Adjusting to Assisted Living in 9 Steps

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There comes a time in which we must accept that we can no longer live the life we are accustomed to. Whether this means downsizing to a smaller house, moving into an assisted living facility, or bringing in someone to help you at home, it’s an adjustment that can be difficult to get used to. 

However, as we get older, we must face the harsh realities of life. If you’ve chosen to move into an assisted living facility, here are nine ways that you can make this adjustment more manageable. 

Discuss Your Priorities 

Before you begin to research the different options available, you should make a list of your requirements and prioritise them accordingly. Think about things such as your budget, location, and medical preferences such as the need for medical alert systems for seniors. Then you can move onto secondary priorities, such as, types of activities, dining options, even concierge services.   

Research The Different Communities 

Once you have a rough idea of what your ideal assisted living facility looks like, you can begin to research the range of communities that fit your requirements. Start off with a basic web search and compile a list of your favourite communities. Write a list of questions that you would like to ask, take guided tours of the facility, study the contract and fees, and observe the staff in action when you are there.

Get The Admin and Logistics Sorted 

After you have decided on an assisted living facility, make sure that you take care of the admin and logistics of the move. This includes filling out the relevant paperwork, contacting your local doctor, cancelling any magazine subscriptions, and contacting your bank to update your address. If you need to contact a packing and moving company, make sure to book a slot with sufficient time.  

Take Time to Declutter 

A great tip that will help you settle down before you move into your assisted living facility is to de-clutter your home. Think of this move as a new chapter in your life. It’s time to get rid of all the unnecessary clutter you have accumulated over the years. Try to hold onto the things that truly have value and discard or donate anything else you no longer need. This will also make it easier to adjust to a smaller living space and keep your new home as organised as possible. 

Start Packing in Advance 

Don’t leave everything to the last minute as this will only cause unnecessary stress. You don’t want to start this next chapter of your life on the wrong foot, so try to be as organised as possible. Start packing months in advance and sort out where you will be storing any of the items you cannot take with you.  

Make Time for Loved Ones 

Although moving into an assisted living facility can be overwhelming, it can also be an exciting opportunity to meet new people and build a brand-new social life. However, it’s extremely important that you make time for your loved ones, and that you continue to have a life outside of your community. Even if your old friends are miles away and relatives no longer live close by, a simple phone call every week can make all the difference to your relationships.   

Personalise Your Space and Settle In 

After leaving your home and entering a new space, many individuals often feel disconnected and disorientated. Therefore, it’s vital that you personalise your space and make it your own. Don’t be afraid to hang up your possessions and change up the decor to suit your needs. You want your new space to feel as “homey” as possible. As you begin to settle into your new home, you can ask your neighbours for any of their best tips, such as dining suggestions or fun activities to try. Not only will this give you a great insight, but it can also help you make new friends. 

Try Out the Activities on Offer 

Many assisted living facilities have a wide range of activities designed to help you keep active and socialise with those around you. Make sure to take advantage of these opportunities and take the time to develop a new skill. Now is your time to unwind and enjoy life to the fullest, you may even find that you have a newfound passion. If you feel like you have something to offer your peers, you can share your talents with your local community and host your own set of lessons.