Now that you have chosen to move into a retirement community, you may be feeling out of place. This is, of course, common when one is transitioning from their life-long home to a new residence. It will take some time, but with a little effort, you can make your new location feel like home. Here are five ways to make you feel at home in your new retirement community.
TIP #1: GET TO KNOW YOUR GEOGRAPHICAL SURROUNDINGS
While many of you may have been living in the Central Florida area for years, some of the residence may have moved from another state. Familiarizing yourself with your geographical surroundings will go a long way in your understanding where your home is.
Getting to know the climate patterns you can expect as well as the unexpected hurricanes or tornadoes that may occur from time to time in this area is important. Knowing about your local climate can be helpful in planning your days, as well as how to stock your shelves for the unexpected.
Knowing your geographical area’s roadways is helpful for when you venture out of your retirement community into the local surrounding community. This can save you from both loss of time and stress while out shopping or attending various appointments.
TIP #2: GET TO KNOW YOUR NEW RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Getting to know your new retirement community is a must. When you first visited your community, you were most likely given an extended tour of the premises prior to your actual move. After you move, if you aren’t shy, you may want reach out to another resident who has been there longer than you and ask for a “friend tour”. If you are shy, get over it. These people are friendly and want to get to know you as badly as you want to have friends.
TIP #3: GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
Asking another resident for a ‘friend tour” is just one way to get to know your neighbors. Other ways are to attend community functions like game night or “outside of the facility” group functions. Additionally you could reach out and invite your neighbors over for coffee and cookies: one at the time or several if you are adventurous.
Neighbors can be a great way to obtain information about your new surroundings. Ask them about local shops, doctors, lawyers, and such. They will surely have some good information for your educational advancement of your new residence.
TIP #4: GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL VENDORS
Getting to know your local vendors is a must. Who has the best produce? Where is the friendliest hair salon? All of these things are important to know when relocating to a new residence. Shopping your local vendors is also a great way to support your local community.
TIP #5: GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS
Who doesn’t want to be entertained? There is much to do around Central Florida and this is another important leg in your educational journey while getting to know your new retirement community. If you can’t find enough to keep you entertained around your immediate retirement community, then grab a local community advertisement and check out what’s happening throughout the community at large. You may be a fan of concerts in the park or wine-tasting get-togethers. Whatever is your joy, seek it out. Remember, there are probably other’s who also have your same interests. Why not post a note on your community bulletin board to find those of like mind to attend some of the functions with you.
Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.
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