Just like when you’re moving into any home, there are a lot of things to consider. You have to make tons of preparations and make different decisions on where you want to live, what to do when you’re in the process of moving, and what to do once you’ve moved. Here is a full guide on everything you need to know when moving to your senior home.
Choosing your new home
Before you move into your new home, there are a few things you need to take into consideration first. Here are some things you should think about when choosing your new home:
- The future
When choosing a new home, much like any home. You shouldn’t only think about your present needs. Think about the future and what you will be needing, say, five to 15 years from now. Ask yourself if the place you plan to move into has everything to prepare you for the future. It’s a given that as you age, you will face a few challenges when it comes to mobility.
So, ask yourself, is it safe enough? Do they have good accessibility in case you have trouble walking in the future? Is a single bedroom studio type home the one that suits you more? Or will you need more space for visitors in the future? Do you want a two-story home, or will a wider one-story home be more practical?
- The costs
You must think about the costs of each home. Compare the size as well as the amenities in each community. Which of these will provide you the best care, amenities, safety, and overall satisfaction for the best price?
- The neighbors
You’ll want to take into consideration the people you will be living next to. You will be interacting with your neighbors a lot. Most senior communities hold activities for the residents. So, you’ll want to make sure that the people you’ll be encountering for the next few years are your speed. Maybe it’s best if you pick a community that shares the same beliefs or culture as you. Do you want to live in a socially active community or one that is quieter? Also, take into consideration the kinds of activities that the community has. Do they interest you? Do they offer classes that you’d like to try?
- The food
At first, you might not think food is a big deal. But do you really want to live in a place that serves bad food for the next 15 years or so? If you’re picky about your food, of course, you’d want to take a look at what their menu has. Maybe you have certain food preferences. Are you vegan or vegetarian? Does the food look good? Is it good for your health?
- The location
Of course, location is the most important part. Do you want to live somewhere near to your family? If you have grandkids, you most probably will. You should also take into consideration if you want to live near the city or if you want to live in a more rural area, near the mountains? Will your new home be located near public transport or near any malls you’d like to go to? And of course, the safety of the location as well. Is it open to the public, or is it a gated community?
In the process of moving
Once you’ve answered all these questions and found the right home for you, it’s time for you to move. Here’s a list of things you’ll want to do after you’ve picked a new home:
- Notify everyone that needs to be notified about the move. That means friends, family, and doctors.
- Find a moving service and make travel arrangements.
- Downsize and plan which things you’ll be bringing to your new home and how you’ll arrange it.
- Sell, donate, or throw away the things that you don’t plan to bring with you.
- Schedule when the move will be.
- Update your mailing address.
When the day of your move comes, all you’ll have to worry about is setting everything up. This part can be stressful but try not to be stressed. Ask some family members to help you move your things. And if there are any decorating to do, try to ask for some help as well. Much of the moving process happens before you move. Moving in is the easy part, but it can be difficult to settle down, especially when you start feeling a little sentimental about your old home. Just try to remember that although you’ll be missing your old home, that this new home is a great new start.