Monthly Archives: April 2016

So You’re on the Wait List – Now What?

What a journey it has been!  You’ve researched retirement communities online, visited with staff, gone on countless tours, asked a million questions, and finally settled on one that is a great fit for you.  They don’t have the apartment you are looking for available just yet, so you put down a deposit and find yourself a member of your community’s future resident club.

_K0C6727Now what?

For starters, you may want to take advantage of the opportunities that being a future resident presents.  You can participate in special community events created to help you get to know other residents and staff.  Once you have made a few friends, you can also enjoy a meal or two at the community and get a feel for the dining experience.  You may even want to spend an evening in a guest suite so you can get an idea of what it is like to spend an entire day there.

Something else to keep in mind – people can invest so much of their time and energy into finding the right retirement community that, when the time comes for the actual transition from home, they feel unprepared for the move. In addition to getting to know the retirement community better, your time in the future resident club also gives you a chance to get a head start on that transition process.  Here are a few things you can do to start getting ready for the move:

  • 1+ Months Before Moving:
    • Create a floor plan of your new apartment and decide on furniture placement.
    • Get estimates from 3-4 moving companies and start a file for moving paperwork.
    • If not using moving company, reserve a rental truck.
    • Inventory your household goods and remove clutter – do it room-by-room.
    • Complete change-of-address notifications. Here are some examples:
      • Post office
      • Driver’s License
      • Vehicle Registration
      • Voter Registration
      • IRS
      • Medicare and Social Security
      • Insurance
      • Cell Phone Service
      • Bank and Investment Accounts
      • Physicians and Dentists
      • Book Clubs
      • Cable TV
      • Renter’s Insurance and Home Owner’s Insurance
      • Home Security System
      • Church
      • Magazine/Newspaper Subscriptions
      • Credit Cards
      • Notify Friends and Relatives
    • Obtain medical records, legal and financial documents, birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.
    • Clean and fix carpets, drapes, and anything in your home that needs repair.
  • 2-Weeks Before Moving:
    • Schedule disconnect of all utilities the day after you are scheduled to leave.
    • Transfer prescription medications and have adequate supply on hand if needed.
    • Keep critical items like checkbooks, wallets, credit cards, flashlights, medications etc..in a separate, safe location so they can be accessed quickly and easily.
    • Arrange refund of any “last month” deposits that need to be returned.
  • 7 Days Before Moving:
    • Pack a travel kit and suitcase with clothing and other personal items.
    • Pack a box of items that will be needed first at your apartment. Label it as such.
    • Confirm moving date and time with professional movers (unless you are moving yourself).
    • Anything that is going in your car should be set aside so it does not get loaded into the moving truck.
  • Day Before/Day of Move:
    • Work ahead. An early start eliminates stress and confusion.
    • Check your home one final time before leaving – is heat/air conditioning off? Are the lights off?  Has the water been shut off?
    • Give yourself plenty of time to get situated in your new apartment.
    • When items arrive check them carefully and, if working with a mover, note carefully on your paperwork any damaged items.

Being a future resident allows you to get to know your retirement community and the people in it on a much deeper level before you move.  Having that familiarity with your new home – plus being prepared for the details of your move – takes much of the stress out of the transition.  If you have additional questions about this process, we would be honored to assist you.  Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for additional information or to contact the Primrose nearest to you.

Why Owning a Pet is Good for Your Health

Did you know that Americans spent over $60 billion on pets in 2015?  We certainly love animals in this country – and for good reason.  That furry puppy or kitten in your lap can help you to reduce stress, lower high pressure, and decrease your cholesterol among other things.

More than just a companion

For seniors, this is especially important, as is the increased social interaction that comes from having a friendly puppy on a leash as they take a walk through their local city park.

_K0C8205Of course, if you own a pet that needs to be walked, that means you are also going to go for a walk.  Increased physical activity is a major benefit of having a pet, because it can result in weight loss and strength gain – both of which contribute to lower medical costs, fewer minor health problems, and a general feeling of well-being that is good for both the body and the soul.

If you are living alone, having a pet for a companion can help you to feel less lonely too.  The Journal Anthrozooz indicates that, for seniors who are experiencing isolation or who may be mourning the recent death of a loved one, having a pet makes these difficult times easier to handle.  A one-year study of adults age 65 and older in the Journal of American Geriatrics also finds that pet ownership enhances their day-to-day activities and overall health.

Find out if your pet can accompany you

If you own a pet, make sure to ask the retirement communities that you visit if they are allowed.  Pet policies differ from place, and there are many variables at play including the type and size of pet that may be accepted.  If pets are not allowed, you may also want to ask if therapy animals are utilized.  They are extremely popular and, while perhaps not a replacement for a personal pet, can provide companionship and entertainment for residents on a regular basis.

At Primrose, we are proud to be pet-friendly.  Many of our residents across the country have pets, and they are happy to share them with other residents and visitors whenever the opportunity arises.  If you have any additional questions about pet ownership, or about senior living in general, Primrose would be honored to assist you.  Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for additional information and for contact info for the Primrose closest to you.

 

Eliminating Stress and Strengthening Family Bonds

Over 10,000 people turn 65 every day.  At some point, most of us will need to address the question of how to handle the changing health needs of our aging loved ones.  Every year, there are approximately 44 million Americans providing 37 billion hours of care.  While this experience can be very rewarding, it can also lead to increased levels of stress and fatigue which can be detrimental to family relationships.  These caregivers are a part of the “sandwich generation” – middle-aged adults who care for an aging loved-one while still working full-time and caring for their own families.

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Sometimes, aging parents in need of assistance are resistant to the idea of moving to a retirement community.  They can become reliant on their children to provide them with the help they need to remain at home.  This can be a good thing if the need is minimal – but it can cause strain on the parent-child relationship if care needs are too demanding or if health conditions are unfamiliar to the caregiver.
In a senior living environment with assisted living services, the care needs of each resident are assessed individually.  A personalized plan specific to those needs and with the individual’s health and safety in mind is then developed and administered by a professionally licensed nursing staff.  Medication is properly distributed, healthy dining options are plentiful, activities are provided, fellowship opportunities are abundant, and the environment is relaxed.  In fact, residents often find that they become more independent than when they were at home because their care needs are more effectively met and they become stronger and healthier as a result.

A new outlook on life and family

Once the transition to a retirement community is complete, an adult child is given a renewed opportunity to focus on their own personal needs and those of other family members. Relationships with loved ones take on a new identity as well – as the focus switches from a constant concern about health and well-being to the pure enjoyment of spending time together in a worry-free environment.

If you or a loved-one have questions about finding the right senior living option for you, we would be honored to help.  Visit www.primroseretirement.com for more information.