1. Provide your family with contact information.

Make sure they have the names of the managers or administrators at the property, as well as a back-up contact in case of an emergency.

2. Let yourself adjust.

Your move is a major change and it will take some time for you to adapt. If you don’t feel right at home right away, don’t worry – you will soon.

3. Introduce your family.

Bring your family members to your new home during the first few weeks. Get them to join you for a meal so they can experience the atmosphere and food. You can also enjoy the same family activities that you did in your previous home, like playing games, reading or crafting, or introduce them to one of the new activities you’ve discovered here.

4. Attend an event.

Invite your family and friends to community activities and events, and introduce them to your new friends.

5. Get to know the staff.

The staff will become your extended family, so fill them in on your life, loved ones, likes and dislikes and any other information they can use to enhance your lifestyle

Moving yourself or a parent or loved one to a senior living community can be one of the most difficult and emotional transitions a family can go through. We are more than happy to help families discuss their needs during this time and arrange a visit to The Grand Constantia. www.thegrandconstantia.com