Change can be tough, particularly when you’re embarking on a major life transition. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. Think back to when you moved to your college dorm, your first apartment, your first home. Were you nervous yet looking forward to new beginnings at the same time? Moving to senior living can be thought of similarly for your loved one. They’re likely feeling that mix of emotions and fear of the unknown about the changes in their life. But you can give them confidence and peace of mind by being proactive in their transition to senior living in Florida. Here’s how:

Helping Your Loved One Transition to Senior Living in Florida

1. Put Yourself in Their Shoes

Don’t approach the move to senior living from a purely practical standpoint. Consider that you may very well be in those shoes yourself at some point so think about how you would feel. Listen to your loved one’s fears and concerns, hold their hand and discuss the future together. A little empathy can go such a long way, and lets your loved one know you’re on their side.

2. Don’t Wait Until Moving Day

Sure you’ve visited at least once when choosing the right community, but don’t stop there. Getting to know the community, the staff and new neighbors before move-in day can help your loved one to feel much more comfortable. So visit often with your loved one to have a meal or even participate in activities. Plus, it’s a great way to share your loved ones preferences and get any lingering questions answered.

3. Play Up the Positives

Make sure your loved one knows what they’re gaining by moving to senior living in Florida. They’ll enjoy a worry-free lifestyle with spacious accommodations, restaurant-style dining and plenty of amenities, plus home maintenance, housekeeping and laundry taken care of for them. This allows ample time for enjoying all the clubs, classes, events and outings on the monthly calendar. And with help available 24-hours a day, an environment designed for limited mobility and just the right amount of support, your loved you may actually have more independence and peace of mind than at home.

4. Add Personal Touches

Ask the community for a copy of the floor plan as well as any recommendations and/or restrictions on what you can bring. With this preparation done ahead of time, on moving day you can quickly set up your loved one’s space so it feels like home with photos, keepsakes, personal items and furniture pieces that are comfortable and familiar. And don’t forget to bring clothes, shoes, toiletries, even favorite snacks, books and music.

5. Get them Involved

Your loved one should have no worries about finding a way to fit in as senior living communities in Florida typically have new resident ambassadors (or some type of buddy system) to help them feel welcome. Check with the community about this, if they don’t mention it first! They’ll pair them with a person or persons who share similar interests and you may be surprised at how quickly new friendships begin. Plus, these residents have been where your loved one is and can offer tips that helped them when they first moved.

See how we partner with families in helping loved ones transition to senior living in Florida. Contact Sonata today to schedule a visit →

5 Tips on Moving your Loved One to a Senior Living Community in Florida


There’s no place like home, right? For many seniors, this is absolutely the case.

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