604.529.1019 | info@derbymanor.ca | 8601 16th Ave. Burnaby, BC V3N 0G1

Transitioning to senior independent living is a significant and exciting step. To ensure a smooth and stress-free move, it’s crucial to plan thoroughly. Our comprehensive checklist covers everything you need to consider before and after the move, from researching communities and budgeting to settling into your new home and engaging in community life. By following this guide, you can confidently navigate the process and embrace the vibrant, fulfilling lifestyle that senior independent living offers.

Here’s your essential checklist to make your move seamless and enjoyable.

Before the Move

1. Research Communities

  • Visit multiple communities
  • Compare amenities and services
  • Read reviews and testimonials

2. Budget Planning

  • Assess financial situation
  • Review costs and payment options
  • Consider long-term affordability

3. Medical Needs

  • Consult with healthcare providers
  • Ensure access to necessary medical services
  • Check proximity to hospitals and clinics

4. Lifestyle Preferences

  • Identify preferred activities and programs
  • Verify availability of desired amenities
  • Assess community culture and vibe

5. Legal and Documentation

  • Review contracts and agreements
  • Ensure proper documentation (ID, medical records)
  • Understand community policies

6. Downsizing

  • Plan what to bring and what to leave
  • Organize, donate, or sell unneeded items
  • Arrange for moving services

After the Move

1. Settle In

  • Unpack and organize personal belongings
  • Arrange for any needed interior adjustments
  • Familiarize yourself with the new space

2. Connect with Staff

  • Meet the community staff
  • Learn about available services and how to access them
  • Understand emergency procedures

3. Engage in Community Life

  • Attend orientation sessions
  • Participate in social events and activities
  • Introduce yourself to neighbors

4. Stay Active

  • Join fitness and wellness programs
  • Explore new hobbies and interests
  • Utilize transportation services for outings

5. Maintain Health

  • Schedule regular check-ups with local healthcare providers
  • Keep track of medications and health routines
  • Use wellness and health services provided by the community

6. Stay Connected

  • Use community resources to stay in touch with family and friends
  • Participate in family events and visits
  • Explore technology options for staying connected

Derby Manor Senior Living

By following this checklist, seniors can ensure a smooth transition to their new home and make the most of their senior independent living experience.
For more information and to see what Derby Manor has to offer, visit our website or contact us directly.