If you can picture yourself in a senior living community like Sedgebrook — sharing time with
friends, pursuing your interests and not worrying about home maintenance or what’s for dinner — you’re halfway there. Perhaps the only thing stopping you from taking the next step is the moving process itself.
While the idea of making a move to a senior living community may seem daunting, you don’t have to tackle it all at once. By taking it one step at a time, you can move at your own pace and gain confidence along the way. Below are some useful tips to help simplify your move.
Select, don’t settle. The more you know about your options, the easier your decision will be. Research the various kinds of communities, consider their locations and compare costs. You should also consult a real estate agent and arrange home repairs if needed.
What Do You Want?
This move should give you more freedom. Would you prefer taking a yoga class instead of waiting for a plumber? Attend a play without having to get in your car? Spend time creating rather than doing pesky chores? At a community like Sedgebrook, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue the things you love.
Make Your Visit Matter
Before you visit a community, know what questions to ask and what to look for. If you download our step-by-step “Make Your Move” guide, you’ll find a checklist with important questions to ask. It also contains many other handy checklists to keep you organized and lower stress every step of the way.
Know Your Continuum
A Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC) offers active, senior independent living along with senior health services that allow residents to age in place. But not all communities are the same.
Types of contracts offered, and entrance and monthly fees, can vary greatly. Levels of living and health services available can differ, too. For example, a Life Plan Community like Sedgebrook offers a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation. Not all senior living communities do.
Location, Location, Location
Many people choose a community in their familiar neighborhood and close to children and grandkids, medical providers, places of worship, and familiar conveniences. Think about what’s important to you before you make a move.
Even if your mortgage is paid off, living in your house isn’t free. And not all communities include the same services and amenities in their monthly fees. When you consider things you’re paying for now, such as utilities, meals, and senior health and medical services, you’ll likely find that a senior living community like Sedgebrook is far more affordable than you think.
Download “Make Your Move,” our step-by-step guide for moving into senior living. It contains a valuable cost comparison worksheet to help you evaluate the independent senior living costs between aging at home and moving to a senior living community.
By now, you should be close to making a decision about where you want to move, and it’s time to reveal your decision to family and friends. Meanwhile, set an appointment to visit the community to choose a floor plan and submit your financial application.
How do you sort through a lifetime’s worth of keepsakes and belongings without getting stressed? Open that first closet. If you commit to purging a single bag or box every few days, downsizing now will have you ready when moving day comes. And if you’ve wondered how to sell your home fast, decluttering is a great way to start.
Paper the Trail
Organize important documents and family keepsakes in a safe deposit box or a fireproof safe, and scan them and store online. You’ll want them close at hand and easy to find for you and your loved ones.
Accelerate the Action
Get your house on the market. Remember to make your deposit on the floor plan you decided on. If you have the option to select the finishes for your new residence, schedule time to choose your countertops, floor covering, cabinetry, or whatever choices the community offers.
Ready, Set, Move!
As you look forward to a new life in a new home, don’t forget your old friends and neighbors. Set time to let people know where you’re going and how to stay in touch. It’s time to celebrate your new chapter.
If you’re ready to start preparing to make your move to a retirement community like Sedgebrook, download “Make Your Move: A step-by-step guide for moving into senior living.” This informative guide will help make taking your step to a brighter future easier!