Moving into a new environment can be stressful. Here are some things you can do to make it easier:
- Make your apartment an expression of your personality. Bring your favorite pieces of furniture. Decorate in your own style and panache. Bring your hobbies with you.
- As soon as you decide to make the transition, start packing. Being ready will eliminate a lot of stress.
- Learn everything you can about your new living community. Fear is created by the unknowns in our life. Make sure you know all there is to know about your new home.
- Once you have moved in, get to know the other residents. Don’t keep to yourself. Friendship eliminates stress. Give yourself a break. It will take a while to get acclimated to your new lifestyle.
- Make a rough scale drawing of the new room or rooms you will occupy. Measure your furniture to be sure it will fit. Preparation now will prevent headaches later.
- Make certain that there’s a safe place for photo albums, gifts from grandchildren and other precious possessions.
- Keep things that will preserve memories over decades. Choose the most important ones. If you run out of room, put them in a safe deposit box or leave them with a trusted relative.
- Take time to grieve the loss of your home. You are bound to feel sadness. Remind yourself that you are off on a new adventure.
- Ask relatives to help you move. Surround yourself with loving hands. Children should be included.
- Make a checklist. With so many things to do, you will need a reminder sheet. Include things like transferring prescriptions or changing your address with the post office. If you have an iPhone, try the mobile inventory that is built in the My Move iPhone app. It’s free.
Article submitted by Carol McNairy Wight, a resident at the Treeo senior living community in Orem, Utah. Treeo is a new line of communities aimed at middle income seniors who are looking for a smart, modern and connected way of living. Treeo communities are operated and managed by Leisure Care. The second one is opening in nearby South Ogden, Utah soon. To learn more, visit www.betreeo.com.