How To Make YourSenior Living Apartment Feel Like Home
It’s completely normal to feel nervous or overwhelmed about the newest chapter of your retirement; however, you can ease the transition by making your new apartment feel like home right from the start. We’re sharing a few simple ways to bring touches of your personality and home into your apartment, which will in turn help you to feel more settled and more comfortable even sooner.
Tips For Settling Into a New Community
- Choose a community that makes you feel at home.
When looking into different senior living communities, be sure to observe how friendly the staff and residents are and how they all interact with each other. If it’s the right fit, you’ll feel warmly welcomed and at ease.
- Check community guidelines. An important first step is to look into any rules or recommendations that your new community may have regarding changes to your apartment. By knowing about any restrictions up front, you’ll be able to easily plan how to make your apartment as homey as possible.
- Decide what furniture to use. Use our floor plans and square footage information to start by measuring your furniture and determining what pieces will best fit in your new space. You can also decide if you need to purchase anything – many residents prioritize comfortable seating, storage pieces and multi-functional furniture when they downsize.
- Reflect your personality in your décor. It’s exciting to start with a blank slate but be mindful not to over clutter, especially if moving into a smaller space. You’ll most likely need to pare down decorative pieces while at the same time bringing your personal style and unique decorations. Many residents bring familiar décor from their former home, while others stick to a fun new theme or design – whatever makes you most happy and comfortable!
- Add photos and other memories. Every home needs sentimental touches to make it special. Framed photos of your family, friends and personal experiences will not only make you smile and reminisce on fond memories but also help jumpstart conversations with your new neighbors.
- Find opportunities for new connections. Encourage new connections. Another part of feeling at home in your new community is the people around you. By dining in common areas with other residents, taking part in community activities and visiting with neighbors, you’ll begin to find your bearings and become more comfortable. You can also plan your own get-togethers or invite someone for a one-on-one chat.
- Stay in touch. We are often “homesick” for people, not necessarily places or things, so it helps to welcome visitors once you get settled. This is a great opportunity to show them around the community as well as introduce them to your new friends and neighbors.
- Make new memories. Once you are living it up at your new community, you’ll be making plenty of new memories and sharing experiences with friends. You may create some new décor in art class, add new photos to your collection or find a new hobby or interest to incorporate. We believe the more involved you become at your new home, the more at home you will feel.
Bringing Familiarity To Your New Home
It’s natural to feel a little out of place in a new setting, but the team at Park Creek is always here to do whatever it takes to help you have fun and feel at ease. Once you’ve put these tips into action, it will only be a matter of time until living in your new active, independent community feels just like home.