It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and even a little nervous when you’re moving to a new home. If you’re looking to move to a retirement community, you may be wondering what to expect when you get there. We’ve thus combed through some ways that Florida senior living use to welcome new residents so that you can get a taste of what you might expect. Today’s retirement communities are vibrant and person-centered, intending to create a thriving community. These communities thus understand that a resident’s experience begins on moving day, which leads them to come up with the most personal and welcoming ways to help them enter this new stage of life.
A Welcome Packet
Moving into a new community means dealing with new questions. You may have taken aspects of your previous life for granted. Questions such as where or when to do your laundry, how to handle maintenance, and set up utilities may have become second nature over the years. Moving to a new retirement community means that you may have to figure these intricacies out again. Luckily, most retirement communities handle utilities, maintenance, and housekeeping for you already. For other matters regarding daily living, however, a welcome packet is often prepared that answers any questions you may have. This packet can include a thoughtful welcome letter, as well as details such as:
- Instructions, residential policies, and contact information for relevant services and team members
- Pick-up information
- Instructions on systems and services, such as the building entry system
- Operating hours, rules, and other relevant information regarding amenities
- Maintenance request instructions
- Payment instructions
- Details about laundry, garbage/recycling and parking
- Emergency contact information and emergency instructions
A Neighborhood Guide
Most retirement communities either provide a neighborhood guide or list out the area attractions on their site. Friendly team members will also be more than happy to provide residents with their suggestions for the best things to do in the neighborhood. One of the best things about moving to a new place is getting to explore your surroundings. From museums to parks to simply the best place to relax and dine with your friends, moving to a new environment means a new adventure.
One of the biggest draws of moving to a retirement community is that you will have enlarged your circle of friends and peers. Regular, sustained social engagement does wonders for your mental health, especially in your golden years. Retirement communities are well aware of how beneficial social engagement can be, and thus make it a point to host regular community events. At these events, residents have the chance to form lasting friendships with individuals going through the same stage of life. Making new friends is one of the best ways to start feeling at home in a new environment, so don’t miss the chance to mingle with your neighbors at events like these.
If you have any questions about senior living in Florida and what you can expect from local retirement communities, feel free to contact us today.