Assisted Living Tips
When the decision is made to move from independent to assisted living, emotions can play havoc on you and your family members. In this guide, we offer assisted living tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Meet with the Director
The Director and the staff of Baywoods of Annapolis have welcomed many new folks into their community and are very familiar with the common questions new residents ask. Be sure to get all of your questions answered before you move so that you will feel better on move-in day. Ask for a list of suggested items to bring and/or not to bring. Ask for an activities calendar, so you can choose several programs to attend early on.
You will want to visit the actual unit that you will move into and take measurements or ask for a floor plan. Your new home is likely to be much smaller than your existing home, so you will want to bring the furnishings that make you feel most at home, but that won’t make you feel crowded. Now is also a great time to offer items that you can’t use, to family members who will appreciate them, or to arrange to donate items to local charities.
Start Packing Early
You are likely to have fewer closets, so it’s a good idea to sort through clothes and determine what you will need. Since this can take some time, spread the process over several days or weeks so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Family and friends can help arrange for donation or pickup of old clothes.
Moving is not always easy, but soon after you’re settled in, you’ll begin to establish a new routine. Do your best to stay busy and participate in activities. This will help you get to know your new neighbors and get comfortable in your new surroundings.
Help From Family & Friends
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. They can be invaluable with packing, sorting, organizing, and cleaning. Letting them help with not only make you feel better but often makes them feel like they are contributing in a positive way, as you transition to your new home.
If you are considering making the move to Baywoods of Annapolis, we will work hard to ensure that your transition is smooth and easy. Contact us today and let us help you prepare for the move to your new home!