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Three Tips To Help Family Members Get Settled In Their New Retirement Home

Posted by on Aug 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips To Help Family Members Get Settled In Their New Retirement Home

Helping your elderly parents or other family members move into a retirement home or senior care residence can be a bit of an emotional experience. While your folks will certainly warm up to the idea before long, some people can feel a little resistance to this move — after all, they might have had decades in the same home leading up to the relocation and aren’t fond of change. There are a number of ways that you can ease the transition and help your family members quickly feel established in their new home. Here are three ways to get started. Include Items From Home There’s little question that your family members will have to downsize their possessions when they move into their new home, but decorating the new space with reminders of home can play a beneficial role in making the transition smoother. In the weeks leading up to the move, talk to your family members about their most cherished items and make sure there’s space for these things in the new home. Whether it’s a series of framed photos, a shelf of favourite scrapbooks or a special piece of furniture, ensuring these items make the move with your family member is vitally important. Encourage Getting Involved If your family member is feeling a little down about the change, it can be easy for them to spend time in their room. This approach won’t help the transition, though, so do your best to encourage them to get involved with the community around them. Retirement homes and senior care residences have a wide range of programs and events to make residents feel at home — after all, most people are in the same boat as your family members. Whether it’s joining an art or baking club or taking a day trip to a museum or casino, getting involved in the residence gives them an opportunity to meet others and form some friendships. For more information on the activities offered at retirement homes, look into a number of different living situations to determine if one will offer better opportunities. Visit When Possible Although you shouldn’t visit so much that your family members won’t want to get out and make friends, some regular visits in the initial weeks after the move can be helpful — especially if they lived with you or nearby before moving to their new home. Arrange some formal visits with your family or just drop over for a quick cup of tea. If they are adept with technology, arranging a video call on their tablet or computer a couple times per week is ideal,...

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Tips For Relocating Into Your New Retirement Home

Posted by on Mar 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Moving into a retirement home, such as Schlegel Villages, is a life-changing decision, and the transition to a retirement house can be a big one. These tips will make the transition smoother and easier to handle, so you’ll be able to better manage life in the retirement home when you get there. Downsize Your living quarters at the retirement home may be smaller than your previous home. Before you begin to move, make the decision to downsize. Reducing clutter will make your new home easier to clean and more pleasant to live in. To downsize, consider holding a garage sale, or give some of your old items to charity. Pass on important keepsakes to your children and grandchildren, so you can rest assured that your sentimental items will stay in the family. Start Planning In Advance Planning your move well in advance will help you space out the work, making the task of moving less exhausting. Start packing boxes as soon as you’ve made the decision to leave your old home. If you’re unable to pack boxes yourself, enlist the help of a younger relative, or hire a full-service moving company. Make Visits Ahead of Time Visit your new retirement home before the move in date, so you can get used to the surroundings and perhaps meet your new neighbors. This will make you feel more welcome and comfortable in your new home when the move has finally taken place. Your new retirement home may have public meeting spaces, clubs and societies, and activities for residents. Take tours of the grounds, visit the public spaces ahead of time, and contact those clubs and societies that interest you. This will give you something to look forward to during the moving process, and will help you to make fast friends in your new home. Work With Management Talk to the management at your retirement home to coordinate your move-in date. Management may require you to alert them ahead of time before parking a moving truck on the grounds. This will ensure that there is space for your moving truck to park while it’s being unloaded. Ask management at your retirement home if there is any literature, brochures or pamphlets, that will help introduce you to your new building and the neighborhood where you live. This welcome package may make it easier to settle in your new residence. For more tips and advice, speak with a representative from your retirement home management...

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