A NOTE FROM JAKE
As 2018 is now closed and in the books, we look ahead to a new beginning with 2019. In times like these, I reflect on many things that give me joy here at Sodalis: our wonderful residents, associates, and friends. Having such a wonderful community where we all support one another and lift each other up is a blessing to us all.
As we welcome in even more residents on our way to being completely full, please remember the mixed emotions that perhaps you had when you moved in (or you moved a loved one in). Remember that folks are nervous, excited, and perhaps apprehensive with their new home.
We are all here for everyone, every day. Thank you for being part of our community, team, and family!
Patricia spent 42 years as a Mary Kay representative. Her retiring position was Director of Sales. She earned the title of Queen of Sales twice and earned 4 pink Cadillac’s and 7 fur coats for her achievements. She loved her job and stated that she wouldn’t change a thing and if they called her to go back, she wouldn’t think twice. She loves to watch movies in her spare time now and loves to stay active and help others.
DID YOU KNOW….
Downsizing should be a family event that can bring a smile, offer support and reminisce about fond memories for you and your loved one. Now that you have found the perfect next chapter home, what do you do to help downsize into a manageable move. Here are 6 steps to consider:
MAKE A PLAN
When you see the move on the horizon, take a calendar and set dates and make sure all family is on board. Define goals and what will take place on those productive days. Write down the task and who will be involved and share with the group.
MAKE A LIST BEFORE YOU START GOING THROUGH THINGS
Make a list of mandatory possessions to bring to the new home. Walk around the current home and start pulling things out and tag will go with them. *If the valued possessions are missed with this first step, think twice about taking them when they are discovered in the move.
START WITH THE UNSENTIMENTAL STUFF
Parting with your kitchen gadgets, garage and secondary bedrooms first will prove to go fast and excite you to tackle the rest. Pack the items that are a definite NO.
VISIT YOUR NEW HOME FREQUENTLY BEFORE YOU MOVE IN
When moving into your senior living community, spend time there before you move with your loved ones and visualize your favorite possessions there and map out where things will go. This will help you realize what items won’t fit or what won’t be necessary anymore.
DON’T THROW ITEMS AWAY IF YOU CAN HELP IT
Try to find others who would enjoy your treasures, so it eases the thought that you have thrown things away. It’s not as difficult to part with possessions when you know they bring others joy.
Downsizing is a chance to reminisce and celebrate successes in your life. Include your family and friends so they can hear the stories and see the items that you have collected through the years. Have a glass of wine and celebrate your next step!