With aging comes a monumental decision to make – downsizing or moving to a smaller, more appropriate space like a senior living community. You want your priorities to be aligned with your lifestyle, be it family, friends, hobbies, interests, and travel. You may look forward to a more practical living space with a wider range of amenities and services, as well as the peace of mind that comes with professional and personalized care services. If the concept of leading a relaxing and hassle-free lifestyle is appealing, here are some tips for aged adults that will help you make downsizing and the move to independent or assisted living much easier.
Know Your Future Space
After you have found a suite or apartment in a senior living community of your choosing, you can make any downsizing arrangements based on the layout and size. Refer to the floor plan, which is provided by many communities, allowing you to plan the furniture layout while deciding what to keep. Take note of specific amenities available, especially if you are downsizing to an apartment within a community. Consider whether you will need to bring some items to your new space. Will you require as much kitchen equipment if you plan to frequently have meals in the dining room? Is there an aged adult-friendly fitness center with all the equipment you could possibly need? These are just some of the considerations you need to have in mind.
Categorize and Organize
Begin the process of going through your stuff using your floor plan and the knowledge you have of the community you’ll be relocating to. When organizing, take it slow and sort stuff into the following categories: Sell, Toss/Recycle, Keep, Donate and Hand Down. For example, special items can be handed down to a family member or loved one, or you can donate items and make the day of a charity or someone in need.
Even if you employ a professional mover, there is a lot to consider while downsizing. You may require help with duties like contract review, fee negotiation, and site visits. You can also turn to your new senior living community; they may have a move-in coordinator who can assist you. There are also programs designed particularly to assist older individuals in downsizing, so you may seek assistance if the process is too physically or emotionally draining on you. The right support can go a long way in making this transition a pleasant one.
The journey is meant to be savored. Take time to reflect on the wonderful memories and don’t forget to take keepsakes and photographs along with you. Concentrate on what you’re getting rather than what you’re losing. Change is always difficult, but think about how your life will improve as a result of these adjustments. Instead of working, cleaning, or trying to get things in order, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your retirement in the company of friends and family.
Embark on Your New Journey with Veranda Club
If you or your loved one are looking to make the move to senior living, contact our team at Veranda Club, and we will be more than happy to assist, schedule a tour and answer any questions you may have about the living options, programs, and more.