Change can be hard, especially when moving to an unfamiliar place. Here are a few tips to ease the process and make you more comfortable in your new home.
Transitions can be hard and stressful when you are on your own. Whether it be your family or movers that you’ve hired, it is always nice to have help. Downsizing an entire house or apartment, along with fitting all of your belongings into an assisted living home, is a challenging task. Support from others eases the process.
Visit Before You Move
It is always good to know what you are getting yourself into in order to reduce stress and anxiety about the move. Familiarity with the facility, people, schedule, and overall environment can be extremely beneficial. Making sure that a facility can tend to all of your needs is important before committing to the move. It is also important that family members or friends are familiar with the space and schedule as well in order to be able to tend to the person’s needs. Familiarity with the schedule of an assisted living facility allows family and friends to visit more frequently and regularly.
Personalize Your Space
Streamside wants to make you feel as comfortable and at home as possible. By personalizing your space, it can feel homier, so decorate! Personalizing your space for special occasions, holidays, or just every day provides a comforting feeling within your space. Personalizing a home allows for comfort and independence within the facility.
Make Informed Decisions
Much of the difficulty in moving to an assisted living facility is the feeling that you are losing a sense of independence. It is important to keep similar routines and make similar decisions to those you would make at home. For some, this may be including family in all decisions about the care you are receiving or running it by another person. Before moving, it may be helpful to look at their website, talk to current residents or staff, and get all the information. This may include drawing up a blueprint of the room that you will be living in and using cut-outs to represent furniture and “decorate.” It also helps you know what to include when downsizing for the move.
When visiting the assisted living facility, find activities and events that are available to residents. Being involved in your community eases the transition and can make you feel more comfortable and welcomed. This could be as simple as finding puzzles, board games, or a group of individuals to have a weekly book club with or as complex as what permanent facilities are offered, such as a pool or gym. Activities and events such as these occupy the mind and create a distraction from the overwhelming feeling of moving. This also helps to establish a comfortable routine.
At Streamside Assisted Living in Boise, Idaho, it is our goal to provide residents with a comfortable environment and excellent living conditions. Contact us if you have any questions about moving into our facility!