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July 24, 2018

What to expect when you move to a retirement community

After seniors, along with their families, have completed the process of choosing a retirement community, they will need support to make the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. For while the selection of a community may provide relief, the move and adjustment to a new lifestyle can be challenging for some seniors.

But like many transitions through the years, the initial period of uncertainty or anxiety will generally give way to relief and satisfaction with a new and fulfilling way of life. For example, the independence of owning one’s own home can be replaced with freedom from worry about property and safety issues.

After you say “yes” to a retirement community, what’s next?

So, what comes next after the choice of a senior living community has been made? Country Meadows Retirement Communities has prepared a set of guidelines, “After you say “yes,” to help you know what to expect before, during and after your move. This information explains how we can get to know you, your needs and preferences, how you can get acquainted with other residents, and how you can get involved in activities at your community.

To help our newcomers adjust to their change in senior lifestyle, our staff and current residents reach out to new ones in friendship to welcome them and involve them in our wide variety of social activities.

Family members can support their loved ones with the transition, too, by giving them:

  • Understanding – Acknowledge any sense of loss and let them know that’s OK. Listen sympathetically and aid them in focusing on the benefits of their move.
  • Hands-on help – Assist them with packing and in deciding what to keep, discard or give away. Help to personalize and decorate their new home.
  • Encouragement – Prompt them to seek out activities that interest them to meet other like-minded residents.
  • Space – Allow them time and freedom to explore their new surroundings and make acquaintances. Be available but not overly protective.
  • Your time – Phone or visit regularly and, if possible, attend activities with them. Show them that the move hasn’t changed your relationship.

Visit us at Country Meadows in Pennsylvania or Maryland

Have you thought about moving to a retirement community but haven’t made up your mind? If so, check out our blog post, “Is a senior living community the right choice?” and our information on “what to look for when considering a retirement community.”

If you’re seeking a Pennsylvania retirement community or one in Maryland, we hope you will contact us for more information. We also invite you to schedule a visit to be introduced to our senior apartments and our broad range of services and levels of care.

Country Meadows has 10 senior living communities in Pennsylvania (in Lancaster, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Pittsburgh, Wyomissing, York-South, York-West, Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton) as well as a retirement community in Maryland, located in Frederick.


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