15 Mar Steps To Take Before Moving to Independent Living
When you make the choice to move to a senior living community while still independent, you stand to take advantage of everything they offer. At Charles E. Smith Life Communities, we provide seniors with top-notch amenities; services; and an active, healthy lifestyle.
Read on to learn more about the steps you should take before making the move to independent living.
The Senior Living Moving Process
Before you decide where you’d like to live, it’s important to do your own research. Where You Live Matters encourages seniors to ask themselves two key questions when considering a move to senior living:
- How much can I afford?
- What level of care do I really need?
After you’ve determined your budget and made the decision to move to independent living, the ideal option for active seniors, it’s time to see these communities firsthand. One of the most important steps you can take before making the decision to move to Charles E. Smith Life Communities is to attend an in-person tour to get an idea of which amenities are most important to you. Contact us to learn more about how you can visit today.
At this point, you’ve done your research, visited the communities on your list, and made a decision on which one is right for you. Next, it’s time to fill out a senior living community application and start thinking about transitioning out of your current home.
Below, we’ve outlined our favorite tips to help make the moving process as stress-free and simple as possible.
Make a moving checklist.
It’s easy to overlook the little things when making such a significant life change.
For example, canceling cable, internet or magazine subscriptions is commonly a forgotten task. Prepare yourself for the moving process by creating a moving checklist that covers what’s done, what needs to be done, and what you’ll do when you arrive in your new home.
Plan for your new living space.
By photographing your current living space, you can develop a moving and design plan tailored to your unique living needs for your new living space. You should measure your furniture, wall hangings, and anything else that will occupy floor space. This will narrow down your options for what will fit in your new residence. What better time to choose a few new pieces to spruce up your new place!
Downsizing and rightsizing, complementary approaches to preparing for the move to your new home, offer many different ways to optimize your living environment. It’s important to sort and organize as much as you can leading up to the move. There’s bound to be much to go through from your long and happy life, so start as early as possible.
Help yourself prepare for the move by consulting a downsizing checklist before you move to Charles E. Smith Life Communities. A simple way to organize your possessions for the move is to use sticky notes and label things as “Keep,” “Throw Away,” “Donate,” or “Upgrade.”
Now it’s time to begin your life as an independent resident of Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
Access to a Range of Services
Living at Charles E. Smith Life Communities means enjoying an independent lifestyle, life-enriching amenities, and access to a full system of care. This is just a piece of what makes it possible for our residents to live fully happy and engaged lives. All healthcare services are located on one campus, supporting residents in a vibrant quality of life, regardless of their needs.
In fact, Charles E. Smith Life Communities’ network of residences has been caring for older adults since 1910. We offer independent living and a full suite of care services, including assisted living, memory care, post-acute care and long-term care.