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Resources - October 29, 2019

Planning to Move into a Senior Living Community

No matter your age, the thought of moving can cause stress and uncertainty. As you grow older, eventually there comes a time when you might think seriously about a move. It might be because you want to downsize your home, or it might mean choosing assisted living because you need a little help. No matter why you’re considering a move, it’s important to consider the following steps to ensure the process is as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Finances & Priorities

One of the first steps you need to take is an examination of your finances. Having an accurate understanding of all your expenses and assets will help you determine what you can afford. It’s important to meet with a trusted advisor who can answer any questions you may have and develop a financial plan for your individual needs. By knowing your financial situation before you start looking at communities, you can narrow your search and maintain realistic expectations to stay within your budget. If you don’t already have long-term care plans, now’s the time to consider those options.

Next, make a list of priorities that you or a loved one has for where and how they want to live. Like any important purchasing decision, you begin by defining your non-negotiables. By deciding what amenities and services are most crucial to you versus those you are willing to compromise on in advance, you’ll know what to expect, what to insist on and what’s feasible.

Decluttering & Preparation

After decades of collecting memories, mementos and material items, even minimalists can find the process of clearing out daunting. As you prepare to move to a continuing care community, it might surprise you to learn that decluttering can stimulate cognition and reduce anxiety.

Before you start, ask for an accurate floor plan so you know what things you can bring with you to make your new place feel like home. The joy treasured items give you is important, though be thoughtful about what you keep. You want to be sure your new space is comfortable, and decluttering creates a safer home environment and reduces the risks for falls.

If you find it too overwhelming to plan your new space and decide what belongings you need and want, there are experts who can help. One local D.C.-area group that offers a range of professional services is TAD Relocation, a Wayworth Company.

We hope these planning tips can help prepare you to make the best decisions for your future. At Goodwin House, we offer options for those who choose to stay in their home and those who choose to move to a senior living community

As you think about your choices, we hope you’ll consider a move to Goodwin House. Call us today at 703.578.7201 to schedule your personal visit and speak with our specialists.

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