When you move to a new place, no matter what age you are, it can be daunting. When you move into an independent living community, sometimes it can be emotionally overwhelming as well. So, what can you expect during your first week of your move? Below are some thoughts on this and what you might feel or need to address:
- You’re going to be emotional: You’ve just moved your whole life into a new place to start over. Don’t worry if you find yourself getting emotional at times. You’re trying to find your way in the new environment of the independent living community and trying to figure out where you’re going to fit in. Things are going to feel a bit strange at first but, giving it a chance, you’ll fit in.
- If there’s an orientation program, take it: If the community offers an orientation program, take it because you’ll find yourself adjusting easier. You’ll be shown where all the amenities are and be introduced to other seniors with similar interests too.
- Realize that the staff is there to help you: If you’re not used to asking for help, it may take some getting used to. The staff is there to answer any questions you may have or help with any problems which may come up though. Some communities also have meetings between the new resident and the staff so that the staff can explain just what it’s role is going to be in life of the residents.
- Don’t be overwhelmed: You’re in a new community and, hopefully, experiencing a new way of life that will actually help you to enjoy yourself even more. You will find that you have more choices and as much independence as you did living in your home. So, if bad weather shows up, a plowing and snow removal service shows up at your door now. If the weather makes traveling risky, then the independent living community can plan extra fun activities to help chase away the winter blues. Some even provide their own transportation options for trips to town.
Making the move to an independent living community may be just the change you need in your life.