Whenever anyone uproots themselves and moves into a new home, they can experience a wave of different emotions. Fear, anxiety, excitement, hope – all of these feelings and more can rise to the surface as you start a new life in fresh surroundings.
For an older adult moving from a life of independence into senior or assisted living communities, experiencing an added layer of emotions is common. In many cases, newcomers to senior living communities have lived in the same home for decades. After all that time in the security of familiar surroundings, they're not sure what to expect when transitioning into a new way of life.
If you're about to move to a senior living community, here are 11 things to expect once you arrive:
1. An inviting living space just for you
Once you move into your new home, you're free to make it your own. Depending on the size of your unit, you can bring several pieces of your favorite furniture, such as an easy chair, sofa, end tables, nightstand, lamps, and more. Add a level of comfort by decorating with such treasured items as pictures, keepsakes, art, clocks, and flowers. Remember: this may be a new home, but it's yours. Make it as warm and relaxing as you like.
2. A warm welcome from the staff
Many senior living communities have welcome ambassadors who are on-hand to answer your questions, show you around, and introduce you to people. Their role is to make your transition as smooth and comfortable as possible as you settle into your new lifestyle.
3. New friendships with staff and residents
New lifestyles always bring the opportunity to create new relationships. You'll be interacting with the community staff and residents on a daily basis, so building positive relationships with them will help you feel more at home over the long term. Getting to know the staff is vital, as the better they know you, the more they'll be able to anticipate and support your needs.
4. More free time
Living in a senior community means allowing you to live independently – possibly even more so than before! Many communities offer services that help with everyday tasks such as home maintenance, transportation, meal preparation, and housekeeping. This added freedom will give you more time to explore the neighborhood, participate in social activities, and just focus on enjoying a happy and healthy retirement.
5. Fun social activities
There's never a reason to be bored in a senior community! There's always something fun and exciting going on to please almost every interest and ability. Many communities offer regularly scheduled events such as movie nights, theme or holiday parties, and bus trips to the theatre or shopping mall. Participating in these activities will help keep you happy and engaged.
6. Physical fitness activities
As we age, it's crucial to stay physically active to stay healthy and vibrant. Try out a fitness class such as yoga, Tai Chi, or cardio in the community gym or activity space. Some communities offer larger, more complete gyms and pools but this is not the norm here in Cincinnati. Most communities focus on exercise using an all-abilities approach, so no one is ever left out.
7. Lifelong learning opportunities
Have you always wanted to learn something new but never had the time? Or maybe you have an interest that you want to continue nurturing. Senior living communities provide opportunities for residents to stay mentally stimulated through art and music classes, guest speakers, book clubs, and discussion groups. Who knows – you might discover a hidden talent or passion you never knew you had!
8. Sumptuous food options
Senior community menus are a far cry from the bland stereotypes many people have. In fact, you can expect a diverse selection of healthy, delicious food with the flexibility to substitute options. You can also opt to share meals with friends in a comfortable dining room or have food delivered to your residence if you prefer a quiet night at home. Remember, mealtime is where a lot of social connection happens.
9. Assistance with medical care
Senior living communities offer a wide range of medical services and therapies that provide support for nearly every healthcare need on a daily basis. Emergency care is usually also available 24/7. Flexible medication management plans allow residents to self-administer medications or take them with the help of a qualified staff member.
10. Safety and security
Senior living communities take resident safety seriously. Most will have emergency response plans in place in the event of a dangerous situation. Many also have security protocols to ensure that every senior is accounted for and hasn't wandered off. You may also find many safety features, such as emergency alert buttons, pull cords, and grab bars installed in your home.
11. Fresh new beginnings
Perhaps, most importantly, you'll discover that once you settle into your new community, you'll find new possibilities and a fresh outlook on life. You'll approach your new beginnings with zeal and immerse yourself in your refreshed lifestyle, knowing that the little details are taken care of for you by the community staff. Once you get there, you might wonder what took you so long!
Naturally, the chances of settling successfully into a senior living facility depend on being matched with a community that meets your needs, wishes, and lifestyle preferences. With all the options available today, how can you and your family be sure of making an informed decision?
Get help with finding senior living in the Greater Cincinnati Area
When you're ready to explore living in a seniors community, call Assisted Living Locators. We specialize in matching seniors just like you with senior living communities that perfectly align with their living requirements.
We start by taking a complete account of what you envision as your dream community, research the best-fit communities, and accompany you on interviews and site visits. Our team is in your corner every step of the way, ensuring that all your questions are answered. We'll also provide you with all the information you need to make the most informed decision possible.
We're not satisfied until we find you a community where you'll enjoy your vintage years to their maximum potential. Contact Assisted Living Locators to start seeing your senior living community dreams come to life today!