Change can be intimidating, there’s no doubt about it! As we age, we get used to regular routines. Familiarity feels safe and is something we don’t feel ready to give up.
According to AARP research, 87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Your home and community are often the hardest things to say goodbye to as you begin to consider your options for a more specialized type of living facility. The good news is that the senior living experience doesn’t have to be as scary as one would imagine! We have some tips to get you ready for a smooth transition into the new and exciting environment of a senior living community!
Tip #1: Remember that this isn’t goodbye.
The transition from living at home to living in a community should not mean you’re closing the door on your old life. Yes, some things will be structured a bit different but not everything must change, and nothing should be forgotten.
A great tip would be to actively keep your memories from your old way of living alive! You can do this by bringing pieces of your old home alongside you for the journey! Although you may be in a new room, you can bring pictures, decorations, and cherished items along to make your new home a place you feel comfortable.
Tip #2: Prepare for and accept a change of pace.
“Without remaining open to change, we cannot remain open to life.” – Ram Dass
Enter this experience with an open mind, an open heart, and the willingness to see it as a new and exciting chapter of your wonderful life! In order for a smooth transition, it is important to be accepting of a new change of pace.
What does it look like to embrace this change? It’s the ability to take risks, put yourself out there, and try new things! Senior living facilities offer an abundance of opportunities like day trips to exciting locations (check out Manors most recent Day Trip to Lake Nockamixon and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Stadium!), activities like bingo and arts and crafts, and even physical activity programs like outdoor walks and chair Zumba! Say “yes” to these opportunities and get to know your new surroundings and meet new people.
Tip #3: Socialize, socialize, socialize!
The staff and other residents are always ready to be a friend during your stay, but eventually, also to become family. By partaking in scheduled activities with your community, you will be able to meet many new faces and lifelong friends. You are all in this together and you can relate to one another because you both know what this process was like for you. So, make sure to reach out when you feel like you need a friend!
We know that family is important too and keeping in touch with them while away is a big part of a smooth transition to senior living. A good way to keep your spirits high is to make time to talk with them, share all the exciting things you are doing, and be honest about how your transition is going. Communities will also often host family events that you can invite your loved ones to and show them around!
Read more about why socializing is important in senior living in our blog Senior Socializing – Social Activity is Vital to Senior Health.
Tip #4: Know your stuff.
Entering senior living with a clear idea of what kind of care you need is a great way to feel more confident about the transition. It feels good knowing that you are well taken care of and that the staff knows exactly the steps to take to meet your needs. This means that you should ask questions and take note of the responses you receive.
The most important piece of knowledge to carry with you in your transition to senior living though is knowing the fact that you are cared for. Entering the experience with peace of mind knowing your needs will be met, and you do not have to worry about making sure you have what you need to be healthy and happy will make it an amazing one.
Tip #5: Keep that chin up!
“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” – Wade Boggs
It can be easy to get yourself down when thinking about the past and what it seems like you are leaving behind. The most important piece of advice to remember throughout this transition period is to maintain a positive attitude.
A smile, saying yes to a new opportunity, encouraging others to as well… it’s all part of the process of making your senior living community a home. Cherish the old memories but begin making new ones.
Manors of the Valley has an array of services that are tailored specifically to meet your needs and ensure a healthy lifestyle within your new home. We provide you with a team of well-trained friendly staff members that are ready to meet your care needs and endless activities that will keep everyday exciting at manors like day trips around The Valley, dog therapy sessions, game nights to keep you on your toes, and social events to help you make strong connections and lasting memories. Families are welcome to join us for any event or activity held at Manors because we know how important it is to have loved ones be a part of this special time. Visit our website to learn more about what Manors of the Valley has to offer https://sauconvalleymanor.com/.