Moving from any home into another is always stressful, even under the best of circumstances. But moving to senior living communities can stir up stresses and feelings of grief that wouldn’t necessarily be a part of a normal move. If you’ve found yourself at the age when senior living communities have become a necessity, you’re likely feeling a wide range of emotions. Understandably, making the decision is hardly a simple one, as you’ll be having to leave many things that have been a part of your daily life behind. Unfortunately, many people associate senior living communities with losing freedom and independence, and the idea of having that part of your identity taken away can leave you feeling extremely vulnerable in ways that you’ve never been.
These are feelings that are hardly unusual. But they’re also ones that need to be addressed so that any decision you’ve made to make the move into one of the assisted living homes in your area can be an easier one. Share your thoughts, your doubts, and your emotions with people you trust; and talk to the staff at the assisted living facility you’ve chosen. Voicing your concerns will help you feel more in control of the changes you’re facing. And when it’s time to make the move, you’ll feel much more at ease about your new phase in life.
Making Moves to Ease Your Change
As you prepare mentally and emotionally for the change, there are a few things that can help you move forward, including:
- Start packing early. You’ll give yourself enough time to decide what’s important enough to take with you to your new home and feel as though you’re not being rushed.
- Do your own research. Familiarize yourself with your new home so that you feel comfortable with the staff and its services.
- Get out there! Meet the people in your new community and be an active participant in the activities they offer. You’ll feel more like a part of things and start to feel as though you belong there.
- Remember that you’re adjusting to a big change, so allow yourself to work through the feelings your having.
Moving into a new place in your life can be a great thing! Consult with the friendly, knowledgeable team at Watermark of Gulf Breeze today!