When going through the transitioning and downsizing process, you don’t want to feel rushed. This can lead to feelings of regret as you don’t get to experience the sense of closure when parting with items that were once important to you. According to Caring Transitions, “When you envision retirement together, consider the best circumstances for enjoying the new stage in your life. Even if rightsizing isn’t an immediate requirement, it is important to begin a discussion about future needs, wants, and wishes together.” The more time you allow yourself to plan the process out, the less rushed and more satisfied you will feel with the decisions you made later.
Look for a Place that has a Homey Feel
One of the simplest ways to help alleviate feelings of leaving home is to find a place that feels like home. Whether it is in the look and feel of the apartment, the activities they offer, the atmosphere the staff provide, or the level of assistance that you feel you have been offered, there are a wide variety of signs that indicate a place will provide a homey feeling. Our Community Relations Counselor, Olga Stathakopoulos expressed how we do that by saying, “We aim to make our assisted living and memory care facilities provide a true sense of home to the individuals in our care. That is why we connect them to a variety of services for seniors who are looking to move into one of our long term care locations to help make the transition process as easy as possible for them.”