When you have decided on a retirement home you want to move into, get all the details on how they handle the transition process. They should have a well-documented admissions process to make the move as easy as possible. Acquire all forms and documents ahead of time, complete them and submit them as soon as you are done.
Ahead of the move, you will need to change your address with banks, government services, on your driver's license, etc. This is just as you would require for any move, of course.
Getting outside help with the move into a residence
Transitions bring their own unique challenges, the sale of your current home, sorting, packing and moving, appraisal of belongings, cleaning and preparing your home for sale. With all these things to deal with don't become overwhelmed, there are professionals like Gordon's Estate Services to help you move on. There are also "home-packing services" such as Marsha's Helping Hands. These people are experts in understanding the transition process and handling it as delicately and professionally as posible.
Seniors' home staff can also help
Be sure that you and the seniors' home staff understand what day and time you will be moving in. Find out what assistance will be on hand to greet you and lead you. Prepare a complete list of all your "moving day duties and requirements." Contact the home ahead of time to get advice on what you will need to do and how to fully prepare.
You can expect the best retirement homes to have transition management services for all new residents. This may include several staff and as much fuss as you might want, as you move into your luxurious new home.
Sometime before moving in, ask if you can review and inspect the suite you will be moving into, once it is empty and ready for you. At this time, you can measure the room, plan where to put your furniture and more fully imagine the new life you are moving into. Review what services will be available, what appliances are on site and which you will require. For example, can you or do you need to have a toaster in your room? Reviewing all this will certainly make the move easier.
Review the retirement home's admissions pre-agreement, and make sure that you fully understand your rights as an impending resident.