Embracing Senior Living with Monarch’s Support and Guidance
At Monarch, we believe that life doesn’t stop when moving into senior living; it’s simply embarking on a new stage of life. And we are here to guide you through this challenging but ultimately rewarding stage.
Embracing a new chapter in life can be both exciting and challenging, especially for seniors considering a move to a senior living community. As individuals age, their needs and priorities evolve, and the decision to transition to a senior living community often stems from a desire for enhanced support, social engagement, and a vibrant lifestyle. Below we explore the journey of seniors embarking on this transformative experience, delving into steps and practical tips for making the transition to a senior living community a positive and fulfilling endeavor.
Rest assured; you are not alone in this process. The Monarch team is dedicated to providing the guidance and assistance you need throughout your move. Our compassionate staff collaborates with each potential resident to identify the most suitable community that aligns with your unique preferences and requirements. From the initial stages of packing that first box to the moment you step foot into your new home, we will be there every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition to this exciting new phase of your life.
Step 1. Preparing for the Move
Becoming Part of The Community
As you prepare for this exciting transition, it’s important to embrace the opportunities that await you. Engaging with the community and actively participating in its offerings can help you create meaningful connections and cultivate a sense of belonging.
Prior to the move, take time to familiarize yourself with the amenities, activities, and services available within the community. Get to know our staff so we can get a chance to know you. You don’t have to wait until the movers are on your doorstep to become part of the community. Getting to know the staff and residents before move-in day can go a long way in easing jitters. Consider attending social events or joining group activities to meet fellow residents and establish new friendships. Getting to know the staff and residents before move-in day can go a long way in easing jitters.
We also recommend organizing and downsizing your belongings before the move can help create a comfortable and clutter-free living space in your new home.
By embracing the possibilities and preparing for the move, you are taking proactive steps toward a vibrant and enriching experience in your chosen senior living community.
Step 2: Packing
Now it’s time to get to work on the actual move itself.
Preparing for a move to a senior living community entails thoughtful and organized packing. As you embark on this exciting transition, it’s essential to prioritize and pack the items that hold sentimental value or are crucial for your daily needs.
Begin by creating a comprehensive inventory and storying your belongings into categories, such as clothing, personal care items, cherished keepsakes, and essential documents. Consider the space available in your new living quarters and pack accordingly, keeping in mind the importance of maintaining a comfortable and clutter-free environment.
Remember to label your boxes clearly, making unpacking a breeze once you arrive at your new home. Additionally, involving loved ones in the packing process can not only lighten the workload but also serve as an opportunity for cherished memories and shared moments before embarking on this new chapter in your life.
Our staff will be happy to act as a resource offering recommendations like realtors, senior moving companies, and professional packing services.
Step 3. Moving In
Move-in day at a senior living community marks an exciting and pivotal moment in a senior’s life. As they step through the doors of their new home, a sense of anticipation and possibility fills the air. Friendly faces greet them, and welcoming staff is there to assist with the transition. We’ve compiled some recommendations to make move-in day a good experience.
To help the day go smoothly, make sure to:
- Have Everything Ready: All new resident paperwork should be complete, and you’ve oriented yourself to the community and its policies.
- Connect With Staff: Monarch communities have staff who can help new residents feel welcome and prepared.
- Unpack and Set Up the New Space: As one of the first steps, this will help make it begin to feel like home.
- Pick Other Residents’ Brains: Keep in mind that the residents have been where you are and may have some tips from when they first moved. Plus, it’s a good conversation starter.
- Enjoy Your First Meal: Even if you’ve visited prior, that first meal as a resident can be a significant experience. Have a family member join you as you meet and talk with new friends and neighbors.
Design for Your New Home
You’ve worked hard unpacking, and now it’s time to have a little fun designing for the new home. Although the floor plan won’t be nearly the same, we can help you make it work with these design ideas for smaller spaces.
Decide on a Color Scheme: Whether it’s the walls, furniture, or décor, having neutral or light colors will create a feeling of openness and space.
- Use Smaller Pieces: Opt for a love seat versus a full-size couch, a table that seats four versus your full dining set for 12. And finally, utilize nesting tables that you can take out or store as needed.
- Make the Most of Dual Purpose: A creative way to gain some extra space is by using dual-purpose items such as an ottoman with storage inside.
- Add a Mirror: Mirrors can help expand spaces, reflect daylight, and break up visual clutter. Place one opposite a window so it reflects the view, or place one behind a light source.
- Go Up: Maximize your vertical space with shelving and/or tall pieces that go up to the ceiling; not only do you get more storage, but it also makes the ceiling look taller.
We recognize that this day is going to be anything but easy. But once the journey of transitioning to a senior living community has begun you can look forward to a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.