It isn’t easy to uproot your life and start a new chapter, and this is especially true as we get older. Having built a life in one place and gotten used to a particular way of things, many seniors struggle with the idea of transitioning to any form of assisted living. Such a drastic change can be terrifying, and many people have worries about whether or not it’s the right choice.
It can be stressful when moving to an assisted living facility. Whether you or a loved one are moving in, it’s important to be understanding and optimistic. Take a proactive approach to this transition and ask questions, do your research, and make sure you have a plan for the move-in date itself and the period after.
Every assisted living community is different, but they all exist to make sure that their residents have the best quality of life possible. Make sure that you’re making the right choice for yourself or your loved one. If you’re in need of an assisted living community in the Fishersville Area, check us out at Regency Senior Living and book a tour today!
Challenges with Assisted Living
Moving to assisted living can be stressful for all parties involved. Between the move itself and adjusting to a new way of life, many people find themselves struggling to get used to assisted living as a concept in general.
Some of the more common worries involve meeting new people, losing independence, and the lack of things to do. It helps to look at things with a different perspective, and be excited for a new change!
Meeting New People
Being surrounded by a new community can be worrisome. When moving to assisted living, many people are worried about having to build new social connections and relationships with their future neighbours and staff.
What if they won’t have things in common with people? What if they can’t build relationships with the people around them? What if they don’t like their new neighbours?
Most residents find it easy to get to know the new people around them. Due to assisted living programs having many different optional programs and amenities, it’s easy to find people to have something in common with. If you’re interested in painting, then you know anybody in a painting class will share that interest. That’s already a conversation starter and a guaranteed shared interest!
Remember that everybody in an assisted living community has been in the exact same boat as you when they moved in. You aren’t alone in any way, shape, or form.
Assisted Living Independence
Assisted living isn’t a place where you lose all your autonomy. These communities are specifically set up to allow as much independence as possible while still making sure that residents have access to anything they may need for the best quality of life possible.
The teams on-site aren’t there to do everything for you; they’re there to help with the daily things that may cause you difficulty and make your life easier while still allowing you to live your life as you choose.
With the easy access to different programs to explore, the staff around to help you, and your own apartment-style home, you still remain as autonomous as you need.
You don’t lose any independence. Instead, you just receive help with things that can be frustrating or difficult for you to do alone.
Programs in Assisted Living
Every assisted living community is different. Each community offers their own programs and amenities on-site for their residents to make sure that there are options available for all sorts of entertainment. By encouraging socializing and building relationships over shared interests, you’ll always be surrounded by people and entertainment.
For example, here at Regency Senior Living, we offer many different programs and classes for our residents. There are fitness classes, game nights, cooking classes, and social hours. All of our available programs are designed to help our residents socialize and build real relationships with the people around them and be entertained all the time.
All assisted living communities have programs similar to this to help everybody have something they’re interested in and encourage bonding and building relationships. It’s important to look into what programs are offered in any community you’re looking into to make sure that it’s the right choice for you.
There’s a little something for everyone if you look!
How to Prepare to Move to Assisted Living
When moving to any new community, it’s important to have a plan for everything. Whether you’re hiring movers or having your family and friends help you, make sure that you have a clear plan laid out so everybody is on the same page. This makes sure that there’s as little stress as possible and things can go smoothly!
Set a clear time and location for pickups and dropoffs, and check in with people throughout the day. We’ve all moved at some point in our lives, so don’t worry too much if the plan has to change during the day.
When you settle into your new place, take a look around and try speaking with the team and the residents nearby. You can ask about what programs are available that week and see if anyone has advice regarding your new environment.
It’s perfectly natural to feel apprehensive if you’re the one making this change, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. By keeping a positive outlook and asking questions, you’re making a big step towards making sure that this transition is as smooth as possible. Whether it’s you or your loved one transitioning to assisted living, being understanding and optimistic can make a massive difference in how it goes.
At Regency Senior Living, we want to make sure that this transition is as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. Our team is available to help with whatever you may need to make the adjustment as smooth as possible.
Contact us today if you have any questions about moving or adjusting to assisted living, or schedule a visit to see for yourself what assisted living is like. We’re excited to show you your new home!