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Smooth Your Transition into Independent Living with These 4 Tips

July 30, 2021

If you have begun considering the move into independent living, there are ways to make the transition easier. Identify what you want to bring with you into your new home, as well as what you're looking for in Bradenton independent living facilities, and what lifestyle you want inside and outside your new retirement community.

Downsize First

Before choosing the community that best serves you, start downsizing your current home. Whether you have accumulated things over a few years or a few decades, it helps to get rid of many of those things that aren't likely to have a place in your new home. As you downsize, think of those things that will make you most comfortable in your new home and the limited space you will have as you move into a smaller living area.

Choose the Right Community

There are many choices to consider in retirement communities, including independent living, assisted living, and more specialized services like memory care in Bradenton. Determine what's important for you. Are you looking for lots of activities? Do you want a larger living area? Do you expect great food? Identify the communities that offer the features you desire and visit them to see if they meet your expectations.

Create a Home Inside Your New Community

It's easy to feel at home when your new place feels familiar. There are ways to do that, including arranging your new space similarly to your prior home. Arrange the furniture and decorations you moved from your prior place as you arranged it there. Keep special items displayed prominently. Create the most comfortable and functional space you can in your new home with the surroundings that made your previous home special.

Stay Active Inside and Outside Your Community

Create a sense of community by connecting with others inside and outside your new home. Inside your assisted living community, become involved in activities and join groups that share your interests. Participate in activities and groups outside your retirement community that attracted your interest before you made the move. These social and community activities will help keep you connected and give you a sense of a broader lifestyle outside your new home.

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