Tips for Helping an Aging Adult Making the Move to a Retirement Community
When your loved one is thinking about moving from their family home of 30, 40, 50+ years, it is the rawest of deep emotions that greatly impact the entire family all the way down to the great grandchildren. If a move is going to happen, it must be handled with respect, care, and planning. It is critical that the entire family is engaged in the best interest of their loved one(s).
Making a Retirement Community Feel like Home
Change is hard and moving is difficult at any age. The new environment and lack of familiarity is only two of the aspects that make the move to a senior community filled with anxiety. The senior should spend time at the community prior to making the commitment to move. Treat the community like a vacation and resort – eat their food, do pop-bys; mingle with staff and residents; get the right feeling.
Consider the things that can be moved to their new location to create a feeling of home. For example, it might be helpful to bring their favorite armchair and their book collection, or any other items that have an emotional attachment. The best way to make this happen is to contact a certified senior move manager through their national web site at www.nasmm.org – the national association of senior move mangers.
Socializing is one of the most important activities that can happen within the first few months, because it is important for the individual to feel like they are a part of the community. Socialization gives them the opportunity to make friends and get to know other residents, so that they feel a sense of belonging. It is important to talk to the staff about their activity programs that will encourage socialization and camaraderie.
Working as a Team
The best way to make this transition a successful one is to work as a team with other family members and caregivers. Involve the retirement community staff, the individual’s doctor, their financial planner, estate planning attorney and any other service providers that might need to help with the details.
By having the support of family members and professionals, it is possible to make the transition seamless for everyone involved. If you see the need to involve another professional for support, then right now is a great time to add another person to the team.
At Greenwald & Gerke realtors, we can help with the transition to a retirement community. We offer real estate services for aging adults, making it easy to sell their existing home and coordinate any other real estate tasks that might be needed. We will gladly assist with the process of selling the home so that the aging adult can move into a retirement community. For more information about these services and how we can work together, we invite you to contact us today: (844) 782-9674