- Disabilities & the Disabled
Come With Me to My New Digs
A New Beginning
This is the facility I chose. I visited three others in my area, but loved this one. When given a tour I fell in love with one room on the third floor.. It has a bay window with a beautiful view of Mt. Timpanogas.
So, How Do You Know You Are Ready?
Let's back track a bit. How do you know you are ready to make the transition to independent living? If you feel the need to make your life easier without giving up your independence then this might be your next step. I decided I needed easier access into my house and a walk -in shower. I can only stand up for about two minutes, so I needed someone to cook for me. These were all things I used as an evaluation of my situation. Did I need more care than that? No. I did not need assisted living.Also, I recognized that getting this help now might lengthen my life.
1. How easy is it for you to maintain your current home? Can you keep up your yard, or those extra rooms now empty? Is your house accessible to you? Are there troublesome stairs that never used to bother you? Independent living will give you more freedom and flexibility, as you spend less time on negotiating difficult situations
2. Is it difficult for you to connect with friends and family?
running the risk of depression is always a concern if you are constricted by your mobility. If you have trouble driving or trouble walking you will not be able to see people as much. In an independent living community you will find instant friends. Many facilities provide excursions and activities.
3.How easy is it to get around? do you have to drive much to see friends, etc? do you feel comfortable driving? Many independent living facilities provide transportation.
4.How is my health (and the health of my spouse)? Consider you present and future health when making this decision. If you have health conditions that will worsen with time you may want to consider assisted living, instead. Can you manage the activities of daily living?
In evaluating your self, if you see that you need only minor assistance , independent living may be right for you.
- Living in a retirement community means losing independence
- Moving away from my family means no one will be around to help when needed.
- Moving to independent living means saying goodbye to hobbies such as gardening.
These are only myths. Independent Living means exactly that. You will still be independent. I still keep my own hours, drive my own car, and do whatever I want. As for getting help, there is always plenty of staff more than willing to help me. I do all my hobbies as before. If I wanted to garden, there are raised planters on the back patio.
I Happily Moved In
After arranging for a mover that was willing to move a small load, I began packing up. I wanted to be ready with no last minute stress. My trusty movers arrived on time, spent about an hour at my house and then another hour moving my stuff in. I chose some of my favorite furniture and decided on a rustic look for the apartment .My antique desk fit just perfectly. I felt it was important to express my personality in my rooms. This is important because it reinforces the feeling of independence.
One of the first tenants I talked to told me how good the security is here. The doors are locked at 10:00pm (although you can still come and go after that hour) No one can just walk in and go to your apartment without first checking in at the front desk. I had not thought about this before, and it made me feel more secure.
I Brought My Hobbies With Me
I brought all my art supplies and many of my paintings to my apartment. I planned how I would be able to spend my extra time painting and playing my flute. My music stand sits in a corner, ready for me to practice at any time.Of course, I brought my computer and am ready to write, too! I am a happy camper.
Things to Do to Make Moving Easier
Moving into a new environment can be stressful. Here are some things you can do to make it easier:
- Make your apartment an expression of your personality. Bring your favorite pieces of furniture. Decorate in your own style and panache.
- As soon as you decide to make the transition, start packing. Being ready will eliminate a lot of stress.
- Learn everything you can about your new living facility. Fear is created by the unknowns in our life. Make sure you know all there is to know about your new home.
- Once you have moved in, get to know the other residents. Don't keep to yourself. Friendship eliminates stress.
- Give yourself a break. It will take a while to get acclimated to your new life style.
Here I am, Moved in and Happy
I am very happy here.Everyone is friendly and helpful. I have housekeeping service, cable , internet, parking , meals, and outings, too.We have gone on shuttle bus excursions together and I am enjoying my new friendships.I have been to Park City (Utah) Bridal Veil Falls , and tomorrow we are going to an aquarium. In my next article I will tell you all about it.