Countdown to Move-in Day
Still, when you remind yourself you’re headed to maintenance-free living, it can make the process a little more easier. Elder Care Alliance communities are here to assist you with advice about your move. In addition, our teams are happy to answer any questions you may have about moving in and joining our family!
Use this move-in checklist as a guide to get you started, and write down any questions and concerns to share with us.
Things to do before move-in day:
- Complete your change-of-address form with the post office, and be sure to include your apartment number.
- Update your contact information with friends and family. For example, you could prepare an email and send it to everyone on your contact list, so they know your new address.
- Get the name of the cable TV provider and phone service provider from your senior living community to get your TV cable and phone service set up before move-in.
- Get any newspaper subscriptions you may have changed to your new address.
- Obtain renters insurance coverage for your personal belongings with your insurance agent.
- Ask for downsizing or moving resources if you need them for your move. Most senior living communities have resources they can provide in both areas.
Your first week in your new community, make sure you:
- Get the names and contact information for team members in your community and share those with your family and closest friends.
- If you manage your medications, be sure you have a locked place to store them. In addition, if your community will be handling your medications, you’ll want to work with the team to keep your prescriptions updated.
- Ask about emergency protocol. For instance, what is the evacuation procedure during a fire or other urgent event?
- Make an effort to meet other residents. Meeting new people can feel uncomfortable for some, particularly if you are shy, but remember that everyone was “new” at some point. Try to attend as many activities as possible so you can meet a number of your new neighbors.
- Find out when transportation can take you to appointments, shopping, or errands.
- Ask where the nearest pharmacy, grocery store, and bank are in the neighborhood. If you have a pet, you’ll, of course, want to ask where the closest pet supply store is!
After you’ve settled in:
- Ask for a copy of the community’s activities calendar. Then, continue to make a point to attend a few events or programs each week.
- Take some time to explore the community. Visit the common spaces, check out the game room and exercise equipment, and investigate the outdoor areas.
One of the best things you can do for yourself when moving to senior living is to give yourself time to adjust. Any change can be challenging. However, it can also be exciting as new opportunities unfold before you. Be open to the possibilities, allow yourself the time to get used to your new surroundings, and always ask for help if you need it.