How to Make the Most of Independent Living
When you’re transitioning from living on your own to living at a senior living community, you may feel lost as to where to begin. The process can seem like a lot to take in, but often individuals find that it was much easier than they had first anticipated. Following these easy steps will help you transition smoothly and help you enjoy the benefits that independent living has to offer.
Things to Do to Get Started
- Get Involved in Classes and Clubs: When you first arrive at a senior living community, it may be slightly overwhelming to try and acclimate to your new home and environment. Connecting with the activities director in the residence will help you to find things you’re interested in such as various clubs and classes. They will also be able to show you the activity calendar for the month, so you can begin to plan which things you would like to take part in.
- Make New Friends: One of the many benefits of living in a senior retirement community is the number of new friendships and connections that you can make. Individuals who already live there are often quick to welcome newcomers in a warm and welcoming manner, and invite them to partake in things they’re involved in. This quickly allows the new resident to feel comfortable and brings a sense of familiarity and ease to the transition period.
- Get Your Family Involved: Sharing the transition from living on your own to moving to a senior living community with your family support system greatly helps the process. When you have your family help you, it lets you get settled in quickly as they can assist with tasks such as moving, decorating, and unpacking. You can also explore the new facility together to help you get more comfortable with your surroundings and meet your neighbors together.
- Enjoy Your Free Time: When you were living at home, you may not have had the ability to just relax without having to worry or stress about something. Once you’ve moved into an independent living facility, you will have more time to spend how you want. Whether that means catching up on a book taking up a hobby, or doing anything you may not have been able to fit into your schedule before, now you can enjoy yourself freely and make the most of your time.
At The Holiday Retirement communities, we offer a wide selection of nutritional meal choices to promote healthy living, a fit lifestyle, and appeal to a wide variety of palates. There are games, crafts, activities, and programs to help seniors live their life to the fullest and enjoy themselves. With regular excursions and outdoor events, we provide many different options to help keep our residents engaged, active, and happy. We take care of each one of our residents like they are our own family.
Call us at 860-233-8208 to learn more about the services and amenities we provide at our retirement communities in Rhode Island and West Hartford, Connecticut. Fill out this online form if you would like to book a tour.