But What About My Friends? Why Transitioning to Senior Living Doesn’t Mean Leaving Your Old Life Behind
For many seniors, there comes a time when they need to make the transition from living at home to living in a senior community. The great news about this transition is that senior living facilities are not what they once were and there are countless misconceptions about assisted living communities that make people apprehensive about moving. There are so many unique options available for older adults from LGTB-friendly communities, to spa like retreats, living centers for couples and specialty homes where seniors can have their own apartments or even homes. Transitioning to senior living can be an exciting time, but it is also a move that many seniors meet with some hesitation.
Typically, one of the biggest concerns that seniors have about transitioning to a senior living community is that they will have to leave their old life behind. Whether it is frequenting their grandchildren’s soccer games, attending their monthly card club or making it for a weekly nail appointment, moving to an assisted living facility can seem like pressure to leave your old life behind; but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some important facts for any senior to remember whenever they feel trepidation about transitioning to senior care.
- Don’t quit your old routine. There are so many older adults who think that moving to a senior facility means having to change everything about their life. Think of the transition simply as moving to a new home, not a new way of doing things. If you have a set routine, whether its reading before bed or going to the gym every day, stick with it.
- Keep your friends. Just because your friends don’t live in senior communities it doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to interact with them. Don’t leave your friends, social clubs, groups and organizations behind, stay with them. It will only help you feel more comfortable with your transition.
- Consider a ride sharing service. If you are worried about maintaining independence and still being able to run errands as you please in your senior living community, consider using a ride sharing service like Uber. It can help you get around and stick with your normal way of doing things once you move to your new home.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things. It is important to hold on to the things that matter most to you when you transition to a senior living community, but you also shouldn’t be afraid to try new things when you make this transition. This can be an exciting way for you to meet friends, and push yourself to try new experiences. You can still maintain some of the parts of your old life when you make the move, but it doesn’t mean you can’t try new things either.
Yes, moving to a senior living facility can mark a tremendous change in the life of any senior. However, seniors need to remember that it doesn’t mean they have to leave their old life behind. While they can move forward to a next chapter, there are still plenty of ways to stay connected to the life they once had.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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