Change is challenging for anyone. It may take a few days, weeks, or months to get used to living in a new environment. Here are some tips that might help:

  • Decide what furniture, clothes, and personal items you will bring. For the rest, you may choose to donate, sell, or store them off-site.
  • May people struggle with the deciding what to bring and what to leave. Start packing as far in advance as possible. Allow friends and loved ones to help you.
  • Once you are moved in, try to get out and meet people in your new community. Participate in activities. Stay busy. Eventually, you will start to feel more comfortable in your surroundings. If you don’t, talk with a staff member about ways in which they can help.
  • If you utilize laundry services, label your clothes and washable items to avoid any mix-ups.
  • Try to remain positive. This is a major change. Talk to your friends and family about your feelings.