Transitioning from living at home to a senior community can be difficult. And words like supervised or assisted are often associated with this type of residence — sometimes jarring to the one making the change. Fortunately, there are independent living communities from which to chose; this means living freely and reducing the stress that often comes with this accommodation.
Still, it can be easy to slip into the mindset that your best times are behind you. We offer these tips to build a new, exciting chapter in your life to make these years truly golden.
Follow These Steps to a Continue a Fulfilled Life
- Give yourself time to adjust to your surroundings. The first few days — perhaps even weeks — you can give yourself time to acknowledge this next chapter and ensure you adapt well.
- Create the look and feel you want for your space. This is your new headquarters for family and friends to visit, so make if feel familiar. Challenge yourself to make it uniquely yours.
- Go back to your old tricks. That’s right: Pick up some old hobbies and keep up with your routines. These familiar habits will help you adjust far more quickly. Whether it’s coffee and the newspaper in the morning or a trip to your favorite local haunt, get back into your groove.
- Maintain your social network. Meet up with your friends. Invite family over. Whatever activities you, your friends, and your family were up to before — pick up right where you left off.
- Build a new social network, too. Make a point of being outgoing by putting forth a little extra effort to be social and friendly with people in your community.
- Find things to get excited about in your new environment. Consider who the new you might be and how to make the most of your new living situation.
- Stay active. Physical exercise is key to maintaining one’s health and quality of life as we age. Living in a communal home just means you’ll have more potential, active partners.
- Get involved in community life to help integrate yourself into your independent living community. Enjoy afternoon chats, art classes, or other activities and events.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out to your trained staff members. They are your ally and friend. Asking for assistance isn’t giving up independence, it takes a lot of strength and resolve to know when you need help — and to ask for it. These familiar folks will be an essential part of your social support network in the future.
Remember: the first few months of living in an independent community can be challenging. Yet, with the help of family, friends, and care providers, you can flourish in such supportive communities. Most deliver maintenance, transportation access, and regular socialization. At the same time, available care will also help you remain self-sufficient for much longer. Cambridge Village of Apex provides just such a secure and supportive community. On the whole, we work to ensure better lives for seniors — one family at a time.