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3 Essential Tips for Moving into an Independent Senior Living Community

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You have done your research, made the decision to move into an independent senior living community, and even found the one that is the right fit for you. All that is left to do is move in! If you are not prepared, though, this could be the most stressful part.

According to a survey conducted by OnePoll, “45% of respondents say that moving is by far the most stressful event in life.” The good news is that you do not have to go through this transition alone! With luxury senior living communities throughout Texas, our team at Franklin Park® Senior Living wants to help by sharing three essential tips for your move into independent senior living.

Tip #1: Gather Information from Your Community

To make your move as smooth as possible, gather as much information about your new independent senior living community as you can ahead of time.

Ask for the details of your specific floor plan with the measurements, so you know how much space you will have in your new home before you start planning and packing. Additionally, ask what furniture (particularly larger items) you are allowed to bring with you or if the apartment comes fully furnished.

By asking these types of questions prior to your move, you will have an idea of how your belongings will fit in your new space, so you don’t pack items you don’t need or won’t fit in your new apartment.

Some of the features of our luxury independent senior living apartments throughout Texas include:

  • Private, spacious apartments
  • Full-size kitchens and appliances with granite countertops
  • Large closets and ample storage space
  • Personal storage units
  • Full-size washer and dryer connections

Tip #2: Start Packing Sooner Rather Than Later

Over the years, we collect things we may not use or need. You likely have decades worth of memories and belongings stored in your home, and it is important to realize that sorting and packing your home will not be a one-afternoon project.

Give yourself plenty of time to go through your home and decide what you want to donate, pass down to family members, throw away, and pack to bring to your new community. Need help getting started? Download our Moving Checklist!

The sooner you start this process, the less stressed you will be as moving day approaches. It may even be helpful for you to set certain deadlines for yourself. For instance, schedule specific times for family members to come and collect heirlooms, schedule a donation pick-up time, or dedicate certain time frames for yourself to solely focus on sorting and packing. This can help keep you on track so you are ready when moving day comes!

Tip #3: Get Involved in Your New Community

Even before your actual move-in date, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your new community. Meet current residents and team members by participating in community events and activities or having a meal in the dining room. The more you do, the more connections you will make and the more comfortable you will feel on moving day.

After you move in, continue to do this and become an active part of the community. Find and participate in activities that align with your interests, join a club or start your own, and share stories and experiences with those around you. This will enable you to form meaningful, long-lasting friendships and lead an engaging lifestyle – which is likely part of the reason you chose to transition into independent senior living in the first place.


It may take some time to feel completely at ease in your new home, which is okay. Take your time, be patient, and remember that this experience is different for everyone.

Our team at Franklin Park® Senior Living is here to help guide you through each step of the process. Independent living at Franklin Park® includes chef-prepared dining options, transportation services, recreational and educational activities throughout the day, as well as access to on-site* conveniences, such as a salon, fitness center, and theatre. (*Some features may vary across communities).

If you would like to learn more about our luxury senior living communities throughout Texas, we invite you to visit our website or contact a member of our team.

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