When you’re used to living in the comfort of your own home, making the switch to assisted living can be a tough transition. Your routines change, your environment is completely different, and there’s also a new social dynamic to adjust to. However, there’s a reason why so many people thrive in assisted living— there are numerous benefits associated with living in a community environment. And if you embrace your new living situation, you may find yourself happier than ever.
Here are some of the best tips for smoothly adjusting to your new life in an assisted living facility.
First of all, change isn’t easy, and everybody knows that! Anyone who’s saying that change isn’t easy is lying. However, that doesn’t mean change is bad. In fact, in most cases change almost always ends up being a good thing!
The secret is embracing change and trusting the process. Stay positive and recognize that there’s always going to be a period of adjustment when you invite change into your life. Instead of focusing on the differences of your new life, focus on the benefits. Don’t dwell on the past, but rather focus on the future.
Mindset is everything, and the more you maintain a positive attitude, the easier the transition will be.
Create a Routine
When you’re first adjusting to your new life, you may be lacking familiarity and as a result, feel like a fish out of water. One of the fastest ways to adjust to your new life and make it feel familiar is by creating a routine. Set a schedule for things like when you plan to eat, when you plan to exercise, and of course when you plan to have personal time like reading.
A routine will help you feel more in control of your surroundings and reduce feelings of anxiety that you’re not in control. Above all, a routine makes you feel safe because you know what to anticipate throughout the day.
You may be feeling shy initially when you arrive at your new residence because you’re the new kid on the block. Yet, you’re not doing yourself any favors by holding yourself back.
Participate and get to know other residents. Engage in activities and attend social events. Everyone who’s living there was once where you are. Chances are they’ll be able to offer some great advice and support. Who knows, you may be living next door to the best friend you’ve ever had, you won’t know until you give it a shot!
Remember, the adjustment is a gradual process that will come slowly over time. Be patient with yourself and eventually, you’ll learn to love and thrive in your new living environment.