Senior Moving

At Monarch, we believe that life doesn’t stop when moving into senior living; rather it’s simply embarking on a new stage of life. Therefore, we can be there to guide you through this tough but ultimately rewarding stage.

This all starts with the first step of selecting a senior living community as your new home; and while this is a very large step, keep in mind again that it’s only the first step—there is still quite a bit more to do.

We’re here for you. Moving–and overall change–isn’t as hard when you don’t do it alone. Not only does the caring staff at Monarch work with each and every potential resident to discover the best fit for themselves or a loved one (including options for independent living, assisted living, memory care, etc.), but we also help families coordinate their move-ins in order for the process to be less stressful and to overall ensure that the transition to senior living is successful for everyone involved.

There’s downsizing, planning the moving experience, settling in and all those half-steps that go in between. We’ll guide you through it all; from packing that first box to settling in the first day in your new home.

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Step 1. Preparing for the Move

BECOMING PART OF THE COMMUNITY

You or your loved one do not have to wait until the movers are on your doorstep to become part of the community. Getting to know the staff and residents before move-in day can go a long way in easing jitters.

For example, many Monarch Communities have open doors for visitors to come in and enjoy a meal, participate in activities, and get to know the new neighbors.

Plus, it’s important to include the staff at this part of the moving process. They will be more than happy to help in any way they can such as offering recommendations like realtors, senior moving companies, and professional packing services.

By talking to our staff before move-in, we’re also trying to get to know you—our new friend and resident. It is our mission to see residents, both current and future, from a lens that is telling of their larger story. It is an honor and humbling experience to learn about your loved one: What are their likes? Their dislikes? Their history? What makes your loved one… your loved one? This information helps us forge a better, more sensitive, and more personal relationship with each resident before they ever settle into their new home.

In turn, families achieve peace of mind knowing their loved ones are receiving specialized care from a community of compassionate individuals before and after moving in.

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Step 2: Packing

Whether it’s long-distance moving or you need other types of full-service senior moving services, you’re well on your way to a successful transition to senior citizen living. Now it’s time to get to work on the actual move itself.

STRESS-FREE DOWNSIZING

You or your loved one do not have to wait until the movers are on your doorstep to become part of the community. Getting to know the staff and residents before move-in day can go a long way in easing jitters.

For example, many Monarch Communities have open doors for visitors to come in and enjoy a meal, participate in activities, and get to know the new neighbors.

Plus, it’s important to include the staff at this part of the moving process. They will be more than happy to help in any way they can such as offering recommendations like realtors, senior moving companies, and professional packing services.

By talking to our staff before move-in, we’re also trying to get to know you—our new friend and resident. It is our mission to see residents, both current and future, from a lens that is telling of their larger story. It is an honor and humbling experience to learn about your loved one: What are their likes? Their dislikes? Their history? What makes your loved one… your loved one? This information helps us forge a better, more sensitive, and more personal relationship with each resident before they ever settle into their new home.

In turn, families achieve peace of mind knowing their loved ones are receiving specialized care from a community of compassionate individuals before and after moving in.

Step 3. Moving In

MOVING DAY

To help the day go smoothly, make sure to:

  • Have Everything Ready: All new resident paperwork should be complete and you’ve oriented yourself to the community and its policies.
  • Connect With Staff: Monarch communities have people on staff that can help new residents feel welcome and prepared.
  • Unpack and Set Up the New Space: As one of the first steps, this will help make it feel like home right away.
  • Pick Other Residents’ Brains: Keep in mind, the residents have been where you are and may have some tips from when they first moved. Plus, it’s a good conversation starter.
  • Enjoy Your First Meal: Even if you’ve visited prior, that first meal as a resident can be a significant experience. Have a family member join you as you meet and talk with new friends and neighbors.

DESIGN FOR YOUR NEW HOME

You’ve worked hard unpacking and now it’s time to have a little fun designing for the new home. Although the floor plan won’t be nearly the same, we can help you make it work with these design ideas for smaller spaces.

Decide on a Color Scheme: Whether it’s the walls, furniture or décor, having neutral or light colors will create a feeling of openness and space.

  • Use Smaller Pieces: Opt for a love seat versus a full-size couch, a table that seats four versus your full dining set for 12. And finally, utilize nesting tables that you can take out or store as needed.
  • Make the Most of Dual Purpose: A creative way to gain some extra space is by using dual purpose items such as an ottoman with storage inside.
  • Add a Mirror: Mirrors can help expand spaces, reflect daylight and break up visual clutter. Place one opposite a window so it reflects the view or place one behind a light source.
  • Go Up: Maximize your vertical space with shelving and/or tall pieces that go up to the ceiling; not only do you get more storage, it makes the ceiling look taller.
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