Making the move to assisted living can be an exciting decision. It can also be an overwhelming one. While there’s much to look forward to when it comes to setting up your new resort-style assisted living room, you might also be wondering how you can make it feel more like home. Here, we list 4 tricks to help you make your new space feel more like your own.
Go Through Your Personal Belongings
Before you make the move, take stock of your personal belongings. Are there any items that you would like to bring along with you? It’s important to note that assisted living spaces are typically a little smaller than personal residencies, so you might not be able to bring along everything you want. Make a list of the personal items that you love the most, and bonus points for any that also have daily use. Items that you choose not to bring along with you can be kept with your loved ones so that you know they are safe and can peruse them at will later on. Another safe space to store your sentimental items can be a bank deposit box. Your loved ones may also be able to help you digitize your photographs. You may not be able to bring all your albums with you, but you can have them ready for viewing on your phone or your computer whenever you want.
Pick Your Favorite Furniture
Have a favorite chair that you love to sit in while watching a game of soccer? Your favorite furniture can be both practical and comforting; in short, an ideal item to bring with you to your new home. You can speak with the management of your assisted living community to see what furniture you might be able to bring with you when you make the move.
Pack Bedsheets, Pillows, and Blankets
The bed is one of the most comforting spots in the house. It’s where we begin our day, where we rest, and where we head to at night to unwind. Your bedsheets, pillows, and blankets can be comforting items to bring along with you, especially on the first few nights in your new assisted living room. Even if you don’t plan to use them, having them with you is always a good idea.
One of the best ways to start making a place feel like your own is by hosting! Once you’re settled in, you can start getting to know your neighbors, or inviting your loved ones and friends over. An assisted living apartment with a spacious floor plan can provide a great setting for gatherings that will make your new place feel immediately like home. Another great way to get into the swing of things is to start showing up for activities and events hosted at your assisted living community. It’s a great way to get to know everybody while having some fun. Your retirement is a brand new stage of your life, and while it can be daunting, it can also herald a time of joy, relaxation, and laughter. So come along and enjoy the ride!