Choosing to make the move to an independent living facility can be one of the most empowering decisions for adults nearing or entering retirement. Moving to an age-friendly community can relieve every day stresses while making it easy to enjoy your independence. Learn more about adjusting to the move below!
First things first, it’s important to acknowledge that any move is a transition and can feel a little overwhelming, no matter how prepared you may be. Often, when people are considering making the move to an independent living facility, there are a variety of factors that inform their decision. Whether there has been a professional or personal change, or someone simply wants to consolidate their space for simplicity, relocating has many perks. A few benefits of independent living facilities include:
- Convenience: No more having to worry about upkeep and yard work!
- Social opportunities: With a lively community just steps away, you’ll never have to worry about staying active and engaged.
- Security and safety: At St. Andrew’s we ensure our residents are safe with overnight and weekend security, sophisticated fire alarm systems, and more.
How Prepare For Your Move
While moving can feel like a challenge, the good news is, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. By following the tips below, you can settle into your new home in no time!
One of the best ways to minimize the stress of your move is to start planning in advance. Depending on the size of your current residence, you may need to consider downsizing some of your current belongings (most people actually find this quite cathartic!). Making a list of what you need to keep and what you’ll need to part with can making the moving process much easier.
Keep the Sentimental Things
As much as you’ll want to pair down on the non-essentials, an important part of making your new residence feel like home is the ability to bring along special items that hold plenty of memories. Photographs, art, and keepsakes will help alleviate some of the initial ‘foreignness’ of your new space!
Embrace the Unexpected
Even the best laid plans will miss a few details here and there. Embracing a mindset of openness and welcoming change will make your transition far more enjoyable and help keep things positive, even if you encounter the odd hiccup here or there.
Regardless of where you live, community plays an integral part in helping us feel like we belong. While it can feel a little daunting to join a new “neighbourhood”, you’ll quickly find that many of your fellow residents are incredibly friendly and outgoing. At St. Andrew’s we offer a wide range of social activities for the members of our community to enjoy, making it easy to meet new people and find a routine that works best for you.
Ready to make the move? Let us help.
Contact the team at St. Andrew’s Centre to learn more about our facilities or book a tour today!