Like any new beginning, moving to a retirement community can bring on feelings of stress and uncertainty. But there are many ways to ease the transition and make the first days in a retirement community some of the best. At Sonrisa Senior Living, we have helped our new residents move in, feel at home, and embrace all that luxury living has to offer. Here’s what we have learned. Bring family or friends on moving day The process of moving to a retirement community is a challenge for many seniors and having friends or family there to help can be a huge comfort, not only physically, but emotionally as well. Having loved ones near will allow new residents to unpack and settle in sooner and give everyone time to become acclimated to the retirement community as a whole. For shy seniors, friends and family can also help introduce them to neighbors, ask questions of staff, allowing them to feel at home sooner and with less stress. To help speed up introductions, check out our blog “Break the Ice: Tips for Making New Friends in Your New Retirement Community Home.”
Take a break from unpacking Unpacking is an essential part of creating a new home, but it doesn’t have to happen all at once. After essentials are unpacked, take a break to enjoy some of the many amenities and take time to rest and relax. At Sonrisa this can mean literally taking a nap poolside, unwinding with a yoga class in the studio, or joining a new neighbor for a cup of coffee or glass of wine inside or out at the Bistro Café. At Sonrisa, we know slow and sure is better than overdoing it and we are always available to help.
Fine tune your décor One of the most exciting aspects of moving to a retirement community is the chance to create and embellish a new home to fit the resident’s new independent lifestyle. After downsizing, many seniors find they have more space and less clutter which can make for new and interesting interior options. Thanks to the uniquely beautiful floor plans at Sonrisa, our residents can easily make their new apartments reflect their taste and style with little cost or effort. For great ideas, check out our blog, “How to Make Your Retirement Home Look Great Without Hiring a Pro Decorator.” Pamper yourself
When the move to a retirement community is complete and the hard work is done, a great way to recover is to reward yourself by doing something just for you. At Sonrisa, this might include spending time rejuvenating at the Day Spa, getting a manicure or new hair style in the salon or barber shop, or lounging by the pool with a good book and refreshing beverage. Having the luxury of indulging your desires and whims will set the stage for even better days ahead meeting new friends, spending time with guests, and enjoying the scrumptious chef-prepared meals in our elegant dining room. Another treat might be a trip to beautiful downtown Roseville where shopping, museums, the arts, and great restaurants await. Start an exercise routine
The first days in a new retirement community home are a great time to start getting the daily exercise seniors need to stay at top of their game. At Sonrisa Senior Living our active residents have plenty of opportunities right on site to get the exercise and have fun doing it. New residents are encouraged to take part in the action in the Fitness Center, resort-style pool, playing pickleball, bocce ball or horseshoes, or sharpening golf skills on the putting green. At Sonrisa residents can also choose to take a group class like dancing or water exercise, walk or jog with friends or pets, or flex their green thumbs in the raised-bed gardens. To set up a plan for daily exercise, the healthline.com blog, “Exercise Plans for Seniors” offers an easy template to get started.
Taking the step to move to a luxury retirement community like Sonrisa will make seniors wonder what took them so long! Check out our website to find out more about Sonrisa Senior Living, and contact us to schedule a tour.