If you’re a senior who is in the process of moving into a senior housing community, there might be a lot you’re worried or curious about. Here are a few tips to make the entire process a little more stress-free.

Start packing way in advance. You’ll probably have a pretty good heads up about your move, so you should have plenty of time to pack your things up. Don’t waste that opportunity. If you want to pack slowly, that’s okay, as long as you keep making progress. Just make sure you don’t take anything with you that you don’t need. Usually moving to a senior community means downsizing.

Know what to expect before you move in. Ask questions when you’re touring the community and filling out any paperwork. If possible, talk to a resident who already lives in that community so you know what to bring with you and what to leave behind. You’ll feel a lot better about the move if you’re mentally prepared for the experience ahead.

Once you’re in your new community, don’t spend all your time in your own place. Get out and go to some activities. Make some new friends. Spend some time outside. One benefit that comes with any form of senior housing is the community aspect of it. There are so many opportunities to socialize and spend time around other people.

The social aspect isn’t the only reason to participate in activities, though. Taking part in a class or joining in on an outing can be a great way to enrich your life. Activities within our own community are specifically designed to enhance our residents’ mental and physical health. Exercising the mind and body is a great way to get a boost of energy and to enjoy daily life.

Lastly, go into your new community prepared for an adjustment period. Despite all the preparation and anticipation, it won’t feel like home right away. Don’t become upset with yourself if it takes you a little while to adjust. It will feel strange and different, but going to activities and attempting to make friends will make the process easier. Encourage your family to stop by and visit you once you’ve settled in. That way, they’ll know you’re doing okay in your new home and that you’re enjoying yourself.