While many people think that a move to an assisted senior care community signals an end to their old way of life, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many people don’t think to look at downsizing from a different, much more positive, viewpoint. Downsizing can offer seniors a chance to clean the clutter out of their lives to make room for important, more meaningful things.
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at Warwick, a senior living community in Jamison, PA, downsizing is rarely looked at in the right point of view. “While it’s normal to be sad about leaving a large part of your past behind, it’s important to look to the future. You aren’t going backwards, your future is bright and everything that is to come should be celebrated,” she states. “There are so many things to look forward to when moving to an assisted senior care community and focusing on these positives can make downsizing much easier, more exciting and much more anticipated.”
10 Reasons You Should Smile About Downsizing
- You won’t have to worry about home improvement. Cleaning, yardwork and maintenance. Think about everything you have to do on a daily/weekly basis. Not only do these tasks become more dangerous over time, they become more tiresome. It can be freeing to not have to deal with the tedious tasks of homeownership and instead focus on the things you love the most. Downsizing to an assisted senior care community can free you from having to do all of those things, leaving you stress – and worry – free.
- Downsizing means more time for you. By downsizing to an assisted senior care community, you will be able to not only focus more on what makes you happy, but you can also have more time to do what you want to do, whenever you want to do it. Downsizing can help you to fill your days with what you love and what you are passionate about instead of tasks you have to do. This can lead to more purposeful and fulfilling days and a happier outlook on life.
- Be free to live on your own terms. Without the responsibilities that come with owning a home, you have more freedom to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. Don’t feel like cooking dinner? That’s good, because you don’t have to. Want to take a trip to the theatre or travel? Go for it. Thanks to downsizing, with less worries and less responsibility, you are free to come and go from the community as you choose.
- You can help other people. While sometimes it can be hard to let go of some of your possessions, it can help to have a motivation to part with them. If you or a loved one are having trouble deciding what to take with you when you move to your new community, it can be helpful to think of all of the people who could benefit by you giving these items away. It can be much easier to downsize if you think about giving your items to someone who needs them more than you do. Donate the items you no longer have a need for or give away the things you don’t use. Since you do not use them and may not think twice about them being gone, help someone who is in need and donate.
- Family heirlooms can be shared. If you have jewelry or other pieces in your home that were either passed down to you, such as your mother’s pearls or a painting from your grandfather, or if there are objects of great value to you, consider passing down these items as family heirlooms. By passing these treasured items down, you are creating memories and a legacy for future generations and making it easier to downsize. You may not have a use for these items after moving, but when you see your loved ones with the items that you held so dear, you may get just as much, if not more, joy out of having passed them down.
- Downsizing doesn’t mean everything has to be gone. Just because you are downsizing, it doesn’t mean everything has to go. Put some items in storage that you can’t quite part with yet and don’t need at your community. You can even let your family members hold on to some items just in case you end up wanting or needing them in the future. As time goes on, you may come to see that you do not need all the things you kept in storage and may even decide to go through it to downsize some more.
- Make some money from a yard sale. If there are some items that have too much value to give away but not quite important enough to be family heirlooms, consider having a yard sale to make some money while you downsize your life. You may end up making enough money to purchase some new decorations or furniture for your move to your new community. If you have all that you need, put the money back in savings or spend some money on experiences. Since you’ll now have the time and ability to do what you please, that money might come in much handier!
- Try selling items with consignment. This can be helpful when it comes to downsizing to an assisted senior care community. For items that you don’t need to sell right away or could have a lot of value, consider consignment. This means the items will be out of your way but there is still the potential for you to make money off of them. Keep in mind that the place you give these items to will take a percentage of whatever your items sell for. Make sure to find out all details of how and when you will get paid, as well as how much of a percentage they take of it.
- Think about the peace of mind you’ll have after downsizing. Not only does downsizing allow for the peace of mind of not having to do all the housework, maintenance or cooking, but you’ll also have the security of knowing that you are safe. Communities often have emergency call systems, around-the-clock staff and security to keep you protected.
- Downsizing enables you to start over. By moving to an assisted senior care community, you will have the opportunity to do more of what makes you, you, all while making new friends and opening yourself up to new possibilities. The door will be open to self-discovery, health and happiness.
Celebrate Your Downsizing Journey With Us!
“At The Bridges at Warwick, our assisted senior care community residents enjoy a lifestyle full of enriching activities and clubs, various dining opportunities and a staff that is encouraging, friendly and dedicated,” states Sue. “Come take advantage of our celebrated, empowering lifestyle and opportunities awaiting you. Come visit our community today!”
Activity. Friendship. Support. Convenience. Value.
Now open, you’ll find it all at The Bridges at Warwick, located in beautiful Bucks County, where every day is a celebration of seniors. Our philosophy of “Celebrating Life” means that our residents enjoy a sense of purpose and contentment along with fun, personalized care and a focus on total well-being.
Our Personalized Supportive Care provides just the right amount of assistance to help you remain independent, along with life-enriching programs, services and amenities. Our exclusive Vista Transitional Living Program is for our supportive care residents who have memory challenges but do not yet require a secure residence. For those whose memory loss is more advanced, we offer The Vista, our specialized, comprehensive memory care residence.
In keeping with our founder Robert Basile’s personal philosophy, developed during his efforts to find quality senior living for his beloved father, senior adults remain our passion. We fill our residents’ lives with countless opportunities to engage with both new and treasured friends; events and programs to enjoy with family members and loved ones; as well as innovative and creative activities that foster engagement. Our dedication to total wellness – for mind, body and spirit – is woven into our culture every day.