Change is and will never be easy, and this goes to moving into an independent living community as well. For your loved ones, transitioning to independent living can be incredibly overwhelming and intimidating, so it’s crucial that you’re constantly by their side to lend emotional support. As this is a new phase in their lives, it’s inevitable to feel anxious and uneasy, but these feelings can be alleviated in a number of ways. In this article, we address some tips and tricks to enable your loved ones to make a smooth transition to independent living.
It Doesn’t Hurt to Downsize Early
Typically, your loved ones will move to a smaller apartment in an independent living community compared to their previous home. This means they will have to let go of a few items and bring with them only what they need during the move. Many older adults struggle with letting go as they have formed a sentimental connection with those items, which is why it’s good to plan early and break the process down. This provides an opportunity for your loved ones to prepare for what’s to come and have more time to accept the move. At the end of the day, remember that they’re adults, so you should talk to them as such and treat all their items with respect.
Make the Living Space Feel Homely
While our apartments are fully furnished, you and your loved ones are encouraged to add a personalized touch by adding decorative objects and moving the furniture. A new living space doesn’t mean that everything must be unfamiliar. If possible, you can try to mimic your loved ones’ previous living space and arrange the objects in a recognizable fashion. This is so that your loved ones will feel immediately welcomed and not be too intimidated by their new residence.
Make an Effort to Schedule Family Visits
You know what they say: family is where the heart is. Even though your loved ones will be surrounded by caring staff members, neighbors, and other residents in our independent living community, nothing beats the comfort and love from their own family members. Weekly family visits allow your loved ones to feel more at ease and have more peace of mind, especially during the first few months of living alone. We understand that you and your family members may have responsibilities to attend to, but you should make an effort to schedule family visits at least once a month.
Encourage Your Loved Ones to Be Involved in Community Events
Here at Aston Gardens At Sun City Center, we encourage our residents to take part in activities and events in order for them to mingle around and form closer relationships. This is particularly important for loved ones who have just moved in as they can meet new people and introduce themselves to the community. If your loved ones are unwilling to participate in these events, do try to persuade them by listing the benefits, and assuring them that these activities are fun and engaging.