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Tips for Seniors and Their Families: Downsizing and Moving into Senior Housing Accommodations

June 8 2018

 Downsizing and Moving into Senior Housing AccommodationsYou may find that it is time to downsize and this can be a very overwhelming point in one’s life. When this big decision has been made, it is important to keep open communication and dialogue with family members so that they can help you achieve a smoother transition.


Spring Cleaning


After making the decision, you will want to begin the spring cleaning process. This is where your family will be able to step up and help you declutter and determine what essentials you will keep and take with you on your journey into senior housing.
People tend to accumulate a lot of belongings over the years. So much so that it may be challenging for just one person to go through everything and it can make the process drawn out and longer than it needs to be.


Discuss Your Goals


As you begin the process, discuss the goals you have in mind with your family before you begin the cleaning process and let them know what you intend to get rid of and what you would prefer to keep.


Gather Important Documents


Next, you should gather all important documents that you may need such as any financial or health papers, and other legal documents you may need in the future. You do not want these important papers getting lost in the shuffle.
Sometimes you may find it too difficult to let things go, and this is where your family needs to offer a supportive hand and help you determine which things you need and which you should let go.


Find Your Support System


When downsizing and finding ways to make your transition into senior housing more manageable, you will want to enlist the help of your family and closest friends. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask them for assistance.
During the process, you will be able to exchange memories and stories and create more of an emotional connection to your family, rather than your material possessions. Doing so may also help make the process a bit easier to handle.


Other Tips


Take your time and don’t let anyone rush you. Downsizing and moving is a big step and can definitely take an emotional toll on yourself as well as your family members. Make it a happy time, reminisce, and look forward to a new chapter in your life.