7 Tips to Know When You’re Moving to Senior Living

For those seeking an active retirement, a transition to independent living is an exciting life change. No matter how thrilled about a move you may be, however, we understand the process can be stressful at times. With careful planning and consideration, the move can be made simple and can become a positive and enriching experience. To help you get started, we’ll share 7 tips for moving to a senior living community.

1 | Start Planning Early

Moving to senior living involves various considerations. Start the planning process early to avoid unnecessary stress. Create a timeline including when you want to move and include tasks such as:

  • Visiting several communities of choice
  • Beginning to sort, organize and downsize your possessions
  • Deciding on the type of senior living floor plan that best fits your needs
  • Handling legal and financial matters
  • Planning your move-in date

2 | Visit Different Communities

Explore various senior living communities to find one that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. Visit multiple communities, talk to staff members and residents, and participate in community activities and programs. This firsthand experience will give you a better understanding of the atmosphere, amenities, and social opportunities each community offers.

Be sure to keep a list of your top favorites so you can continue to evaluate which would be your best move. If you’re stuck between two, visit both again.

3 | Understand the Financial Aspect

Different communities offer different pricing structures. Research your options and inquire about what is included in the fees.

Consider how you’ll pay. Will you sell your home or put a down payment on your lifestyle? You’ll need to know how you’re financing the move.

4 | Downsize Thoughtfully

Downsizing is often a necessary part of transitioning to senior living. Take the time to declutter and downsize belongings thoughtfully. Keep items with sentimental value, and consider the size and layout of your new living space when deciding what to pack or bring along. This process can be emotionally challenging, so enlist the help of family and friends for support.

5 | Prioritize Health and Wellness

It’s essential to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle to enhance quality of life during the aging process. This is why many senior living communities provide a range of health and wellness services. Prioritize communities that offer fitness programs, healthcare services, and a focus on overall well-being.

6 | Stay Connected with Family and Friends

Moving to senior living doesn’t mean losing touch with loved ones. Choose a community that encourages socialization and visitation. Make an effort to stay connected with family and friends through regular visits, phone calls, and virtual communication.

7 | Embrace the Community Lifestyle

Senior living communities offer a variety of activities and events to foster a sense of community. Embrace this lifestyle by participating in activities, clubs, and outings. Building connections with fellow senior living residents can lead to lasting friendships and a more fulfilling experience.

Experience Luxury Senior Living at Waterstone of Westchester

Making the move to senior living is a big decision, but our residents often tell us they wish they’d done it sooner! When you make the move to Waterstone of Westchester, you can enjoy:

  • A maintenance-free lifestyle
  • A beautiful floor plan that’s perfect for you
  • Engaging programming
  • Opportunities to enhance your wellness
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • For those who need assistance living as independently as possible, we even connect residents to supportive care services they need through premier healthcare providers

Our concierge can easily help to connect you with moving services, organizing companies and more to make your move as smooth and seamless as possible. Call us today to learn more.