When is the ideal time to relocate to a senior community? Given the numerous advantages that senior retirement living may provide independent and active older persons, there simply isn't a wrong response. But whether the shift is made easy or not might absolutely depend on the time of year. For instance, moving during the winter can be difficult, but doing so during the summer can be a lot more fun, according to Laurie Ralston, marketing director at Kingswood Senior Living.
"Summer is a great time to move because the days are longer, the weather is more tolerable than snow or rain, and you're moving into a community when they have tons of opportunities and events," she says. This will be especially true in the summer of 2021 when COVID-19 limitations will be loosened and people will be eager to enjoy the outdoors and their local communities.
Whatever time you decide to move into senior housing, according to Laurie, the most crucial thing is to be eager and prepared for the change. "The best time to move is when you're ready because then you'll be better equipped to enjoy everything the community has to offer," she advises. "We really appreciate it when folks move into Kingswood in the summer because it gives them time to unpack and get settled before the holidays. Everyone is aware that after September, the remainder of the year seems to be filled with events, commitments, and obligations. If you moved into a retirement home during the summer, you'll be prepared to take it easy and enjoy the holidays.
Here are five reasons why summer may be the ideal time to make your transition into retirement living if you've been thinking about it but are unsure when the optimum time would be:
1. Conditions Are Perfect for Moving
First things first: summer simply has nicer weather. You will have passed the spring heavy rain and tornado season and have not yet reached the fall heavy rain and tornado season, despite the possibility of some high temperatures. When the weather is nice, you can manage your move's specifics without worrying about inclement weather.
2. More Affordable Property
Let's be honest. There is never a bad moment to sell your house, particularly in the competitive property market of today. However, because families are attempting to time their moves around summer vacation, the summer is still a terrific season to sell a property. The summer is the ideal time to sell your property if you need to do so before or while making the transition to retired living.
3. Less Chances of Contracting Diseases
Even while vaccination rates are rising and COVID-19 rates are declining, some seniors may continue to worry about potential health problems. That's okay; the summer allows you to spend more time outside in the fresh air, which dramatically lowers your chance of being sick. A lot more people will also have received vaccinations by the summer, considerably lowering the chance of exposure.
4. Days Are Longer
Have you ever noticed how much more effective you are over the longer days? As a result of the increased daylight hours, moving during the summer offers the chance to move things along more rapidly. For older folks, longer days translate to higher energy and even safer surroundings. When it's summertime, you have less possibility of slipping on ice or feeling the chill of winter. That's also quite great.
5. More Chances to Meet People
There is no question that moving into senior living can be a significant transition for you. That is why moving during the summer may be so advantageous. You have the chance to "turn the page" before occasions that are ripe with emotional connection, like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Moving in the summer allows you to finish one chapter of your life while giving yourself time to settle in before the "traditional '' get-togethers happen. Moving in the fall and winter can be challenging in many ways, such as having to plan around family obligations. Since there are fewer obligations in the summer, it is simpler for you to concentrate on your relocation and overall well being.
How to Manage a Summer Move
Here are some suggestions to make the move into senior living even simpler if you or a loved one is thinking about doing so during the summer.
Pick a reliable moving business. A moving business that specializes in assisting senior citizens move from living in a private house to a community is one that Kingswood partners with. Making the correct choice for your move will help it go more smoothly (and relieve some of your stress).
As soon as you can, downsize and organize your home. Additionally to making moving and packing simpler, keep in mind that the summer is the busiest season for garage and estate sales. This is the ideal time of year to relocate items with the least amount of fuss if you have a lot of things to get go of.
Visit the neighborhood frequently and take precise measurements. You can lessen the stress of the transition and feel more at "home" when you formally move in by touring the community before the big move. This enables you to get a sense of the area and maybe meet people before you move in.
Recognize that change can be upsetting. Even while we all want change to be simple and painless, keep in mind that moving is really tough for everyone concerned. Realize that not everything will be sunshine and roses by taking a big breath. However, moving can be a little less stressful because of the wonderful weather and longer days, which will make your move that much more joyful!