At Riley Crossing, our Memory Care assisted living provides a safe and welcoming space that will help you thrive in your golden years. While transitioning to assisted living can be difficult, these tips can help you to celebrate one season as it comes to a close, and welcome a new and exciting chapter of your life.
After you’ve selected a senior living community, try to visit a few times with a loved one before your actual move-in date! Attending meals, events, or a few activities will allow you to become familiar with the layout, residents, and staff of the community. This will help the community and everyone who lives and works there seem more familiar when you do move in!
Bring Personal Items Into Your New Space
While making the move to assisted care is a great time to downsize and declutter, bringing along special items to make your new space feel more like home will help you to settle in faster and adjust to your new surroundings! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try a new decorating style you may have always wanted to!
Participate in Activities
Participating in community activities makes the adjustment process easier and will help you make friends right away. At Riley Crossing, we offer a wide variety of fun and enriching activities for you to engage in and perhaps find a new hobby you love!
Getting involved in your new community and taking on roles such as answering phones, managing the library, or sponsoring a club can help you find purpose, improve your outlook, and make your transition a lot smoother.
When you move in, even though nervous feelings might make you want to hide out in your room, the sooner you step outside of your comfort zone, the quicker you’ll feel more at home in your new space.
Go for a walk, knock on a neighbor’s door, or strike up a conversation with a staff member or resident—you never know what could happen! Remember, it takes time to adjust to big life changes, so don’t force yourself to get there sooner than you’re able to. Take each day one courageous step at a time and you’ll feel settled in no time!
If you’re looking for additional support, or think that your loved one could benefit from our memory care services, give our compassionate staff a call at (952) 934-7777 to learn more about becoming a part of our family today.