Elizabeth Meyer | Nov 10, 2015
We know deciding to transition to a senior living community is a big step. As you consider your community, select your floor plan, and gain the support of your loved ones, keep in mind the physical move. There is a lot that accompanies this step, including downsizing the contents of your current home. We’ve compiled some tips for you to help during this seemingly momentous and often overwhelming task.
The average American moves 11 times in their lifetime. Maybe you fall into that category, or perhaps the home you’re in now is only your second or third in all of your life. When you consider how many decades’ worth of memories and experience you’ve had, the amount of things you’ve collected is directly proportionate. You might have closets, attics, basements, and garages filled with years of items, accumulations, and collections. Downsizing before you transition to your new senior living community is necessary so you have time to decide what happens to your belongings.
Carefully choose what to take with you, what to donate, what to throw, what to sell, and what to pass down to your family. And, enlist help. The task will simply be too much for one or two people to handle on their own. Ask a family member or friend to organize a cleaning and sorting weekend or two. Split your home and property into smaller sections so it’s not as overwhelming. Take time to enjoy the process … that’s right. You can enjoy it. Your nostalgia and memories will definitely be present as you open doors and boxes and corners of your home previously untouched. Take your time processing what this means to you. There’s no rush, and there’s no one else who will appreciate the endearing sentiment quite as much as you will.
Here are some things to think about during pre-move planning:
Walker Methodist plays a very important role in this step. We’re tireless in our efforts to ensure you’re adjusting well, feel at home, and are comfortable in your new surroundings. We’ll have staff members meet with you and your family, host a new resident orientation, and take extra time to make sure you’re acquainted to both people and the community. One of our values is collaboration – this is where we shine. Wait until you meet your new neighbors; you’re going to feel so loved!