Making the transition to independent living requires planning and discussion. When seniors decide to transition to a senior living home, one of the most pressing concerns is downsizing their current home. It can be overwhelming trying to decide what to keep, what to store, and what to let go. It’s a decision-making process that affects the whole family. However, one way to make decisions easier is by knowing what you won’t need to bring with you in retirement. At Northfield, we offer a variety of services and amenities that can make downsizing a smoother process.
Examine Your Budget to Downsize for Retirement
In retirement, most individuals will be living on a fixed budget. When downsizing for retirement, it’s important to make a checklist of what you can afford and what would be best for you to let go. One cost is keeping a car. Between making payments, keeping up with insurance, gas, and maintenance, keeping a car during retirement can be a significant expense. However, many seniors feel they need a car to maintain their freedom. At Northfield, we understand this, which is why we offer extensive transportation services for our residents. We’re able to schedule times to pick up and drop off our residents at nearly any location they desire. This allows residents to save money and still maintain their mobility and freedom from isolation.
Involving Everyone in the Transition to Independent Living
It makes sense to start the downsizing process sooner rather than later. For many of use, downsizing means tackling the possessions gathered over a lifetime. Just practically speaking, it can be incredibly time-consuming to sort through your belongings or those of parents. Once the decision has been made to move to an independent living community, families need to start the downsizing process. At the very least, individuals need to start paring down at least one month before listing their current home for sale.
Perhaps the most important aspect of downsizing is making sure everyone in the household is satisfied with the decisions being made and that the whole family is involved. Sorting through the clutter, making decisions about furniture and keepsakes, and simply physically moving everything to a new location or taking it to places to sell or donate requires a good group of help. Getting friends and family involved makes the transition easier, both smoother and more enjoyable.
Downsize Room-to-Room with Senior Living Services in Mind
A community of active seniors like that at Northfield has a lot of amenities. One of our amenities is an extensive dining service. While residents have the option to cook for themselves in their home in our community, we provide three meals a day to all residents. These restaurant-style meals are healthy and made based on the dietary needs of residents and their preferences. However, what this service means is that families won’t have to bring with them most of their kitchen appliances, dishes, china, or their dining room furniture when making the transition to senior living. Therefore, families can eliminate these items from their move. Items from your kitchen or dining room make excellent items for a yard sale, donate, or pass along to your adult children to enjoy.
It can be difficult to downsize, to decide on what to let go and what to keep. Fortunately, Northfield makes the decisions a bit simpler by providing residents with the amenities they need to live a less cluttered but more full life in our independent living community. Downsizing decisions are made easier when you have certain areas provided for you. For instance, our community provides every resident with the following:
- Activities: Staying active is vital in retirement, so we organize regular events, outings, and other activities.
- Transportation: We gladly arrange transportation to and from nearly any location our residents request.
- Health and wellness: Fitness classes and modern equipment are available at our health center.
- Dining services: We provide three meals a day catering to our residents’ preferences and making sure they are eating healthy and happy. Our dining area is a social gathering place, making it a hub of activity in our community.
- Housekeeping: We offer regularly scheduled light housekeeping and on-demand housekeeping, taking the burden of daily chores off the backs of our residents.