6 Secrets to a Successful Transition to Senior Independent Living

When you’re ready to take a leap to independent living, the best plan is to make a plan. Even when you’ve made up your mind and you’re ready to start your next chapter, the actual transition can drudge up some unexpected emotions.

It’s normal to feel anxiety or even regret leading up to your move-in date, but, like so many other big decisions, sometimes the answer is to take a step back, take a deep breath and reflect. Your best chapter in life begins here.

Whether you’re planning a move or just starting to consider senior living, try keeping these tips in mind to ease the transition:

1. Visit your new community as often as you need

When starting your search, we recommend touring a few senior living communities to get a feel for your options. It won’t take long to know you’ve found exactly what you’re looking for but — consider whether one tour is enough. After all, you’re not just renting an apartment, you’re choosing a lifestyle.

  • Our tip: Attending an event is a great way to meet future neighbors and get an inside look at day to day life at your community!

2. Make a moving plan

Moving is considered a monumental life event, so it’s no wonder we’ll go to almost any lengths to avoid it. Instead of procrastinating, start strategizing. Consider what time of year is best to start moving, and plan to start downsizing and packing about three months in advance.

  • Our tip: Get floor plans and measure your new space and work with a designer or move planner to decide what to take and what you’ll need to buy new.

3. Personalize your apartment to be uniquely yours

Life in independent living is less like starting over and more like “starting easier” – even if you plan on downsizing before moving, why not bring your own style and personality to your senior apartment? Independent living apartments are a blank canvas, but you’re armed with a lifetime supply of beautiful décor and memories to bring your home to life.

  • Our tip: Consult with your retirement community’s onsite interior designer to bring your vision to life!

4. Be a social butterfly and enjoy onsite amenities

One of the biggest reasons for choosing independent living is the community. During the first few weeks, start exploring your community and introducing yourself to new neighbors. Keep an eye on social calendars and join events and clubs that spark your interests.

  • Our tip: Mealtime is a great time to spark conversations. Head to the restaurant-style dining room to meet new people or recreate a recipe from a recent culinary demo with friends

5. Take time to explore nearby destinations

Consider local museums, theatres and gardens to explore around your senior living community. You can attend events at local colleges and community centers or spend time volunteering. If you don’t have a car, you can still use complimentary transportation through your senior community to get to local points of interest.

6. Invite your loved ones to enjoy your luxurious life

Your friends and family are adjusting to your move, too. Whether you’ve stayed local or there’s new distance, invite guests to your new home and attend an event together. Strong relationships are important for all seniors and family can play a major role in our physical and emotional health over time.