Most people have no experience packing up and moving to a brand-new community. However, there may be a time when you want to have professional support to help you stay healthy and to live your best life. In that case, an assisted living community in Phoenix, AZ, may be just what you’re looking for. It’s natural to wonder what it’s like to make the transition into assisted living and what you can expect along the way. At BridgeWater Assisted Living, we want to help you feel as prepared and relaxed as possible. Here are a few things that it may help to know:
Moving into an assisted living community can immediately remove a lot of your day-to-day stressors. BridgeWater, for instance, has housekeeping services, in-house catering, and on-site transportation if you don’t wish to drive. Folks living in the community can spend their time doing whatever it is they enjoy without the hassles of getting to their appointments or making weekly trips to the grocery store.
In assisted living, you’re free to be as active as you want to be. There are on-site and off-site recreational facilities and trips to some of the most beautiful parks and vistas in the western United States. You can make your own meals for family or friends in your apartment, or you can simply order what you like from the kitchen: it’s up to you. It’s important to know that assisted living is just that—assisted. Twenty-four-seven medical care is available if you need it, and the community staff is present to make life’s tasks easier. Before you move in, you’ll meet with community staff to decide together what level of care is right for you.
There are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare. Part of any move is taking stock of what you need and what you’ll want to leave behind. The apartments in assisted living communities are cozy by design. A smaller space is easier to maintain and keep tidy—which can go a long way toward making you feel calm and secure. You’ll want to find a good home for any large pieces of furniture or bulky appliances before you move. Your apartment is your own, but assisted living communities also provide a lot of what you need so you can keep what’s most important and not worry about the little things.
It’s also important to visit any community you may be thinking of moving to. Meet the other residents, come to one of the happy hours, or tag along on a trip to a park or museum. It can be immensely helpful to talk to other seniors about how they made the transition into assisted living and what recommendations they have. At BridgeWater, you can drop in any time during the day or make an appointment for a specific activity if you’d like.
Any move can be stressful but knowing what to expect can help a lot as you prepare to navigate life’s transitions.