When families begin to discuss a senior loved one’s transition to an assisted living facility, many issues surface. Everyone in the family has their own idea about where the best community is, how much to spend, and so on. Even determining when to move can be difficult. Is it better to move during the summer or winter? Or is it fall that reigns supreme?
The decision to migrate is frequently an individual one based on a specific situation of an older person. Circumstances such as sickness or the sale of a home might force a relocation. Encourage older people to relocate in the fall if they have a choice about when to depart. Here are some more reasons why it’s ideal to move in the fall.
Reasons for Moving to Assisted Living This Fall
Move ahead of the snow: Dragging boxes and furnishings across fallen leaves may not be ideal, but it’s less so than dragging them through ice and snow. An older adult might avoid the messiness of a winter relocation by making a change before the weather gets worse.
Enjoy the holidays: Residents of assisted living homes look forward to the holidays, which are a joyful season for those who live in retirement residences. From choirs that come to sing carols to decorating the hallways with holly and ribbons, a senior who moves during the fall will be settled in and ready to join in the holiday traditions.
Better rates for movers: The peak moving months are June, July, and August. As a result, hiring a moving company may be more expensive during these months. A senior might be able to get a lower rate by waiting until late September or early October when rates begin to drop.
Transportation services: If you live in an area where ice and snow are common, doing errands and driving to appointments during the winter might not be your idea of fun. The same may be said about summer heat and humidity. A senior may use the community’s door-to-door transportation service if he or she moves to an assisted living facility.
Better variety of choices: During the holidays, when families tend to return home, inquiries and visits about moving into assisted living facilities typically peak in November, December, and January. That implies there is a greater demand for available assisted living homes. A senior will almost certainly beat the rush of people looking to relocate during the holiday season because.
Opportunities for socializing: Another benefit of relocating in the fall is the opportunity to participate in daily on-site life enrichment activities. On-site activities, such as chair yoga and art workshops, may help elders keep active and engaged even when the winter winds are howling outside. It’s not necessary to go out into the snow to workout at a gym or attend a book club.
Better nutrition: Many older people, especially those who live alone, eat diets that are less than ideal. It’s easy to understand why a lack of transportation to the grocery store or a lack of motivation to prepare meals for one might cause this. This fall, by moving, you will be able to provide your elderly loved one with healthy food every day. In no time at all, your loved one will start looking and feeling better!
If you’ve been putting off talking about moving with a senior loved one, there’s no time like the present. Call Briarcliffe Preserve to schedule a private tour today!