that your mix of emotions is normal and our staff is here to help you make this next season of life a fulfilling experience, so you enjoy every minute of it. This period of time has heightened the concern for the overall health of retirement communities (and rightly so); Village Green has and will continue to make that a focus for all staff and residents both now and in the future. Village Green is a safe and caring environment that welcomes all residents so that you or your loved one do not have to worry about much, except for the emotional adjustments needed for any larger life change. And, if you'd like additional best tips for adjusting to retirement, let us know. We'll work with you on any and all specifics just for you and your family.