13 Sep 2019

5 Ways to Ensure an Easy Transition to a Retirement Home

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5 Ways to Ensure an Easy Transition to a Retirement Home

Are you considering moving into a retirement home? Many boomers like yourself are finding more benefits to downsizing and transitioning into a community of other like-minded retirees. If you’re interested but still feel a little apprehensive about making the move, here are some simple steps to take that can help you have an easy transition to a retirement home. 

Make Time to Reminisce

The transition phase between leaving the family home and moving into a retirement home can be quite stressful at first. Knowing that you’ll have to part with many of your cherished possessions and leave your familiar comforts is never easy. However, you can make it less stressful by making carving out some time to reminisce when packing up your keepsakes. It’s also a good time to remind yourself that you’re not leaving behind the memories, you’re just starting a new chapter where you’ll be able to create some new ones.

Update Your Contacts

The moving process can be a little hectic at times, which is why it’s common to forget to notify friends, neighbours, and service providers about the move.  To ensure you don’t lose touch with your contacts, set aside some time to visit, call, and or write them. Also, notifying any service providers should be done prior to your moving date, and any new services should be set up and activated before you arrive. You can ask the management of the retirement home for details on those services that should be initiated.

Create a Familiar Environment

You can feel more at ease by recreating your new space just like it was before. Include your favourite pictures, books, candles, furniture, and any special touches that will make it comfortable and feel like home.

Ask for the Schedule of Activities 

Social engagement is important to keep your mind and body active. Fortunately, retirement homes usually offer a variety of social activities to get residents involved and engaged with others. By attending some of these activities, you’ll get the chance to meet new people and join in on a little fun. 

Hire Staff to Make the Process Easier

If you have an underlying condition or need assistance transitioning to your new home, you can hire a private nurse to help. Having the right caregiver can give you the confidence and comfort you need while allowing you to enjoy a better moving process and quality of living. Retirement home care can give you the attention and assistance you need when you need it!

If you or a loved one is moving into a retirement home and more personalized care is needed, contact us at C-Care.  Our retirement and home caregivers can provide a range of services including reading, letter writing, and correspondence, transportation services to outside appointments and shopping, assistance with personal care, wound care, and more. We also can attend to your needs as often or as little as required. To learn about our services and what we can offer you, reach out today.

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