Five Tips for Your Move to a Life Plan Community

senior woman packing to move to a life plan community

Your retirement journey begins – or continues – when you make the decision to live in a Life Plan Community like The Oaks at Bartlett.

Whether you’ve just made the choice to move or have been preparing for a while, the process involves enough moving parts to make your head spin. Luckily, we’ve put together some pointers to help make moving easier and more manageable.

Keep reading to learn five tips for your move to a Life Plan Community.

Meet with your certified Senior Move Manager®.

The transition from your home to a retirement community can be challenging. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Moving to a community like The Oaks at Bartlett means you’ll be connected with Honoring Aging, experts in senior moving and downsizing.

Once you’ve made the deposit on your senior apartment, Honoring Aging’s certified Senior Move Managers® and move-in coordinators will discuss any customizations you plan to make to your new living space. They’ll also answer any questions you have about the moving process itself.

Make a moving checklist.

There are many factors to consider when moving, and it’s easy to overlook some things that might not be top of mind.

For example, canceling cable and/or internet service is a common oversight. Prepare yourself for the moving process by creating a moving checklist that covers what’s done, what needs to be done, and what you’ll do when you arrive in your new home.

Plan for your new living space.

For your initial consultation, Honoring Aging may request that they meet in your current home with a move-in coordinator. By photographing your current living space, they can develop a moving and design plan tailored to your unique living needs for your new living space.

The move-in coordinator will also measure your furniture as part of the move-in coordination meeting. With the help of the measurements, they’ll narrow down what will fit in your new space based on the floor plans available. Your current furniture may not be suitable for your apartment after these discussions, so you may want to shop for some new pieces. And what better time to do so than the next chapter of your retirement?

Embrace downsizing.

Whether you’re energized by the opportunity to get rid of what you don’t need or dread the task of deciding what to take with you to your new home, the moving process can be a mixed bag. While a downsize will confer benefits if you’re in the latter category, waiting until the last minute can make the process a bit more stressful. That’s why coming up with a moving plan and staying on track will make things easier. 

Prepare for the move by consulting a downsizing checklist.

Explore your new Life Plan Community.

At The Oaks at Bartlett, you’ll be part of a community that includes a range of life-enriching services and amenities, lifestyle benefits, socialization, delicious food, and convenient access to a full continuum of care.

Typically, a schedule of upcoming events is provided after your initial deposit is made, along with an invitation to get to know the place you’ll soon call home. Socializing opportunities with other residents will be plentiful, and they may even be able to offer practical advice regarding moving and adjusting to the community. 

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The Oaks at Bartlett: Good People. Real Community.

As a Life Plan Community, we offer independent living and multiple levels of care. This includes assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and respite care

Connect with our team to learn more about our partnership with Honoring Aging.